9 September, 2011
Volume 16 No. 36
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In This Issue

eInstruction Contest

Apply for a Travel Grant

"Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" National Contest


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


eInstruction Contest


The 5th Annual eInstruction Classroom Makeover Video Contest has begun. Submit your own music video for a chance to win a $75,000 classroom-technology makeover!

In addition to the grand prize, participating K-12 students and teachers can also win a package valued at $2,840 from the Math Forum, consisting of a Problems of the Week School Membership and three registrations in our online courses:

  • PoW Class Membership: Resources & Strategies for Effective Implementation
  • Learning from Student Work: Make the Most of Your PoW Membership
  • Mentor Your Own: Supporting Strong Development of Mathematical Practices

Deadline for submitting your music video about classroom technology use is Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 12 PM ET. Finalists for each grade category will be announced on November 1; and winners, on or about December 16, 2011.

So roll that camera and sing that song ... or parody!

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"The other common way to solve this problem was through guess and check. Most submitters only told me about their correct guess, which left me wondering again... How hard was it to get to that correct guess? Marion B. from Rosemont School of the Holy Child noticed that the first guess was too small and so tried doubling it for the next guess. As the guesses got close, Marion went up by twos because the length of the body had to be even."
- Max, commenting on the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Apply for a Travel Grant


Don't forget ICME 12: apply now to meet the September 30 deadline for travel grants to attend the Twelfth International Congress on Mathematical Education to be held in Seoul, Korea, from July 8-15, 2012.

View the official call and the application on the NCTM website:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"As an 'unschooler' I 'liked' this because The Math Forum is unique in the world of, well, learning services. All [other] learning services, schools, books, online... are based on the idea of a teacher who presumes what you need to know, when you need to know it, how you need to know it (whether a mass schooling standard or more free form styles of something like 'khanacademy' — I've used the latter for some things, btw). The Math Forum is effective because it is fashioned after the way the brain actually works, how living creatures learn — in unschooling terms: student led. I was just thinking about Dr. Math, today, and it finally struck me: 'This is student led, and I'm all about that! Why did I never notice that before!?'"
- James, posted to the Forum Facebook Wall

"Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" National Contest


In the American Mathematical Society (AMS) game "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician," high school students answer multiple choice mathematics questions as they compete for cash and prizes. The winning contestant pockets $5,000, with the math department of that teen's school earning an additional $5,000.

Request a qualifying test for your high school students by emailing the AMS Public Awareness Office, paoffice at ams dot org, with the subject line "National WWTBAM." In the body of the message, include your name, school, contact information, and courses taught this year.


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