7 October, 2011
Volume 16 No. 40
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In This Issue

Free Mentoring

BLOSSOMS Site Blooms Anew

Elementary Math Books on Sale


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Free Mentoring


Mentor groups from Oregon, Kentucky, Missouri, and Minnesota will provide feedback to students who submit to Problems of the Week that open on these dates:

  • FunPoW: October 24, November 7, November 21
  • PreAlgPoW: October 31, November 14
  • AlgPoW: October 10
  • GeoPoW: October 17

Please have your students submit solutions; and if they receive replies from a mentor, encourage them to revise. Not only will your students learn more, but the mentors will learn as well!

Want to get in on the fun, but don't have a membership? Register a trial account, which lets you submit to the Current Problems of the Week for 21 days, and access the Problems of the Week Library, too:


BLOSSOMS Site Blooms Anew


The open repository of interactive high school lesson video modules sponsored by MIT's Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) has unveiled an updated website.

Every lesson, filmed in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore, is still a complete resource that includes video segments, a teacher's guide, downloadable hand-outs, and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic.

Since first appearing in these pages six months ago, the library of videos has grown to over 50 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video, Internet downloads, DVDs, and videotapes.

In addition, the new BLOSSOMS site now lets you

  • search by keyword, state standards, or Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • comment on and rate lessons
  • preview upcoming video lessons currently under development in Lebanon, the United States of America, and Saudi Arabia
  • develop custom play lists
  • share suggestions with other teachers
  • volunteer to translate a lesson
  • suggest a topic
  • create your own video (instructions available in English and Arabic)

Once a month, BLOSSOMS publishes a newsletter that highlights the latest lessons, previews what's coming soon, features an MIT BLOSSOMS Video Teacher, and announces international partnerships and workshops. BLOSSOMS invites readers of the Math Forum Internet Newsletter to subscribe to this free one-page newsletter:


Elementary Math Books on Sale


English translations of several influential Japanese mathematics textbooks and workbooks for grades 1-6 recently went on sale.

Many of the ideas from Tokyo Shoseki's Mathematics for Elementary School and from Kyoiku Dojinsha's Mathematics Workbooks made their way into the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Download sample pages and answer keys of these textbooks, which represent the culmination of years of lesson study wisdom.

These back-to-school discounts end Sunday, 16 October.


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