28 October, 2011
Volume 16 No. 43
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In This Issue

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

The 2011 Nation's Report Card

Free Apps


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Grants, Scholarships, and Awards


Apply now for these grants, scholarships, and awards from the Mathematics Education Trust (MET):

  • Classroom Research Grants
  • Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants
  • Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants
  • Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants
  • Equity in Mathematics Grants
  • Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Awards
  • Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants
  • Mathematics Course Work Scholarships
  • Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships
  • Prospective Teacher NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Awards
  • Summer Mathematics Study Grants
  • Teacher Professional Development Grants
  • Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants

Established 35 years ago by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), MET channels the generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning.

The deadline to apply for the opportunities listed above is Friday, 11 November.

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

"Some of the common mistakes we saw were summarized by Student Thirty at Caughlin Ranch ES: 'Errors I made when I first attempted this problem are thinking that you couldn't roll a 0, and thinking that you couldn't flip the numbers you got out of 3 rolls. I changed my answer because discussing the problem with other students helped me to reread the information and think deeply into the problem.'"
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

The 2011 Nation's Report Card


How well are U.S. students performing in mathematics? Join the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) on Tuesday, 1 November, at 11 AM (ET) for a live webinar release of the results of The Nation's Report Card: Mathematics and Reading 2011, Grades 4 and 8.

The 2011 report cards will include detailed state-level data on students' knowledge, as well as trends dating back to 1990, and demographic and background factors: data on racial-ethnic, gender, and income-level achievement gaps.

Jack Buckley, commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), will present the data. He will be joined by an expert panel of NAGB members, including David Driscoll, NAGB chairman and former commissioner of education for Massachusetts; Doris Hicks, principal and CEO of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School for Science & Technology (New Orleans, LA); and Keith Rheault, superintendent of public instruction for Nevada Public Schools.

Register to watch, and to submit your questions to the NCES Commissioner and NAGB members:


To review results from earlier math assessments, and learn more about the assessments themselves, visit


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"It became my new passion (more like obsession) to find a way for kids to be successful problem solvers. This process has been slow but the AHAs are really rolling in now. I have successfully transformed my classroom into a problem centered classroom where I pose PoWs and give specific feedback (noticing and wondering) and then encourage them to resubmit (revise). Just like mulling over a difficult problem, the pleasure you get from solving 'the impossible' is unbelievable. I have started to instill that intrinsic drive in my students and I can't wait to read more solutions ... it is an addiction!!!'"
- Ashley, posted to Suzanne's blog

Free Apps


Ventura Educational Systems offers teachers a free download of one of its iPad apps, which include

  • Hands-On Math: Color Tiles
  • Hands-On Math: Hundreds Chart
  • Hands-On Math: Number Sense
  • Algebra Concepts
  • MindTweak
  • PuzzleLogic

Ventura also produces math software for desktop computers and other platforms, which the Math Forum has recently catalogued in its community library of technology tools. Search Math Tools to learn more about Ventura software, or to rate, review, and talk about specific apps:



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