25 November, 2011
Volume 16 No. 47
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Holiday Shopping with The Math Forum

MATHCOUNTS Competition and Club Programs Feature

Sumdog Contests


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Holiday Shopping with The Math Forum


Shopping online with Amazon.com or Target this holiday season? Start at mathforum.org, and with one small initial step, you can help sustain the Math Forum.

Just bookmark or select our page as a "favorite" in your browser. The next time you start to shop online, first click through the "amazon.com" or "Target" icons on our page. If you then purchase anything at either site, a little revenue will come our way, at no extra cost to you.

For as little as $2, Amazon.com sells our Ask Dr. Math books, which present algebra and geometry as a series of questions and answers drawn from our ask-an-expert service:


Thank you for your help!

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

"There were a number of different ways to tackle the Extra. I personally used the method that Shawn used, since I knew it would allow me to answer the question without doing any arithmetic. Here's a look at a number of the methods we received...."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

MATHCOUNTS Competition and Club Programs


Since 1983, the MATHCOUNTS Competition has promoted mathematics achievement through a series of engaging "bee" style contests.

The deadline to register your middle schoolers for the 2011-12 competition is Friday, 16 December. Fees for this national coaching and competitive program start at $10 for a Title I student.

MATHCOUNTS also offers a free club program, which provides schools with the structure and activities to hold regular meetings of a math club. Depending on the level of student and teacher involvement, a school may receive a recognition plaque or banner, and enter a drawing for prizes.


Both the competition and club programs welcome sixth, seventh or eighth grade students in any public, private, religious and home schools in the 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I would like to thank all of the rookie members who are comfortable posting questions that so many other new calculus teachers have. Often there is only one calculus teacher in each high school and this electronic discussion group serves as a way to connect us together. I would also like to thank all of the veteran teachers who promptly and courteously respond to postings."
- John, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

Sumdog Contests


This fall, Scottish educational software creators Sumdog ran 62 math contests across the U.S. for students in grades K-8. Over 100,000 students actively participated, answering 76 million math questions in the process.

Now, in the run-up to Christmas, Sumdog have launched a series of local and statewide math contests across the country. Each day between Monday, 5 December, and Thursday, 15 December, they will give away a $330 math software package.

Sumdog's student activities and teacher logins are free. You only need to pay anything if you want to take advantage of additional reporting tools.

Sumdog's free games, most of them multiplayer, cover over 120 numeracy skills, split into 10 levels. If you don't already have a free login, play as a guest:



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