16 December, 2011
Volume 16 No. 50
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Problem Solving Strategies Course

Newton Papers

"What Math Means to Me" Art Contest Winners


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Problem Solving Strategies Course


Participants in this course will solve challenging middle school and high school algebra, geometry, and probability problems, and develop a supplemental curriculum outline supporting the development of mathematical approaches to problems. We will discuss how to support students developing high levels of competence and sophistication with a wide range of mathematical approaches from "guess and check" to "consider a simpler problem" to "analyze in terms of parity."

There will be approximately 30 hours of seat-work involved in this moderated, ten week-long course. It will take place online using Blackboard. The only technical requirements are a web browser and Internet access.

"Problem Solving Strategies" will have a mix that includes Drexel University graduate students from the Mathematics Learning and Teaching master's program, who are taking the course for graduate credit, and teachers from the wider Math Forum community, who are taking it for 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This should provide a nice sized group for interaction, along with useful variety in mathematical approaches and teaching experience.

Download a PDF of the syllabus here:


led by Ellen Clay, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Drexel University; authored by Stephen Weimar, Director of the Math Forum

January 9 - March 18, 2012
Registration closes at 5 pm ET on Friday, January 6, 2012

The six week-long Math Forum course "Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement" also begins in January:


To register for either of these professional development opportunities, please call Tracey Perzan, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 6 pm ET: 215-895-1080 or 1-800-756-7823

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

"This problem can be solved by examining the contingencies (the rules which tell who works with whom). For each child who washes dishes, their contingencies must be true. First I tried the least picky kids...."
- nine, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Newton Papers


Cambridge University Library has just presented the first items in its Foundations of Science collection: a selection from the Papers of Sir Isaac Newton.

This initial release features some of Newton's most important work: his own annotated copy of Principia Mathematica; the so-called "Waste Book," a large notebook that he inherited from his stepfather, and which Newton filled with notes and calculations when forced to leave his Cambridge studies during the Great Plague; and other manuscripts and letters that concentrate on his mathematical work (c1660s) and reveal how he thought about and developed the calculus.

Cambridge University Library holds the most important and substantial collection of Newton's scientific and mathematical manuscripts. Over the next few months, it will bring online most of its Newton papers.

This digitization of works previously available only at Cambridge University Library results from a collaboration between Cambridge and the University of Sussex, home to the Newton Project:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west. This works out to 967.7 visits per second. The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element...."
- David, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

"What Math Means to Me" Art Contest Winners


After more than 2,400 entries, 72 finalists, and more than 20,000 votes cast, McGraw-Hill is proud to announce the 12 winners of the My Math "What Math Means To Me" art contest!

Each of the 12 winning teachers will receive nearly $15,000 in classroom resources from McGraw-Hill and its sponsors. All of the winning artwork will be featured in the McGraw-Hill My Math student materials. The 12 contest winners will have their artwork displayed in the new Museum of Mathematics in New York City.


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