9 March, 2012
Volume 17 No. 10
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Pi Day: Wednesday, March 14th

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

March Mathness


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Pi Day: Wednesday, March 14th


Celebrate Pi Day in your math class Wednesday, March 14th! Check out the Forum's Teacher2Teacher FAQ for Problems of the Week, Ask Dr. Math conversations, book suggestions, and other web resources on the theme.

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has put out its annual call for pi-related photos:


See the MAA's gallery of snapshots from last year, also on Facebook:


The MAA has collected some of their favorite Pi Day things on a Pinterest board:


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

"Firstly, I did a whole lot of pointless work until I hit a dead end and my mom kindly interjected what the question was actually asking. With this new knowledge in hand, I found each of Marshay's sibling's weights in relation to hers. Now with all that tucked away, I could begin solving the equation. In order to make the equation a little tidier...."
- Chase, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching


The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. The Awards recognize teachers who "develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning."

Nominate outstanding elementary (grades K-6) teachers for the 2012 awards before the Sunday, April 1st deadline. Nominations for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) will be accepted next year.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"The video was made by two women who went to the flip book presentation [at the recent T³ International Conference] and were inspired (no pun intended) to make their own. In the next 24 hours they made the flip book. It was then presented at the closing session."
- Bobbi, posted to the college level mathematics discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

March Mathness


There are more than nine quintillion (9 x 1018) ways to fill out a 64-team March Madness bracket — and almost 150 quintillion permutations for the 68 college basketball teams in this year's men's tournament of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Princeton University Press invites the mathematically inclined to come pick your own brackets for March Madness and share them with its ESPN group.

Check the publisher's blog for interviews of sports rankings experts, coaches, and mathematicians. Their predictions take the power of mathematical methods of rating and ranking, and bring them to bear on the NCAA hoops tournaments. The blog will also provide updates on the group's collective performance, and the best method for picking the winner.

Blog posts, which date back to March, 2011, have described how math is used during tournaments, as detailed in Princeton University Press books such as Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football, by Wayne Winston, and Amy Langville and Carl Meyer's Who's #1?


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