30 March, 2012
Volume 17 No. 13
 
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TI-Technology PoWs Aligned to the Common Core

Math Awareness Month

Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award

 


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TI-Technology PoWs Aligned to the Common Core

http://mathforum.org/tpow/ti.pow.html

We've re-visited Problems of the Week (PoWs) that take advantage of the TI-Nspire™, and developed teacher packets aligning each of our TI-PoWs to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Each TI-PoW now comes with PDFs that detail

  • Standards
  • The Strategy
  • TI-Nspire
  • Key Screen Shots
  • Possible Responses

Students are invited to use the link "Submit your answer" and then "self-mentor" using specially designed hints, checks, and suggestions for extensions.

TI-PoWs come included with any PoW membership. If you haven't already registered for free access to the TI-PoWs, visit

http://mathforum.org/tpow/about.html


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

"I have found lately in PoWs, that charts make doing them a lot easier. I would suggest a struggling student to use them. At first, we worked in a group. We got a few different answers, but realized that they were the same triangles, but said differently. That is the same mistake I just made."
- eighteen, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4045


Math Awareness Month

http://www.mathaware.org/

This April, the theme of Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM) will be Mathematics, Statistics, and the Data Deluge.

The official announcement of MAM 2012 states, in part: "Massive amounts of data are collected every day, often from services we use regularly, but never think about. Scientific data comes in massive amounts from sensor networks, astronomical instruments, biometric devices, and needs to be sorted out and understood. Personal data from our Google searches, our Facebook or Twitter activities, our credit card purchases, and our travel habits are being mined to provide information and insight. These data sets provide great opportunities, and pose dangers as well."

MAM is collecting its own data — in exchange for a chance to win a $100 iTunes gift card! Just enter five words that best describe people who enjoy mathematics and statistics:

http://www.amstat.org/datadeluge/web/survey.cfm

Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Visit mathaware.org for essays, linking icons, a sample press release template, and more.

To download a 17.5" x 21.383" image of this year's MAM poster, visit:

http://www.amstat.org/misc/MAMPosterFinal2.pdf

The American Statistical Association also sells the poster for $1:

https://www.amstat.org/eseries/scriptcontent/BEWeb/
orders/ProductDetail.cfm?pc=MAMPOSTER


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Beside the removal of a penalty for guessing on AP Statistics exam multiple choice questions, what other changes have developed over the last two years?"
- Mike, posted to the ap-stat discussion group
http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2361736


Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award

http://www.turnaround.org/About/Awards.aspx

The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) recognizes outstanding elementary and secondary grade teachers with the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award.

Since 2004, this program has honored teachers "who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in shaping the lives of students and the communities in which they live." It awards three to five public or private school teachers $5,000 cash stipends, plus travel and lodging expenses to the 2012 TMA Annual Convention, November 1-3, in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award program, made possible through the John William Butler Foundation, is open to currently licensed, active teachers employed by accredited schools for at least five years. Download the entry form and apply by the Tuesday, 1 May deadline:

http://www.turnaround.org/cmaextras/2012ButlerCooley_AwardApp.pdf

 

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