27 January, 2012
Volume 17 No. 4
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Algebra 4 All

Summer STEM Opportunities from the Siemens Foundation

Reel Math Video Contest Voting Ends Soon


Online PD


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Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

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Algebra 4 All


A social network made its public launch last weekend — and it's dedicated to algebra teachers.

At Algebra 4 All (A4A), teachers support one another in the practice of teaching algebra. Check out, in particular, the discussion forum, where teachers have already shared more than 250 of their own lesson plans; and the assortment of activities in the resources area, many of which feature video clips on implementation and original Flash applets, also available for standalone use.


Begun in 2009 as a private social network established for the Michigan Algebra for All Project, A4A now runs on Ning software with support from four network moderators, all current or former teachers.

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

"Sarah Z from Highlands Elementary School wrote, 'When it said, "A one-digit positive whole number," I got kind of confused too because there were so many words describing the number. So I had to read it really slowly in order to understand it; I thought to myself: One-digit, okay, got it. Positive. Okay, so it's not in the negatives. Whole number, got it, no decimal points.' That's a great example of slowing down and reading the problem piece by piece to be sure you understand what it's telling you. Students tackled the problem from several different directions. Guess and check was the method used by many students. Gavin T of Highlands Elementary School took a slightly different tack. He didn't actually guess anything. He instead reasoned his way through the problem."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

Summer STEM Opportunities from the Siemens Foundation


The Siemens Foundation offers middle and high school teachers two different summer opportunities for professional development in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Siemens STEM Institute and Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) Fellowships bolster STEM learning and provide pragmatic skills for teachers to translate back into the classroom.

Apply for either all-expenses-paid program by Thursday, 9 February.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I have been working for a number of years to change the training of elementary school teachers within my institution and the resistance is enormous at the collegiate level (and not, for the most part, from the mathematics department). We have met the enemy and he is, sadly, us. And I'm not talking about the teacher's union."
- Ed, posted to the math-learn discussion

Reel Math Video Contest Voting Ends Soon


Come watch short math videos made by US middle school students — and vote for your favorite before next Wednesday, 1 February, in this contest run by MATHCOUNTS!

Browse the newest or "most liked" five minute-long clips; or search by keyword, school name, Common Core State Standard, key math topic, US state, or problem number from the 2011-2012 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook, freely available for download here:



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