In This Issue
Dr. Math FAQ: What Are Leap Years?
Math Teachers' Circle Workshops
Lipson's Lego Sculptures
Online PD
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Orientation Sessions
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Problem Based Learning Courses
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Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate
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Dr. Math FAQ: What Are Leap Years?
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.calendar.html
2012 is a leap year, so this month ends on Wednesday,
February 29th.
In the leap year of 1996, the Forum began a free askanexpert
service for math students and their teachers. Since then, Ask
Dr. Math has helped millions understand why some years have 366
days, plus lots more mathematics about calendars, including

how to take leap years into account when reasoning the day
of the week one year forward from any given date

how to determine the day of the week for any date

the surprising commonality of Friday the 13ths (2012 has
the maximum number, with two more to go)

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"The other thing I loved about this PoW was that when I was
reading the solutions I was really surprised by how many ways
there were to think about the problem. Silly me, I thought my
way was the obvious and only way... but of course I was wrong.
I loved reading all of the ways you thought of the problem,
and was really impressed that Student fourteen from Caughlin
Ranch Elementary School shared two different ways to solve
the problem!"

 Max, commenting on the PreAlgebra PoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4031
Math Teachers' Circle Workshops
http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/workshops.html
Apply now for the summer workshops "How to Run a Math Teachers'
Circle" and "Math Teachers' Circle Immersion."
Math teachers' circles put middle school math teachers in
regular contact with mathematicians to work collaboratively on
mathematical problem solving in the context of rich problems.
The deadline for these professional development opportunities,
run by the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), is Friday,
16 March, 2012.
AIM recently posted some classroomready
problemsolving lessons:

The Handshake Problem

All Possible Diagonals

Triangular Numbers

Dots and Boxes

Weird Multiplication
Freely download these PDFs, developed by James Tanton and other
master teachers, from here:
http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/resources/classroommaterials.html

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I feel very lucky to have gotten a great educator in high
school mathematics. In addition to teaching us the concepts,
formulas, and rules of mathematics, she listened to us in the
hallways and in class and even in the lunchrooms, and picked up
on some problems we experienced in our daily lives. She would
then utilize that in class, and mathematically model some of
the problems we experienced. In doing this, she even managed to
slip in some math that was not on the exams, which stuck with
me for the past 12 years."

 John, posted to the mathteach discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7670500/
Lipson's Lego Sculptures
http://www.ams.org/mathimagery/thumbnails.php?album=29
Selfdescribed "professional nerd" Andrew Lipson has
constructed M.C. Escher drawings and other mathematical
forms — out of Legos®.
Lipson's Lego Sculptures is the latest Mathematical Imagery
album of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), which lets
you send images of his creations as epostcards.
Have you constructed a mathematical form using Legos? The AMS
invites you to share a photo of it on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/amermathsoc
Other Mathematical Imagery albums of the AMS include

shapes and tilings by Edmund Harriss

simulated snowflakes by David Griffeath and Janko Gravner

woven beads by Gwen L. Fisher

origami by Robert J. Lang
For more of Lipson's brickbybrick creations, check out
his site:
http://andrewlipson.com/mathlego.htm


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