24 May, 2013
Volume 18 No. 21
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In This Issue

What Ignites the Math Forum?

Northwest Mathematics Interaction Summer Programs

Learning Trajectories


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


What Ignites the Math Forum?


Can our Problem of the Week Administrator relate an osprey nest sighting to the third Common Core State Standard (CCSS) Mathematical Practice, "Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others"?

Can our Professional Collaboration Facilitator set up a math teaching send-up of Carly Rae Jepsen's song "Call Me Maybe"?

See if Annie can reveal hidden decision-making, or if Max can convince you why and how to use Twitter, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds ... whether they are ready or not!

These newest five minute-long videos from Key Curriculum's last Ignite event join seven others of Forum staff at previous conferences speaking breathlessly about our passion for math education.

Key has hosted and posted the talks of Eleanor Terry, Nick Jackiw, Dan Meyer, Steve Rasmussen, and dozens of others as part of this series. For the full collection — 300 seconds at a time — check out their YouTube playlist:


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

"The ABCs of Exponents problem was perfect because it fit right in with what I am learning in math right now!.... Now that I knew that these were all the possible answers, I checked each one by substituting them into the another equations."
- Breanna, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's latest solution

Northwest Mathematics Interaction Summer Programs


Northwest Mathematics Interaction (NWMI) summer courses for math teachers take place the last week of July — and now seek teachers from beyond Washington and the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI).

Courses geared for the CCSS include

  • Geometry and Measurement in the Common Core
  • Serious Fun: Math Practices through Recreational Math
  • Data and the Common Core: Middle and High School
  • Algebra and the Common Core: Expressions, Functions and Polynomials
  • Algebra Alternative — post Algebra 1: Going Deep into Collection of Evidence

Since 1995, NWMI's high-energy immersion programs have introduced participants to a broad spectrum of approaches to teaching geometry and other subjects.

Founded as an outreach program of Washington-state PCMI alumni, and affiliated with it ever since, NWMI is a collaboration of Washington secondary and college math teachers sponsored by the University of Washington Department of Mathematics.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Hi Narasimham, welcome back to the good old geometry puzzles forum. I tried to solve the problem as follows...."
- Avni, posted to the geometry.puzzles discussion

Learning Trajectories


A research team has developed 18 learning trajectories that unpack the K-8 CCSS for Mathematics from the standpoint of student learning.

Created by a North Carolina State University team called Generating Increased Science and Math Opportunities (GISMO), TurnOnCCMath.net also elaborates the underlying scientific research in mathematics education.

Click on a hexagon or a trajectory for detailed descriptors that articulate students' progression from prior knowledge and naïve conceptions to more sophisticated mathematical concepts and reasoning.

And stay tuned for a series of free, Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) to help you implement the CCSS Mathematics using GISMO's Learning Trajectories.

GISMO receives support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Oak Foundation, and the Joseph D. Moore Endowment.


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