28 June, 2013
Volume 18 No. 26
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In This Issue

The Math Forum @ CAMT

NCSM Leadership Academies

Summer Fermi Math League


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


The Math Forum @ CAMT


Come to San Antonio the week after the Fourth of July and check out the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT)!

The Forum will be there, with Max expanding on the theme of his original 5-minute Ignite talk, "Why 2 > 4: A Proof by Induction." As a featured speaker at CAMT, Max will present "When 2 Is Greater than 4: Listening TO Student Thinking" on the morning of Wednesday, 10 July. He will model ways to create authentic listening opportunities in busy classrooms, and the impact these opportunities have on students. He'll also explore formative assessment techniques that avoid the "listening for" trap.

Missed Max's original breathless talk at the 2011 annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)? Replay his Indianapolis presentation and its 20 slides that auto-advanced every 15 seconds ... whether he was ready or not!


NCSM Leadership Academies


Want to lead your school and district toward student success and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? Then attend the Summer Leadership Academy of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).

Taking place in Monrovia, CA, and Columbus, OH, the last two weeks of July, each three day-long 2013 NCSM Summer Leadership Academy focuses on formative assessment strategies and resources for the classroom and professional learning. Participating mathematics leaders and their teachers will learn more about:

  • formative assessment as a powerful instructional tool
  • resources that mathematics education leaders and teachers can use to help their systems grow in understanding and use of formative assessment strategies
  • how to use formative assessment to support implementation and prepare for assessment of the CCSS for Mathematics

Hurry: registration closes Monday, 8 July.

Summer Fermi Math League


Do you like to measure, estimate, and play around with technology? Then join the Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League!

This Internet-based math competition welcomes students in grades 1-9 from around the world who seek enrichment, small group work, and creative, technology-rich experiences.

A Fermi question is posed with limited information given. For example,

  • How many water balloons would it take to fill grandma's bathtub?
  • How many cockroaches will fill the trunk of a VW Beetle?
  • How much fabric would it take to make a camo-suit for Moby Dick?
  • How many eggs would fit in the Trojan Horse's body?

Fermi questions require that students ask many more questions; emphasize process rather than "the" answer; demand communication and writing; and utilize estimation, rounding numbers and guesses.

The four-week Summer '13 season starts Tuesday, 9 July.


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