In This Issue
Winter Fermi Math League
Toshiba America Foundation Grants
Call for Speakers: HPMAmericas Meeting
Online PD
Free:
Orientation Sessions
Paid:
Problem Based Learning Courses
Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate
Master's Degree


Winter Fermi Math League
http://district287.org/fermi/
Do you like to measure, estimate, and play around with
technology? Then join the Fermi OfftheWall Math League!
This Internetbased math competition welcomes students in
grades 19 from around the world who seek enrichment, small
group work, and creative, technologyrich 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 camosuit 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.
Registration opened last week for the sixweek Winter '13
season, which starts Tuesday, January 29th.

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"Claire W., from Wallingford Elementary School, starts off with
a pretty bold statement. (Don't worry if you don't know why
it's true — we'll learn more in Michael's solution below.)
If you didn't notice this, no big deal. I didn't notice it
until I was done solving the problem."

 Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4163
Toshiba America Foundation Grants
http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612.jsp
Passionate about making mathematics more engaging for your
students in grades 612? The Toshiba America Foundation is
currently accepting applications for grants of more than $5,000.
See the Toshiba America Foundation site for past recipients,
teacher resources, and more — and apply before the deadline of
Friday, February 1st!

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I did heed your advice and not look at your solution at all
because Jussi (2nd reply on this thread) had already pointed
out the mistake in my observation. As soon as I saw his point,
we solved the problem and got the answer. I then read your
reply to see that we had arrived at the same solution. Thank
you for your generous help and caution. We grunt it out all the
time, but missed a key observation that would have alleviated
the situation."

 s, posted to the alt.math.undergrad.independent discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=8083488
Call for Speakers: HPMAmericas Meeting
http://www.ams.org/meetings/calendar/ 2013_mar13_westpoint.html
The Americas Section of History and Pedagogy of Mathematics
(HPM) has set its annual meeting for March 13, 2013, at the
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. To register
for the meeting — which includes a special visit to the
United States Military Academy's rare book
collections — download and follow the instructions on this
Microsoft Word file:
http://www.hpmamericas.org/wpcontent/uploads/ 2013/01/130301HPMAnnounce.docx
HPM seek a variety of talks on the relation between the history
and pedagogy of mathematics. Talks directly relevant to the use
of the history of mathematics in mathematics classrooms are
especially welcome, as are reports of studies relating history
and pedagogy.
Send the title and abstract of your talk proposal, along with
contact information, to fred.rickey@me.com by Friday,
February 15th, 2013.


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