16 August, 2013
Volume 18 No. 33
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Math Forum Online PD Course

Innovation Math Challenge

100,000 Practice Problems


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Math Forum Online PD Course


Our next professional development course starts this coming Thursday, 22 August, 2013.

Over the six weeks of "Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners," participants will

  • enhance their understanding of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the role of rich problems in addressing them
  • learn problem solving strategies that allow all students to grow
  • learn how rich problems help teachers differentiate instruction for learners with diverse developmental levels and learning styles

Read these and other goals of the course by visiting


The only technical requirements are a web browser and Internet access.

To see what teachers have said about our past courses upon completing them, check out


The instructor of this course has his first book going to press now. Published by Heinemann, Max's Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense-Making with the Mathematical Practices hits shelves next month:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"As I recall, they provided motivation by giving examples, then gave the definition. That's certainly a common means of exposition in Mathematics."
- Shmuel, posted to the sci.math discussion

Innovation Math Challenge


Have you made any educational media for middle school students? WGBH Educational Foundation wants to know ... and showcase your most creative work on PBS LearningMedia ... and award creators of the best content $1,000 each.

Southern New England's public broadcaster announced this challenge last week as part of "Building Culture, Content and Diversity," a project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Now though November, WGBH invites students, educators, producers, gamers, programmers, and "all creative, curious individuals" to share these kinds of digital resources "directed towards middle school students and loosely aligned with the CCSS for Mathematics":

  • videos
  • games
  • interactives
  • infographics
  • manipulatives

In particular, WGBH seeks educational media that illustrate

  • statistics and probability
  • functions
  • the number system

Consult the official rules for all the details:


WGBH is PBS's largest producer of Web and TV content, including Nova, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Curious George, and other popular series. To see the hundreds of math resources that PBS LearningMedia has already collected, browse


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I see exit ticket and mid and final assessments....no problem sets. I am getting so frustrated. I had all summer to work on curriculum and they are releasing materials so late."
- Marie, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

100,000 Practice Problems


Khan Academy recently announced that they've created lots of new math practice problems — 100,000, to be precise.

Search the knowledge map or browse the hundreds of math topics by clicking "Show All" on


Sign in to this new dashboard, unveiled just yesterday, for recommended skills, an overview of your progress, points and badges to earn, and other features tailored to your learning.

Khan Academy, first featured in these pages three years ago, promises even more math content "to comprehensively and rigorously cover the CCSS," with new questions for many of the 4th-8th grade standards already underway, and all of the Math Standards on target by Fall 2014.


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