4 October, 2013
Volume 18 No. 40
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Financial Education Problems of the Week

Explore the MathTwitterBlogosphere

Speak Up


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Financial Education Problems of the Week


We recently posted free Problems of the Week (PoWs) for financial education — one PDF for each grade K-12, all aligned to both the Council for Economic Education (CEE) and Jump$tart national financial literacy standards, as well as to the content and mathematical practices of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The California Department of Education has included these Financial Education PoWs in its Draft Mathematics Framework. To comment on the Golden State's proposal, slated for completion at month's end, visit


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

"We have seen at least 10 unique methods. Naomi G. of Johnson Middle School used Guess and Check as her first solving method (she included four!). I was excited to see that two students used a very unusual method of solving this problem. I say that it's unusual because I've only seen two people do it before...."
- Annie, commenting on the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution

Explore the MathTwitterBlogosphere


Starting Sunday, a quartet "unnaturally obsessed" with teaching math will introduce teachers to the power of the online community that freely shares great math teaching ideas — the mathtwitterblogosphere, or MTBoS.

More than four hundred math teachers already anticipate engaging in the fun missions and prompts created by Tina Cardone, Julie Reulbach, Justin Lanier, and Sam Shah, all of whom participated in the Twitter Math Camp that took place in the Forum's back yard two months ago. Plug into the MTBoS by commenting on the WordPress page above, which also offers a box to just receive the small tasks via e-mail.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Today I picked up a book entitled A History of Trumansburg, NY, 1792-1967, opened it to a random page, and found the following passage: 'The Tompkins County Teachers' Association was organized. The first session was held at the new Opera Hall. There were discussions on such timely topics as the wisdom of keeping pupils after school (not wise) and the absurdity of sending a man from the Department of Education to talk to the teachers when they could do as well themselves....' Timely in 1871, still timely 142 years later."
- Evan, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Speak Up


This annual survey facilitated by Project Tomorrow gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues — and to influence local, state and federal policies and programs.

Since its inaugural survey a decade ago, when it went by the name NetDay, millions of students, educators, and parents have shared their views through this national online research project. This year's survey, which happened to go live two days into the federal government shutdown, asks about education technology funding, CCSS, and online reading comprehension.

Participants may request survey data from previous years here:


Download sample survey questions, flyers, and other promotional materials — also available in Spanish — to help spread the word:



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