25 October, 2013
Volume 18 No. 43
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In This Issue

Curriculum Inspirations

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

Calling All Mathematical Halloween Pumpkins


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Curriculum Inspirations


A new collection of resources aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Problem Solving Strategies came out last weekend.

Curriculum Inspirations, based on the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) American Mathematics Competitions (AMC), demonstrates practical ways for students to explore mathematics and mathematical thinking. The collection includes videos and essays on problem solving strategies such as

  • Engage in Successful Flailing
  • Engage in Wishful Thinking
  • Draw a Picture
  • Solve a Smaller Version of the Same Problem
  • Perseverance is Key
  • Second-Guess the Author
  • Avoid Hard Work
  • Go to Extremes

Developed by James Tanton, who conducts Math for America's professional development program, Curriculum Inspirations received support from the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation and the TBL and Akamai Foundations.

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

"To make sure that I completely understood the problem, I read it through a few times. I then pondered the question. It didn't make sense so I thought some more. Then I got an idea.... To make sure I had my answer correct, I solved it another way, using an algebraic formula.... REFLECTIONS: 1. I feel much better about my answer because I solved it another way and also came up with a formula to go with it. 2. I really think doing this problem helped my understanding of algebra a lot. It made me feel more comfortable about doing algebra, too."
- Evan, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards


Apply now for these grants, scholarships, and awards from the Mathematics Education Trust (MET):

  • Classroom Research Grants
  • Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants
  • Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants
  • Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants
  • Equity in Mathematics Grants
  • Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Awards
  • Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants
  • Mathematics Course Work Scholarships
  • Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships
  • Prospective Teacher NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Awards
  • Summer Mathematics Study Grants
  • Teacher Professional Development Grants
  • Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants

Established 36 years ago by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), MET channels the generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning.

Hurry: all the opportunities listed above share a deadline of Friday, 8 November.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I'll check it out. I've got a green screen and I know a 3rd grade teacher with a fake campfire."
- Laurel, tweeted to @MFAnnie

Calling All Mathematical Halloween Pumpkins


Carving your Halloween pumpkin mathematically this year? The MAA wants to know.

Send photos of your mathematical gourds to editor@maa.org. MAA will feature the best ones on its Halloween Found Math page.

For inspiration, check out last year's gallery:



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