15 November, 2013 Volume 18 No. 46

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2014 Mathematics Game

Illuminations: Bigger and Brighter

Teaching Math to Young Children

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 2014 Mathematics Game Get a jump start on our annual arithmetic challenge! Gearing up for an eighteenth year, the Math Forum's Year Game puzzle returns this January. We'll be looking for students to write expressions for each of the counting numbers 1 through 100 using the digits in 2014 standard operations grouping symbols Come preview this year's complete rules, worksheet, and manipulatives now. Starting Wednesday, 1 January, 2014, students may submit solutions, which we'll start displaying 1 February. PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week "Using metacognition to find out what you know is a great way to do this. Next, I decided to draw a little picture of 1.5 gallons of water. You can see the picture at the bottom. It's the first one that you'll see. Anyways, I drew this diagram so I could remember this information if I ever needed it later. After that, I started really solving the problem...." - Eron, highlighted in the Geometry PoW's latest solution http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4307 Illuminations: Bigger and Brighter Earlier this week, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) unveiled its re-designed website of free resources for teaching math. The Illuminations site now sports a right-hand panel for searching its interactive tools and instructional support according to the NCTM Principles and Standards along with Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM). With the re-design, NCTM has also rolled out more than 40 new lesson plans. Check them out here: http://illuminations.nctm.org/Lessons-Activities.aspx Illuminations is a project designed by NCTM and supported by the Verizon Foundation. Now taking place: math education conversation of the day "Your distinction is crisp enough, and useful. However, it sheds no light on the origin of Liping Ma's expression. Is she claiming most students would write down her one liner and proceed to simplify just by thinking about the word problem?" - Joe, posted to the math-teach discussion http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9325786 Teaching Math to Young Children The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recently released a practice guide of recommendations designed "to capitalize on children's natural interest in math to make their preschool and school experience more engaging and beneficial." Between summaries of evidence and solutions to potential roadblocks, the document breaks each recommendation down into specific steps to carry out, such as Promote accurate one-to-one counting as a means of identifying the total number of items in a collection Encourage children to look for and identify patterns, and then teach them to extend, correct, and create patterns Use open-ended questions to prompt children to apply their math knowledge Create a math-rich environment where children can recognize and meaningfully apply math Illustrated tables in the practice guide include Common counting errors Using informal representations Examples of open-ended questions Examples of tools that can be useful in each math content area The document further outlines half a dozen fun activities: The Basic Hiding game The Hiding Stars game The Concentration: Numerals and Dots game The Shapes game The Favorites game The Animal Spots game Freely download the complete report here:

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