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2014 Mathematics Game
Illuminations: Bigger and Brighter
Teaching Math to Young Children
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2014 Mathematics Game
http://mathforum.org/yeargames/
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 problemsolving 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
http://illuminations.nctm.org/
Earlier this week, the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics (NCTM) unveiled its redesigned website of free
resources for teaching math.
The Illuminations site now sports a righthand 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 redesign, NCTM has also rolled out more than 40 new
lesson plans. Check them out here:
http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonsActivities.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 mathteach discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9325786
Teaching Math to Young Children
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide.aspx?sid=18
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 onetoone 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 openended questions to prompt children to apply
their math knowledge

Create a mathrich environment where children can
recognize and meaningfully apply math
Illustrated tables in the practice guide include

Common counting errors

Using informal representations

Examples of openended 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:
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/ practice_guides/early_math_pg_111313.pdf


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