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
the digits in 2014
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
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
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:
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
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
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: