28 March, 2014
Volume 19 No. 13
Friend us on Facebook   Read and comment on our Blog   Follow us on Twitter

In This Issue

The Math Forum at NCSM

The Math Forum at NCTM

Stack Exchange for Mathematics Educators Goes Public


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


The Math Forum at NCSM


Are you attending the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)?

Math Forum staff will present two sessions in New Orleans:

Monday, April 7, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (NCSM session 139)
Annie Fetter — @MFAnnie
Sense Making? Aren't We Already Doing That in Literacy?
Monday, April 7, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (NCSM session 163)
Max Ray — @maxmathforum
Does That Make Sense in the Story? Front-loading Formative Assessment During Problem Solving

Ignite talks return, too — this year, as a joint collaboration between the Forum and NCSM. Wednesday afternoon at NCSM session 366, each of our featured speakers will show what makes them passionate mathematical educators, as 20 PowerPoint slides auto-advance every 15 seconds ... whether they are ready or not!

  • Christopher Danielson
  • Rafranz Davis
  • Sadie Estrella
  • Annie Fetter
  • Linda Fulmore
  • Lani Horn
  • Justin Lanier
  • Steve Leinwand
  • Harshil Parikh
  • Max Ray


New to Ignite's five minute-long format? Check out videos of our breathless, impassioned talks from conferences past:


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

"First, I made a table. I did this because I know that when you make a table, you can always find a pattern and it makes it easier to find the answer. Once I wrote 5 steps of my table, I realized a pattern was taking place. To get the next number in this sequence, you have to ..."
- Saachi, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

The Math Forum at NCTM


Coming to the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)? Check us out:

Monday, April 7, 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM (NCTM Research Session 5)
Jason Silverman
Describing vs. Deducing: Characterizing Teachers' Analysis of Student Work
Tuesday, April 8, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM (NCTM Research Session 79)
Annie Fetter — @MFAnnie
Colleagues 2.0: The MathTwitterBlogoSphere and Mathematics Teachers' Professional Learning
Thursday, April 10, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (NCTM session 8)
Suzanne Alejandre — @sumaczanne
Unsilence Students' Voices
Saturday, April 12, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (NCTM session 573)
Annie Fetter — @MFAnnie and Debbie Wile — @debwile
Sense Making? Aren't We Already Doing That in Literacy?

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"We are having discussions on who can take a Regents exam and have some major differences of opinion. There are good arguments for both sides. Why not give a student a chance, no matter how slim? But this would negatively impact state reporting of a district's results, since a very high percentage of this type of student would not pass."
- Bob, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Stack Exchange for Mathematics Educators Goes Public


On Tuesday, a new Q&A site for math teachers went live — and over 400 educators and professors there have already answered hundreds of each others' questions at a clip above 95%.

The Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange has, after a month in development, reached public beta bubbling with questions such as

  • How can we help students who are very anxious about math?
  • Should I design my exams to have time-pressure or not?
  • What are the arguments for and against learning multiplication table by heart?
  • How to assign homework when answers are freely available or attainable online?
  • Advantages on repeating question in student's answer
  • What is fairly new theorem one can teach (and prove) to an undergraduate student?

Come freely ask your own question, answer a question, or "vote up" the best answers. Voters get reputation within the community, which plans to periodically hold democratic moderator elections. Especially fruitful questions, helpful answers, and other forms of participation earn badges such as "famous question," "guru," "mortarboard," "booster," and "Strunk & White."

Described as "all about getting answers — no chit-chat," this question-and-answer site requires no cost or registration. For more about the Mathematics Educators Stack Exchange, consult


Stack Exchange has for years also operated a popular Q&A for people studying math at any level. Nowadays, the Mathematics Stack Exchange boasts nearly 100,000 members:



This newsletter is provided as a service of The Math Forum, an online educational community for mathematics hosted by Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

You're receiving this e-mail because you are subscribed to the newsletter. This is a recurring mailing. You have the option to receive this newsletter in either html or plain text formats. To unsubscribe from future mailings, change your subscription, or browse all newsletters, please see our newsletter web archive.

The Math Forum is also home to Ask Dr. Math, Problems of the Week, MathTools, Teacher2Teacher, the Internet Math Library, math discussion groups, and over 1,000,000 pages of mathematics information and discussions.

Copyright © 2014 Drexel University. All Rights Reserved. 800-756-7823
Contact Us
| Back Issues | Subscribe/Unsubscribe