10 January, 2014
Volume 19 No. 2
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The Future of Math Education

Apply for IAS/PCMI Summer 2014

Math500.com Now Does the Homework


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The Future of Math Education


The most promising practices in math education will be the subject of a free webinar on Wednesday, 22 January.

Hosted by Education Week, the moderated hour-long conversation will feature

  • Valerie Mills, President of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
  • Cathy Fosnot, professor emeritus of childhood education, City College of New York (CCNY) and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Francis (Skip) Fennell, past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)

These three panelists will address topics such as

  • formative assessment
  • meeting the diverse needs of all students
  • Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • digital learning technologies

Mills, Fosnot, and Fennell will also field audience questions during the session, as well as a selection of those submitted ahead of time; just type your own in the comment box at the bottom of the event registration form:


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

"This was not such a difficult problem, but the method I used took a while. There were several combinations that I had to make in order to find the correct answer. A table helped me to visualize and calculate...."
- Uju, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution

Apply for IAS/PCMI Summer 2014


Does any rectangle have perimeter and area of the same numerical value?

Can the plane be tiled with kites and chevrons?

In how many ways can 1/2 be written as a sum of unit fractions?

Come investigate these questions — and find out how they are related — at the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI).

Teachers who participate in the 2014 Summer Session of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)/PCMI Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP) receive full support and a stipend during this residential program, which takes place in Park City, Utah, from June 29 - July 19, 2014. Six quarter-credits of 400-level mathematics are available from the University of Washington.

Beyond the mathematical foci on fractions, tilings, and geometry, SSTP participants will also consider research about productive discussions and reflect upon how to facilitate them. Learn more about the SSTP by visiting


Apply before the deadline of Friday, 31 January.

The Math Forum hosts information on PCMI's K-12 programs here, including SSTP working sites dating back to 2001:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Kirk, what is your YouTube channel? I teach Pre-Calculus this year and it's my first time and I could use some videos to help my instruction."
- Vivian, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Math500.com Now Does the Homework


The teacher behind math500.com wrote us this week with an update on how his revision tool, first featured here about a year ago, has since "evolved in our school."

Joe Cunningham's website of self-guided problems reinforces learning by providing automated feedback based on the strategy selected from among the multiple choices presented at each step, or upon the intermediate calculation entered. Step-by-step worked examples provide additional support.

Cunningham has recently added e-mail functionality and class management features to math500.com. The site now lets teachers send students problems by e-mail, monitor when they have begun work, and see how they have performed with the auto-correcting program.

Create your own free account by completing the two boxes above the table of almost a hundred different math topics:



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