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