13 June, 2014
Volume 19 No. 24
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Problem of the Week Certificates

How to Learn Math: for Students

The Grapes of Math


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Problem of the Week Certificates


Today, we posted students' solutions and mentors' commentary for the last Problems of the Week (PoWs) of the 2013-2014 academic year. To honor your Mathematical Wordsmiths, Deep Conceptual Thinkers, Superb Strategists, and other kinds of great problem-solvers, help yourself to our PoW certificates of participation. Suggested to us by a teacher member, these free PDFs have blank spaces for student names, and make snazzy hand-outs for your end-of-the-year ceremonies.

How to Learn Math: for Students


This coming Tuesday, Stanford University's free online platform debuts a new class for learners of all levels of mathematics.

"How to Learn Math: For Students" takes information on the brain and learning, and combines it with evidence on how to approach and learn math effectively. Part one, "The Brain and Math Learning," addresses these three topics:

  • Knocking Down the Myths about Math
  • Math and Mindset
  • Mistakes and Speed

The self-paced course continues with videos of math applications — to dance, to juggling, to snowflakes, to soccer, and more — in part two, entitled "Strategies for Success":

  • Number Flexibility, Mathematical Reasoning, and Connections
  • Number Patterns and Representations
  • Math in Life, Nature, and Work

Open through the end of the calendar year, this student course runs alongside another one primarily for teachers and parents. "How to Learn Math," first featured in these pages last year when it launched free and attracted some 40,000 course registrants, comes back online the day before, on Monday, 16 June:


Now a fee course, "How to Learn Math" will include three live virtual sessions hosted by Professor of Mathematics Education Jo Boaler.

At the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) in New Orleans this past April, Boaler received NCSM's Kay Gilliland Equity Award "for her contributions to equity in mathematics education and leadership in attacking current problems in mathematics curriculum and supervision":


The Grapes of Math


This past Tuesday, a book hit shelves with the results of "The World's Favourite Number" poll featured in these pages three years ago.

Published in the US with the title The Grapes of Math and in the UK under Alex through the Looking-Glass, Alex Bellos' latest book reveals the hidden math that underpins our lives. In addition to the survey, which elicited feelings about numbers from more than 44,000 respondents, The Grapes of Math also covers universal statistical laws, big data, geometry, logic, cellular automata, and calculus. Along the way, readers meet

  • a private detective in Oregon who catches bad guys with a numerical magic trick
  • a French member of a secret mathematical sect
  • a mathematician who searches for universes from his basement in Illinois
  • a German engineer who designed the first safe rollercoaster loop-the-loop

The Grapes of Math is available in hardcover and eBook formats:



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