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Playing With Math
Brief Survey of Grand Challenges in Mathematics Education
Math Ed Podcast
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Playing With Math
http://www.playingwithmath.org/
Subtitled "Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and
Passionate Teachers," the book Playing With Math features
stories by 30 authors telling how they've shared their
enthusiasm for math with others.
Five and a half years in the making, the 300+ page anthology
includes chapters such as

On Noticing and Fairness: A Mindful Math Circle, by Rodi
Steinig (with a puzzle by Avery Pickford: "Is this
for real?")

Bionic Algebra Adventures, by Colleen King (with a story
by Denise Gaskins: "Alexandria Jones in Egypt")

The Oakland Math Circle: A First Iteration, by Jamylle
Carter (with a game by the Exploratorium staff:
"Fantastic Four")

A Prison Math Circle, by Bob and Ellen Kaplan (with a
puzzle by James Tanton: "Math Without Words #2")

Teach Less, Learn More, by Sue VanHattum (with a game by
John Golden: "Modular Skirmish")

Better Teaching Through Blogging, by Kate Nowak (with an
activity by Sean Sweeney: "Candy Launcher")

Area of a Circle, by Fawn Nguyen (with an exploration by
Joshua Zucker: "Coloring Cubes")
VanHattum, last mentioned in these pages four months ago for
her "Top Ten Issues in Math Education" blog posts, edited
Playing With Math. It will ship (or download) in November,
thanks to crowdsourced funds now compensating artists and page
layout folks, and paying for the print run from publisher Delta
Stream Media, founded by Maria Droujkova.
The fundraising campaign ends Sunday, 20 July. To get in on the
pledge rewards, read early reviews, and learn more about
Playing With Math, visit
https://t.co/EAdbqfNrol
Brief Survey of Grand Challenges in Mathematics Education
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCTMGreatChal
What grand challenges do mathematics educators need to solve?
The Research Committee of the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics (NCTM) seeks your input in defining the field's
bigpicture problems in a survey of two short,
openended questions.
Among other qualities, "grand challenges" affect millions, even
hundreds of millions of people; capture the popular
imagination — and thus political support; and, while extremely
hard to do, are doable through multiple research projects
across many subdisciplines.
Math Ed Podcast
http://mathed.podomatic.com/
Since November, 2012, Samuel Otten has interviewed mathematics
education researchers about their recent journal articles and
the research studies behind them. The professor of mathematics
education at the University of Missouri has now conducted more
than three dozen such conversations, which he always concludes
by asking what the interviewee would be doing if not math
education — a question that routinely turns up funny insights.
Freely listen to half hourlong episodes with, among others,

Ian Whitacre on "Happy and sad thoughts: An exploration of
children's integer reasoning" (Journal of
Mathematical Behavior)

Jungeun Park on "Teaching prospective teachers about
fractions: Historical and pedagogical perspectives"
(Educational Studies in Mathematics)

Corey Webel on "High school students' goals for working
together in mathematics class: Mediating the practical
rationality of studenting" (Mathematical Thinking
and Learning)

James Tarr on "New assessments for new standards: The
potential transformation of mathematics education and its
research implications" (Journal for Research in
Mathematics Education)

Whitney Johnson on "Teaching with speeches: A black
teacher who uses the mathematics classroom to prepare
students for life" (Teachers College Record)

Mara Landers on "Towards a theory of mathematics homework
as a social practice" (Educational Studies in Mathematics)

Joanne Lobato on "Students' mathematical noticing"
(Journal for Research in Mathematics Education)

Egan Chernoff on Probabilistic thinking: Presenting
plural perspectives (a volume in the Springer series
"Advances in Mathematics Education")

Patricia MoyerPackenham and Arla Westenskow on "Effects
of virtual manipulatives on student achievement and
mathematics learning" (International Journal of Virtual
and Personal Learning Environments)
In his most recent podcast, Silver talks with Edward Silver.
They discuss the University of Michigan professor's career in
mathematics education, including Silver's work on the QUASAR
project — which supported and studied the improvement of
mathematics instruction in urban middle schools — and his
thoughts about key challenges facing the field of
mathematics education.


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