In This Issue
Habits of Mind
Grants for New Math Teachers' Circles
Winter Fermi Math League
Online PD
Free:
Orientation Sessions
Paid:
Problem Based Learning Courses
Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate
Master's Degree


Habits of Mind
https://mpi.edc.org/blog
A new blog dedicated to mathematical habits of mind debuted
Wednesday — and it promises to feature provocative posts that
explore ways of thinking about the practice and application of
mathematics today.
The second post to the Mathematical Practice Institute (MPI)
blog "Habits of Mind" comes from Al Cuoco, Distinguished
Scholar at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). A 25year
veteran of public school teaching and codirector of the
development of the course for secondary teachers in the
Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) program at the Park City
Mathematics Institute (PCMI), Cuoco discusses current
controversies surrounding the Common Core State Standards
(CCSS) here:
https://mpi.edc.org/blog/promisecommoncore
This blog's focus continues a theme that Cuoco and others at
EDC set forth in a white paper entitled "Habits of Mind: An
Organizing Principle for Mathematics Curriculum." Before
elaborating on geometric habits of mind and the algebraic ways
of thinking that complement them, it envisions students as

pattern sniffers

experimenters

describers

tinkerers

inventors

visualizers

conjecturers

guessers
https://mpi.edc.org/resources/whitepaper/ habitsofmindpaper
In addition to this white paper and other resources, MPI offers
events and services such as webinars, curriculum support,
professional development, and technical assistance:
https://mpi.edc.org/
Want to share your own thinking about mathematical habits of
mind? MPI accepts blog post ideas through this form:
https://mpi.edc.org/aboutus/contactus

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"Once I figured out a strategy, the problem was a lot easier.
People should consider not doing it, as my first way took a
long time. There is actually another way to do this! It is
actually pretty simple...."

 Pete, highlighted in the PreAlgebra's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4327
Grants for New Math Teachers' Circles
http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/ mathforamericaseedgrants/
Thanks to a generous donation from Math for America (MfA), the
American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) recently announced
seed grants of up to $2,000 for new Math Teachers'
Circles (MTCs).
MTCs put middle school math teachers in regular contact with
mathematicians to work collaboratively on mathematical problem
solving in the context of rich problems. Nearly three dozen
states already have an MTC, and eight cities plan to roll out
new circles soon. For a calendar of sessions run by these
member circles, as well as AIM's schedule of "How to Run a Math
Teachers' Circle" workshops, visit
http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/upcomingworkshops/
AIM encourages creative use of their seed grant funding, with
preference going to applications received by Friday,
31 January, that articulate a plan to hold a workshop for
teachers this summer.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"If you could pick 5 of the people you follow who have really
made you 'math smile,' who would they be?"

 Jason, tweeted to @maxmathforum

https://twitter.com/EducatorJason/
status/423998757567352832
Winter Fermi Math League
http://district287.org/fermi/
Do your students like to measure, estimate, and play around
with technology? Then introduce them to the Fermi OfftheWall
Math League!
This Internetbased math competition welcomes students in
grades 19 from around the world who seek enrichment, small
group work, and creative, technologyrich experiences.
A Fermi question is posed with limited information given.
For example,

How many water balloons would it take to fill
grandma's bathtub?

How many cockroaches will fill the trunk of a VW Beetle?

How much fabric would it take to make a camosuit for
Moby Dick?

How many eggs would fit in the Trojan Horse's body?
Fermi questions require that students ask many more questions;
emphasize process rather than "the" answer; demand
communication and writing; and utilize estimation, rounding
numbers and guesses.
Register now; the sixweek Winter '14 season begins Tuesday,
January 28th.


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 email 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.
