In This Issue
Budget Challenge
Statistics in Schools
Toshiba America Foundation Grants
Online PD
Free:
Orientation Sessions
Paid:
Problem Based Learning Courses
Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate
Master's Degree


Budget Challenge
http://expi.co/06UEJ
What if kids had all the money?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQY3DdOAQtU
H&R Block earlier this week announced an online simulation to
provide teens with financial management skills — and they've
earmarked $3 million in scholarships and classroom
grant awards.
The Budget Challenge by the world's largest tax services
provider assigns each student a fictitious job, salary, and
accounts with cell phone companies, cable providers, and other
vendors. As their bills arrive over the course of the nine
weeklong simulation, students must figure out how to balance
their paychecks while contributing to retirement plans.
Freely register for the H&R Block Dollars & Sense Budget
Challenge and its accompanying financial literacy lessons here:
http://www.hrbds.org/

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"As soon as I wrote it down, I realized I had made the same
mistake twice. As I kept mauling over it, I came across two
numbers with lots of potential...."

 Lillian, highlighted in the PreAlgebra PoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4458
Statistics in Schools
http://census.gov/censussis/
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released into beta a program to
support statistics education.
Statistics in Schools (SIS) freely offers activities, maps,
news articles, videos, infographics, and games that combine
math and history. Examples of these classroom resources include

tools for identifying the demographics of specific states
and metro areas

activities to analyze information correlating income to
educational attainment

specific data, such as the number of singlefather
households, vehicles per household, and salary based on
industry sector

worksheets to graph state population demographics

activities for estimating how many people in the U.S. walk
to work
Click on "Teach," in the purple strip near the top, then toggle
the triangles on the left for resources specific to each of
grades K8 or high school ("interpreting data"):
http://census.gov/censussis/index/teach.html
The Census Bureau teamed up with the American Statistical
Association (ASA), the National Geographic Society (NGS), the
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), and the
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to vet and
evaluate SIS materials. Designed to complement rather than
replace existing lesson plans, they are aligned to Common Core
State Standards (CCSS) and the UCLA National Standards
for History.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"While looking over my 5th graders' math pages, I noticed the
'Make a problem simpler' strategy being used. It increased a
SIMPLE division problem into several more steps. What, if any,
disadvantages do you see to employing this strategy? I see this
would be useful to understand the structure of a problem, that
there are more ways than one to solve the problem, as they go
on to college math — but does this make sense for 'everyday
living'? P.S. Glad I found your blog. It gave me a better
understanding of the goals of the CC Standards and
their strategies."

 Donna, posted to Max's blog

http://mathforum.org/blogs/max/
problemsolvingstrategiesandthe commoncorepracticestandards/#comment56711
Toshiba America Foundation Grants
http://www.toshiba.com/taf/k5.jsp
Passionate about making mathematics more engaging for your
students in grades K5? The Toshiba America Foundation is
currently accepting applications for grants of up to $1,000.
See the Toshiba America Foundation site for past recipients,
teacher resources, and more — and apply before the deadline of
Wednesday, 1 October!


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