24 October, 2014
Volume 19 No. 43
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Agree or Disagree?

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

Calling All Mathematical Halloween Pumpkins


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Agree or Disagree?


A teacher in southern California has launched a website to stir students into making mathematical arguments.

Agree or Disagree? freely offers twenty second-long video scenarios to motivate math students to "choose a side, start a fight, justify, ask questions, ask for information." Prompts, such as "The man's maximum height was no more than 50 feet," come with sets of accompanying Microsoft PowerPoint clips.

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"I wasn't sure that was right, so I saw if my prediction was right by seeing if the numbers would fit with the other equations."
- Webb, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards


Apply now for these grants, scholarships, and awards from the Mathematics Education Trust (MET):

  • Classroom Research Grants
  • Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants
  • Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants
  • Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants
  • Equity in Mathematics Grants
  • Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Awards
  • Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants
  • Mathematics Course Work Scholarships
  • Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships
  • Prospective Teacher NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Awards
  • Summer Mathematics Study Grants
  • Teacher Professional Development Grants
  • Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants

Established 38 years ago by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), MET channels the generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning.

Hurry: all the opportunities listed above share a deadline of Friday, 7 November.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"There has been much buzz lately because of the just released PhotoMath app that claims to solve a math problem simply by taking an image, and then providing a step-by-step solution. If one actually tries this PhotoMath app, one finds that the camera does not recognize many simple equations...."
- Henry, posted to the discussion of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

Calling All Mathematical Halloween Pumpkins


Carving your Halloween pumpkin mathematically this year? The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) wants to know.

Send photos of your mathematical gourds to editor@maa.org. MAA will feature the best ones on its Halloween Found Math page.

For inspiration, check out last year's gallery:



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