5 December, 2014
Volume 19 No. 49
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PNC Christmas Price Index

Speak at Twitter Math Camp 2015

Odd Squad


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


PNC Christmas Price Index


For the 2015 holidays, PNC Wealth Management has brought to life the gifts from the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" with an animated short film, a sing-a-long, musical videos, and other free content that shows how much all those presents cost, and reveals basic principles of economic fluctuation.

PNC's partner, The Stock Market Game™, provides accompanying lesson plans to help students identify economic trends and to project their impact on the 2015 PNC Christmas Price Index, available in

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

"I've decided to label the points to help aid me towards this problem. To solve this problem, I'll use my knowledge of parallel lines and intervals. By knowing the intersection of lines, I can deduce ..."
- Omar, highlighted in the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution

Speak at Twitter Math Camp 2015


A conference "by teachers, for teachers" is now seeking topics and speakers for its fourth summer weekend of professional development and "enthusiasm replenishment."

Key your suggestions for Twitter Math Camp 2015 (TMC15) into this shared, editable document:


Type in a topic that you want to see, add a "+1" after other entries that interest you, or suggest speakers on teaching challenges that already include

  • formative assessment
  • how to get students to talk math and be involved and accountable in a group
  • standards based grading (SBG)
  • realistic ways to differentiate
  • productive math discussions

Submit your own proposal to speak at TMC15 by Monday, 19 January:


For the schedule from past TMCs, as well as wikis and other resources, check out the archive:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"thank you, @jftrey also, new photos on http://mathforum.org/emc/november25.html"
- themathforum, tweeted to @jftrey

Odd Squad


A live-action television series launched on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) over Thanksgiving — and it's all about math.

"Odd Squad" follows two kid agents as they investigate supernatural mysteries ranging from disappearances of zeros and reindeer to outbreaks of stripes and plaids. Reminiscent of "Men in Black," the 27 minute-long paired episodes pack in many zany romps, mathematical observations — and, when they can't hold it any longer, a requisite "mathroom break."

Reviewed by the Los Angeles Times as "safely weird fun for grade school kids getting introduced to math concepts," "Odd Squad" was created by a duo who wrote for "Blue's Clues" and "Gravity Falls." Check your local PBS listings for show times:


On Wednesday, PBSKids tweeted that the series premiere would be free to download from the iTunes store through Tuesday, 9 December:



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