12 December, 2014
Volume 19 No. 50
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Exploring the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Best Math Pun of 2014

Math Education Blog Carnival


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Exploring the Standards for Mathematical Practice


Looking for new strategies to support your students' mathematics learning?

The Mathematical Practice Institute (MPI) recently began a free series of online sessions to help you engage students in learning that enables them to "puzzle through problems" and excel.

Each Wednesday webinar runs 60 minutes, and incorporates audience participation through live text chats. Watch archived videos of the first four sessions:

  • Mathematical Content vs. Mathematical Practice: An Overview of the Standards for Mathematical Practice (MP)
  • Building Perseverance Using Puzzles and Games: Focus on MP1
  • Computational Fluency: Using MP7
  • Regularity in Repeated Reasoning and the Dreaded Word Problem: A Look at MP8

Entitled "Everything in Context: An Overview of MP2 and MP4," the last webinar takes place Wednesday, 17 December. Participate by registering with the green (zero-dollar) "Add to cart" button:


First featured in these pages upon its launch at the beginning of the year, MPI is an institute of the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC).

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

"I used a great thinking method to solve this problem. I believe that algebra is not needed ..."
- Thomas, mentioned in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Best Math Pun of 2014


There's a lot of classic math humor out there — some still worth a chuckle. To wit:

Q: How many mathematicians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: 0.999999....

Q: What is a proof?
A: One-half percent of alcohol.

Q: Why do truncated Maclaurin series fit the original function so well?
A: Because they are "Taylor" made.

Last Friday, the Aperiodical announced an end-of-year competition seeking new and witty play on mathematical terminology. The editors of this "meeting-place for people who already know they like maths and would like to know more" will continue accepting original math puns until next Friday, 19 December, then pick a winner and post the results.

Since 2008, the Aperiodical's blog posts have routinely included podcasts with mathematicians and observations about technology in math. The site also coordinates the Carnival of Mathematics, a monthly round-up that ranges from puzzles to explanations of serious mathematics, from mathematics education to applications — even refutations of bad mathematics:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"The Math Forum @themathforum 'The Ignite sessions on Saturday evening were best-in-class' A+ Job #CMC2014... http://fb.me/1Kn2922gN"
- CMC - CA MathCouncil, tweeted to @themathforum

Math Education Blog Carnival


Similar to the Carnival of Mathematics but for students and teachers of preschool through pre-college mathematics, the Math Teachers at Play (MTaP) Math Education Blog Carnival offers a monthly collection of tips, tidbits, games, and activities.

Homeschooling mom Denise Gaskins organizes the MTaP Math Education Blog Carnival on her "Let's Play Math!" site, which first appeared in these pages six years ago:


Gaskins organizes the MTaP Math Education Blog Carnival every month, but welcomes submissions any time — especially "stories about how students (or teachers) developed insight into a math concept." She invites classroom teachers, homeschoolers, unschoolers, college professors, independent learners, and "anyone who likes to play around with math" to share carnival suggestions here:


Submit by Wednesday, 17 December, to make this month's installment, which goes live two days later at guest blog "Life Through A Mathematician's Eyes":



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