Exploring the Standards for Mathematical Practice
Looking for new strategies to support your students'
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"
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
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
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?
Q: What is a proof?
A: One-half percent of alcohol.
Q: Why do truncated Maclaurin series fit the original function
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...
- 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":