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Teacher Leadership Program
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Want to exercise geometric habits of mind? and figure out what
students are thinking about math? Participate in the Teacher
Leadership Program (TLP).
Part of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)/Park City
Mathematics Institute (PCMI), TLP promotes math teacher
capacity through collaboration with colleagues from across the
nation. Through an intense mathematical experience, focused
reflection on the practice of teaching, and leadership
development around standards such as the Common Core State
Standards (CCSS) or the Texas TEKS, teachers gain perspective
about the work of teaching and develop their potential for
contributing in meaningful ways to the field.
For the summer of 2015, TLP participants will take the math
course "Some Applications of Geometric Thinking," as well as
"Reflecting on Practice: Using Formative Assessment to
Inform Instruction."
Apply for this threeweek residential program before the
deadline of Saturday, January 31, 2015.

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"Finally, I want to leave you with a fun challenge that I don't
know how to solve! Emma B. from Birch Wathen Lenox School had a
different interpretation of the problem...."

 Max, commenting on the PreAlgebra PoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4505
mikesmathpage
http://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/
Roughly every other day for a year now, a former math
professor has blogged about his adventures homeschooling his
children.
Rich with video clips of his sons at a white board, and
sometimes conducting experiments and handling manipulatives,
Mike Lawler's posts have included

Another great problem from Fawn Nguyen (2 of infinity)

Conrad Wolfram's ComputerBased Math Education Summit
talk and "Perfect" Pentagons

Family Math and paper folding

Fun with James Tanton's base 1.5

Neat math online and some fun number patterns for kids

Numberphile's "Pebbling the Chessboard" game and
Mr. Honner's square

Surprises you get watching kids do math

The last 4 digits of Graham's number

3D Printing and "Rollers"
Lately, Lawler has introduced his boys to ideas from some
famous mathematicians:

A 3d Geometry project for kids and adults inspired by
Kip Thorne

Terry Tao's MoMath lecture part 3: The speed of light
and parallax

The Collatz conjecture and John Conway's
"amusical" variation

Using Jacob Lurie's Breakthrough Prize talk with kids
With a top ten list last Thursday, he recapped the "fun
mathrelated things I'll remember from this year":
http://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/ 10funmaththingsfrom2014/

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I sense a pattern. Could it be that the solution exists
whenever x is odd? What is the most general sort of
consideration that reduces to evenness/oddness in this
particular example? But none of the solutions presented,
including my approach above, are necessarily better than what
Jim Ke mentioned.... Perhaps Jim Ke's question is not
so innocent."

 Joe, posted to the mathteach discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9667246
Significant Digits
http://fivethirtyeight.com/tag/roundups/
Seventytwo million dollars in fake money ... 1.66 cents ...
294 mistakenly accepted freshman ... 80% of Los Angeles' water.
On Tuesday, FiveThirtyEight began rolling out a daily digest
of "the telling numbers tucked inside the news."
Every day since, the selfdescribed "data journalism site" has
rounded up ten topical items, described each quantity in a few
sentences, and linked to sources ranging from The New York
Times to Pew Research Center to Grub Street.
FiveThirtyEight last appeared in these pages eight months ago,
shortly after its relaunch under the auspices of sports
entertainment company ESPN.


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