21 February, 2014
Volume 19 No. 8
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Register for TwitterMathCamp 2014

Moody's Mega Math Challenge

Blogs Come to NCTM Journals


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Register for TwitterMathCamp 2014


Tomorrow, registration for TwitterMathCamp (TMC) 2014 opens to the general public.

This "guerrilla professional development for math teachers" nearly tripled in attendance from its first year to its second, which took place on the campus of Drexel University — the Math Forum's home.

This year, TMC will take place the last long weekend of July in Jenks, Oklahoma. For the complete schedule and session descriptions, see


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

"After re-reading the problem, my world became so much easier."
- Tessa, quoted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Moody's Mega Math Challenge


This free, Internet-based, applied math competition challenges U.S. high school juniors and seniors to work in small teams to solve an open-ended, math-modeling problem focused on a realistic issue — in 14 hours.

Visit the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) website for complete details, sample problems, and archives of previous challenges, which have included

  • Waste Not, Want Not: Putting Recyclables in Their Place
  • All Aboard: Can High Speed Rail Get Back on Track?
  • Colorado River Water: Good to the Last Acre-Foot
  • Energy Independence Meets the Law of Unintended Consequence


Scholarships for the top teams to pursue higher education total $125,000.

Open to eleventh and twelfth graders in all but the westernmost United States, Moody's Mega Math Challenge registration closes next Friday, 28 February:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Your discussion of 'accents' resonates strongly with me. I teach at a small, coastal, rural school where some students have been fishing since they were in grade school. As high school students, they are already financially independent and earning way more than I can ever hope to earn as a teacher. In math classes, they often say there is no relevance and no need to learn what is offered. It is often a language barrier. But it is also a perception that what they do is not math, and that what we do in class is not the same as what they do in their lives."
- Leslie, posted to Max's blog

Blogs Come to NCTM Journals


Earlier this week, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) launched blogs for each of its school journals:

  • Teaching Children Mathematics: Math Tasks to Talk About
  • Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School: Blogarithm
  • Mathematics Teacher: Joy and Inspiration

Freely accessible without a login, each blog focuses on a particular theme and will feature guest mathematics educators.


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