2 January, 2015
Volume 20 No. 1
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In This Issue

2015 Mathematics Game

LearnZillion's Dream Team

100th Day of School


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


2015 Mathematics Game


The Math Forum's Year Game puzzle started yesterday!

Come challenge your students to write expressions for each of the counting numbers 1 through 100 using

  • the digits in 2015
  • standard operations
  • grouping symbols

A school in New Jersey has invited others to join the wiki that they've used to track their own Year Game contributions and hold internal competitions. Sign in to their free Wikispaces site, created by two sixth graders, for individual team project pages:


Another enthusiast, from Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada), released a version of the game for Android last year. Download Colin Greene's $0.99 LiniYear app from the Google Play store:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Ring in the New Year with @themathforum 2015 Game http://mathforum.org/yeargames/"
- Sherri, tweeted to her followers

LearnZillion's Dream Team


Want to scale your impact far beyond your own math classroom and school?

LearnZillion recently announced that it seeks up to 200 teachers, academic coaches, and administrators who "deeply understand K-8 math content" to expand and strengthen its diverse collection of mathematics Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resources and materials. Create an account to sample its free resources, or check out this lesson set on understanding multi-digit whole number place value concepts:


LearnZillion was co-founded by a teacher and the principal she inspired — during a lesson on dividing by fractions — to wonder, "Could powerful learning experiences be captured so that teachers didn't have to re-invent the wheel every time they taught a standard?" Thanks to a Next Generation Learning Challenge Grant, the company has since progressively scaled up the "Dream Team" of math teachers authoring its materials, and now offers them $2,000 stipends as well as equipment and software.

To learn more about Dream Team teachers, the "TeachFest" they attend, and the application deadline of Sunday, 25 January, start here:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I'm embarrassed to say that I read this article in the NYTimes and didn't notice that this paragraph is a perfect Algebra I problem.... But Dan Meyer did notice."
- Evan, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

100th Day of School


In the coming weeks, many students will be attending school for the 100th day this school year.

The 100th Day can be a lot of fun — and a teachable moment! Counting up to 100 for the 100th day of school gives teachers many special opportunities to investigate place value.

The discussions and links to Web resources found in the FAQ provide many ideas to make your 100th Day a memorable experience for your students.


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