3 April, 2015
Volume 20 No. 14
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The Math Forum at NCSM

The Math Forum at NCTM

Common Core Math For Parents For Dummies


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


The Math Forum at NCSM


Are you attending the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)?

Math Forum staff will present two sessions in Boston:

Monday, April 13, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (NCSM session 155)
Annie Fetter (@MFAnnie) and Max Ray (@maxmathforum)
Math Forum's Problems of the Week: Practice for Online Assessments
Wednesday, April 15, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 344)
Max Ray (@maxmathforum)
Using Video and Storytelling to Illustrate Teaching with the Mathematical Practices

Wednesday afternoon at NCSM session 373, we'll stage the first of the week's two Ignite events. With NCSM Immediate Past President Suzanne Mitchell as our emcee, these featured speakers will show what makes them passionate mathematical educators, as their 20 PowerPoint slides auto-advance every 15 seconds ... whether they are ready or not!

  • Jim Dooley
  • Annie Fetter
  • Norma Gordon
  • Grace Kelemanik
  • Chris Luzniak
  • Jasmine Yin-Ying Ma
  • Carl Oliver
  • Laurel Pollard
  • Max Ray
  • John Staley


New to Ignite's five minute-long format? Check out videos of our breathless, impassioned talks from conferences past:


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

"Using triangles similar to the ones I used in the previous problem, I can find the measure of the acute angles, which are supplementary to the obtuse angles. I know that there are 21 voussoirs, so the measure of the smaller angle of the triangle is equal to 180 divide by 21, which is 8.5714. From the information I found in the first problem, I created an equation...."
- Baylor, highlighted in the Latest Geometry PoW

The Math Forum at NCTM


Coming to the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)? Check us out:

Thursday, April 16, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (NCTM session 81)
Valerie Klein & Jason Silverman
Online Environment to Support Formative Assessment, Instructional Planning, and Collaboration
Thursday, April 16, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (NCTM session 195)
Lois Burke (@lbburke) & Arlene Smith (@smitee60ne)
Student-to-Student Mentoring in a Rich Problem-Solving Environment
Thursday, April 16, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (NCTM session 196)
Michael Pershan (@mpershan) & Max Ray (@maxmathforum)
Contexts for Complex Numbers
Saturday, April 18, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (NCTM session 704)
Annie Fetter (@MFAnnie) & Debbie Wile (@debwile)
Getting Students Invested in the Process of Problem Solving

Thursday afternoon at NCTM session 287, NCTM President Diane Briars will emcee our second Ignite event in Boston, with these speakers lighting up the ballroom:

  • Robert Berry
  • Peg Cagle
  • Rafranz Davis
  • Annie Fetter
  • Darshan Jain
  • Dan Meyer
  • Eric Milou
  • Max Ray
  • Robyn Silbey
  • Ellie Terry


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"What if it's in Hebrew? (Or any other language read in some order other than left-to-right)? Can a Hebrew speaker tell me what's what?"
- Ron, posted to the sci.math discussion

Common Core Math For Parents For Dummies


On Tuesday, a new book joined the popular "For Dummies" catalog.

Common Core Math For Parents For Dummies is a grade-by-grade walk-through that brings parents up to speed on the mathematics that their children are learning in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This fresh title from publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. shows parents how to

  • become more involved as they study together with their children
  • effectively collaborate with their children's teachers
  • keep tabs on their children's progress

Companion videos support Common Core Math For Parents For Dummies. Freely watch six minute-long clips on

  • addition algorithms
  • addition and subtraction strategies
  • comparing fractions
  • decomposing numbers
  • making 10
  • multiplication algorithms


Author Chris Danielson teaches community college math in Minnesota. A year ago, he appeared in these pages as an Ignite speaker at NCSM's 2014 annual conference:



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