1 May, 2015
Volume 20 No. 18
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Mathical Book Prize Winners

Brandenburg's Recommended Math Books

Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching


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Orientation Sessions

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Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

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Mathical Book Prize Winners


Eighteen math-related fiction and nonfiction books recently won recognition from a new program of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and the Children's Book Council (CBC).

To select the first annual "Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens," MSRI and CBC reviewed 175 titles from 50 publishers. Their aim: books that "not only teach math, but also inspire a love of discovering math in the everyday world." Their winners include two books featured in these pages shortly after they hit shelves.

The nonprofit First Book has partnered with MSRI and CBC to make several thousand copies of the winning publications available exclusively to schools and programs serving children in need.

Now through Tuesday, 12 May, post on social media with the hashtag #MathicalBooks for chances to win some of this great mathematical literature:


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

"Dear Marissa, it is nice to have you as my mentor. Let's get started! The reason I multiplied 85 by 5 is because...."
- Mikka, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Brandenburg's Recommended Math Books


Looking for more good reads? Check out Guy Brandenburg's book list, organized into math and science sub-topics, and annotated with capsule reviews and reading level ratings.

During his 30+ years of teaching math in the public schools of Washington, DC, Brandenburg used to assign his 8th and 9th grade algebra and geometry students to read two of these books each year, and then write reports on them.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"So as not to confuse my students, I gave them the formula in words. It worked quite well...."
- Denise, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching


Got an exceptional math activity to share? The Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) wants to know — and award its author a $25,000 cash prize.

For the Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching, North America's only museum devoted to math seeks a lesson that addresses these seven questions especially well:

  • Is it outside the box?
  • Is it fun?
  • What's the math?
  • Is the activity easy to replicate?
  • Does the activity have impact?
  • Is it understandable?
  • Is it well-written?

Check out previous lesson plans and videos, such as last year's winning "Random Walk" entry by Ralph Pantozzi — a long-time friend of the Forum!


New this year: nominations. If you know a full-time teacher with an outstanding math activity to share, fill out this short form for MoMath to invite them to apply:


The deadline for preliminary applications is Tuesday, 19 May:


A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization first featured in these pages during the construction of its 19,000 square foot space five years ago, MoMath strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics.


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