15 May, 2015
Volume 20 No. 20
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Teaching and Learning Videos: NSF

Teaching and Learning Videos: NCTM

Digest of Education Statistics


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Teaching and Learning Videos: NSF


This week, the Math Forum has had two different projects featured in the National Science Foundation (NSF) 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase:

The NSF 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase highlights innovative NSF-funded work that improves teaching and learning. Check out our three minute-long videos, then browse or search through the clips of more than a hundred other projects:


Videos will remain online after the weeklong showcase event wraps up today, but if you have questions for the presenters, ask them before midnight tonight. Just scroll down through the gray "Public Discussion" area below each individual video.

And vote! You can recognize the most compelling videos that creatively communicate cutting-edge work by clicking the black "Public Choice" buttons, or by voting through Facebook, Twitter, or email ballot:


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

"CAUTION: Really long response. So I got the answer pretty fast and I'm proud :).... Step 3: A while back, my kindergarten teacher taught me something really valuable...."
- Lilyana, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Teaching and Learning Videos: NCTM


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and The Hunt Institute have produced a series of videos to enhance understanding of the mathematics that students need to succeed in college, life, and careers.

Beginning in the primary grades, the clips address the importance of developing a solid foundation for algebra, as well as laying the groundwork for calculus and other postsecondary mathematics coursework. The series also covers the Standards for Mathematical Practice elaborated in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M), and examines why developing conceptual understanding requires a different approach to teaching and learning:

  • Building Conceptual Understanding for Mathematics
  • Mathematics in the Early Grades
  • Developing Mathematical Skills in Upper Elementary Grades
  • Mathematical Foundations for Success in Algebra
  • Preparation for Higher Level Mathematics
  • Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Parents Supporting Mathematics Learning
  • Conversations about K-12 Mathematics Education

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Hi Annie! Glad you are here! Looking forward to the 28th with you as moderator too! #elemmathchat"
- Melynee, tweeted to @MFAnnie

Digest of Education Statistics


Last week, the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics released its most recent Digest of Education Statistics.

The Digest provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education, from prekindergarten through graduate school. It contains data on schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, graduates, educational attainment, finances, and much more.

The section entitled "Student Performance," which begins on page six, focuses on mathematics scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and international comparisons such as the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Browse the Digest's many tables and figures here:


To read the complete report, download the PDF:



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