Summer Problems of the Week
With the last of our Current Problems of the Week (PoWs) now in
preview, we have posted a total of 120 challenging
open-response math problems in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Each PoW comes with its own supporting resources — a treasure
trove for designing your own summer projects. If you have a
Full PoW membership, or access through your school or district,
help yourself to the Library Problems. For starters, we've
highlighted a seasonal selection in these pages before:
While we get ready for another series of PoWs starting
mid-August, we'll scale back our responses. But every two weeks
from now until then, the Math Forum will continue to post PoWs
and accept solutions to them.
Want to get in on the fun, but don't have an account yet? A
Current PoW membership provides access to this academic year's
complete set, as well as the summer PoWs through mid-August,
and then all of the puzzles coming next year — quite a bargain
for upwards of 275 PoWs, their teacher packets, rubrics, and
other supporting resources!
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Students used a lot of different methods to figure out how
much the jacket would cost. Let's look at four of them, and
think about how they're related."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution
Center for Student Work
Last week, Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and
Expeditionary Learning (EL) launched an online collection of
exemplary student projects and writing that emphasized
complexity, craftsmanship, and authenticity.
Called the Center for Student Work, this collaboration between
EL, a K-12 education non-profit, and HGSE freely offers videos,
written work, and tools for teachers to create their own
projects, raise questions, and provoke thinking in
The Center's collection of projects already includes dozens of
rich examples of student work in mathematics:
Filter the resources according to topics such as reflective
practice, differentiation, critique and revision, and mindsets:
HGSE and EL welcome submissions year-round. Share your
students' projects and writing for a reviewer to respond later
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"Yo creo que este acertijo pasará a engrosar mi lista de
favoritos. Un enunciado simple y una solución no evidente que
se explica con pocas palabras y te sorprende. Genial!"
- Markelo, posted to the Snark discussion
Some "plainly simple" Flash tutorials came online earlier this
spring. At your own pace, click through mathsplain.com's
explanations of precalculus, calculus, linear algebra, and
probability, step by step.