22 May, 2015
Volume 20 No. 21
 
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Summer Problems of the Week

Center for Student Work

Mathsplain

 


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Summer Problems of the Week

http://mathforum.org/pows/

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:

http://mathforum.org/electronic.newsletter/mf.intnews14.20.html

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!

http://mathforum.org/pow/productinfo.html


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
http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4537


Center for Student Work

http://centerforstudentwork.elschools.org/

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 their classrooms.

The Center's collection of projects already includes dozens of rich examples of student work in mathematics:

http://centerforstudentwork.elschools.org/
projects?field_csw_item_subject_tid%5B%5D=6

Filter the resources according to topics such as reflective practice, differentiation, critique and revision, and mindsets:

http://centerforstudentwork.elschools.org/resources

HGSE and EL welcome submissions year-round. Share your students' projects and writing for a reviewer to respond later this autumn:

http://centerforstudentwork.elschools.org/content/submit-work


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
http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9778436


Mathsplain

http://www.mathsplain.com/

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.

 

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