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As highlighted here in November, CueThink integrates some of
the Math Forum's own Problems of the Week (PoWs). A
presentation by its Chief Academic Officer recently joined the
Forum's line-up of Ignite talks:
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Max H. from Nether Providence Elementary says, 'This problem
was somewhat easy for pre-algebra. I solved it in less than 8
steps.' Let's take a look at some of the strategies you used.
By far the most popular was.... Last but not least — I
couldn't help but include Seth P. from Mesa Union Junior High,
whose solution was in rhyme!"
- Max, commenting on the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
A provocative mini-conference led by teachers finished posting
videos of all their talks last week.
Hosted during the twilight hours of the 2015 annual meeting of
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Shadow
Con featured six speakers:
Christopher Danielson: Listen to Your Students
Laila Nur: Let's Laugh about Math: Promoting Confidence
Elham Kazemi: Sitting among Students: How Open Doors and
Collaboration Invigorate Our Teaching
Tracy Zager: Breaking the Cycle
Kristin Gray: Be Genuinely Curious
Michael Pershan: Why Our Hints Don't Help
Striving for an enduring conference experience, each speaker
issued a call to action — and offered their ongoing online
support to help teachers satisfy those challenges. Participate
by watching a clip, each of which runs about 15 minutes, then
scrolling down to add your comments or tweeting with the
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"While I agree with most of what you say, 'Giving a test with
calculator and non-calculator sections is ridiculous. They are
mandated for the technology — so let them use the technology'
is something I strongly disagree with as students who take AP
Calculus must do two parts of the exam without a calculator....
In addition, how many students place into remedial math courses
in college simply because they forget how to do basic math
without the use of a calculator? Getting our students through
our own exams is important, but it is not the only thing that
is important. We are supposed to be making them college and
- Tricia, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion
group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State
Socks Are Like Pants
Natural Math has a new book in the works that makes algebra
beautiful, playful, and intuitive.
Socks Are Like Pants, Cats Are Like Dogs contains a diverse
collection of math games, puzzles, and activities, such as
With these and all other contents already tested by teachers
and parents in real classrooms and living rooms, Socks Are
Like Pants explores the mathematics of choosing, identifying,
Preview some of the activities here:
Then support the publication of this Creative Commons work by
contributing through its crowdfunding site. Pledge rewards
range from digital and paperback versions of the book to live
teleconferences with its co-authors, each of whom has appeared
in these pages before: Malke Rosenfeld, upon the launch of the
Summer Math Photo Challenge, which has since grown to embrace
contributions in French and Spanish; and Gordon Hamilton, for
the Mathematical Biology PhD's videos and other materials
online at MathPickle.com.