12 June, 2015
Volume 20 No. 24
 
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CueThink's Offer

Shadow Con

Socks Are Like Pants

 


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Want to turn your iPad into a collaborative and interactive learning environment this summer? Take CueThink for a spin, and enjoy full access to its "thinklets" — at no cost — through the end of July.

Already a CueThink Ambassador Customer? Register up to ten teachers for a free coaching session — and get a sneak peak of the products that this recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research Grant has in the pipeline for the coming school year.

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IAuUpzw4es


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
http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4528


Shadow Con

http://www.shadowmathcon.com/

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 through Humor
  • 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 hashtag #shadowcon15:

https://twitter.com/hashtag/shadowcon15


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 career ready."
- Tricia, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State
http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9794210


Socks Are Like Pants

http://naturalmath.com/socksarelikepants/

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

  • Beading Patterns
  • Beetle Sort
  • Dancing Variables

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, and sorting.

Preview some of the activities here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/
0B6enMfoYXJb3WXlJNzVsc2tLVFE/view

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.

 

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