23 January, 2015
Volume 20 No. 4
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Master Teachers on Teaching

Toshiba America Foundation Grants

Winter Fermi Math League


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Master Teachers on Teaching


Last week, Math for America (MƒA) started to release videos of talks given by seven teachers at the third annual MƒA Master Teachers on Teaching (MT²) event. The 10- to 12-minute-long presentations released on YouTube so far have addressed

  • the benefits of bringing MakerEd into the math classroom
  • a website that helps students practice key concepts while bringing a visual component to mathematics
  • online tools — from interactive spreadsheets to educational networking sites — and how different science disciplines can incorporate them into lessons
  • how technological failures can become teachable moments

Find these clips from last month's New York City event, and follow the release of forthcoming ones, by sorting MƒA's YouTube uploads according to "date added (newest - oldest)":


The MƒA Master Teacher Fellowship is a renewable four-year fellowship awarded to outstanding, experienced K-12 public school mathematics and science teachers. To learn more about the program and the community of professionals it has developed, visit


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

"Laurel Pollard's fourth graders at Hanover Street School did a lot of exploring with this problem. Mrs. Pollard tweeted out pictures, starting with this one.... They must have been having some great conversation at school, because next thing I know, this tweet appears ..."
- Annie, commenting on the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution

Toshiba America Foundation Grants


Passionate about making mathematics more engaging for your students in grades 6-12? The Toshiba America Foundation is currently accepting applications for grants of more than $5,000.

See the Toshiba America Foundation site for past recipients, teacher resources, and more — and apply before the deadline of Sunday, 1 February!

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Does anyone know which is the state-wide lowest scoring Regents exam? Which is the state-wide lowest passing rate Regents exam?"
- Regina, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Winter Fermi Math League


Do your students like to measure, estimate, and play around with technology? Then introduce them to the Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League!

A Fermi question is posed with limited information given. For example,

  • How many water balloons would it take to fill grandma's bathtub?
  • How many cockroaches will fill the trunk of a VW Beetle?
  • How much fabric would it take to make a camo-suit for Moby Dick?
  • How many eggs would fit in the Trojan Horse's body?

Fermi questions require that students ask many more questions; emphasize process rather than "the" answer; demand communication and writing; and utilize estimation, rounding numbers and guesses.

Taking place online, the Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League welcomes students in grades 1-9 who seek enrichment, small group work, and creative, technology-rich experiences. Teams already signed up for the winter range from Virginia to New Mexico, from Minnesota to Brazil. Register now for this "supervised math mayhem"; the six-week Winter '15 season begins Tuesday, 27 January.


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