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
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
- 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
A Fermi question is posed with limited information given.
How many water balloons would it take to fill
How many cockroaches will fill the trunk of a VW Beetle?
How much fabric would it take to make a camo-suit for
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.