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Volume 22, Number 33

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 August 18, 2017                                 Vol. 22, No. 33


          Ignite Talks | First Day of School | #MTBoSfd


                          IGNITE TALKS

 This week, we finished back-filling our video series of five
 minute-long talks by math education leaders at conferences of
 NCTM, NCSM, and the California Mathematics Council (CMC). Tune
 in to re-live the memories and find new inspirations, now all
 conveniently organized into playlists on our YouTube channel.

 Since 2010, the Math Forum has convened colleagues to "talk
 about whatever lights them up." As each person spoke, their 20
 PowerPoint slides auto-advanced every 15 seconds ... ready or
 not! These "Ignite" talks -- often funny, sometimes poignant,
 and definitely breathless -- quickly became requisite
 conference experiences.

 For the newly completed collection of all our fast, fired-up
 fun, visit


                       FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

 What do you do on the first day of school?

 Check out these "openers," techniques, literature connections,
 and other suggestions from the Math Forum's
 Teacher2Teacher (T2T) service.



 Several blogging math teachers have posted lesson plans and
 other ideas for how to kick off the school year. Julie
 Reulbach, whose own "I Speak Math" blog recently surpassed two
 million hits, has rounded up nearly 50 of these timely posts:


 Reulbach last appeared in these pages upon the launch of the
 MathTwitterBlogosphere site, which she helped organize. A
 middle school math teacher in North Carolina, she gathered
 these tips for first days and first weeks by tweeting a hashtag
 that continues bubbling with inspiration.


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