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Volume 22, Number 5

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 February 3, 2017                                Vol. 22, No. 5


                Solutions: 2017 Mathematics Game
            Computational Thinking and Design MOOC-Ed
               Videos: Perseverance in Mathematics


                SOLUTIONS: 2017 MATHEMATICS GAME

 Students have sent us their arithmetic from across the
 U.S. -- as well as Canada, China, England, Germany, India,
 Malaysia, and Spain. And two days ago, we began posting all
 their solutions to the 2017 Mathematics Game. 

 . . . but we still need answers! The numbers 44, 87, and 88
 have so far defied expressions made from--

    - the digits in 2017;
    - standard operations; and 
    - grouping symbols.

 Several other nearby numbers, toward the bottom of the
 pull-down menu of solutions, have garnered only handfuls of
 answers apiece. So whether you've blazed a new arithmetic path,
 or just taken a commutative detour, share your basic
 ops wizardry.


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

 "I think at first I didn't know where to start with this
 problem. But I think each step led into another for me. One
 place where I had trouble was with the graph of possible
 tosses. Because I didn't know if I had all of them yet. But I
 just had to check it multiple times and have faith in myself."

 - Hannah, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution




 The newest free course from the Math-Ed team at the Friday
 Institute starts Wednesday, March 1. It focuses on data
 literacy, design thinking, and computational thinking.

 Now open for registration, "Computational Thinking and Design:
 Getting Started With Digital-Age Problem Solving," consists of
 videos, activities, discussion forums, and other digital
 resources that will help you--

    - understand the components of digital-age problem solving
      (design thinking, computational thinking, and 
      data literacy);
    - connect digital-age problem solving to existing content
      and problem-solving processes;
    - engage in the digital-age problem-solving process through
      simulated activities;
    - apply digital-age problem solving in a 
      real-world context;
    - view digital-age problem solving in a variety of careers
      and subject areas; and
    - explore connections to computer science and coding.

 Expect to spend three to four hours on each of the five
 self-directed units of this Massive Open Online Course for
 Educators (MOOC-Ed). Teachers who complete it may receive a
 Certificate of Completion of professional development from
 North Carolina State University.

 Participation requires nothing more than a web browser and an
 Internet connection. And like every MOOC-Ed, first highlighted
 in these pages after their debut three summers ago, there is
 no cost for participating.

 Friday Institute funders and partners include the Alliance for
 Excellent Education, Google, Lenovo, the Gates Foundation, the
 National Science Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the
 Hewlett Foundation.


    Now taking place: Math education conversation of the day

 "We, as a math department, became aware of an issue with the
 TI-Nspire right before January exams.... Just trying to be
 helpful as we had NO idea."

 - Regina, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion
   group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State



 What does it mean to "make sense of problems and persevere in
 solving them"? What teaching strategies implement that very
 first Common Core Standard for Mathematical Practice? PBS
 LearningMedia recently posted a series of videos that
 illustrate and give context to the classroom practice
 of perseverance.

 Interspersing commentary from Dr. Magdalene Lampert, among
 others, with classroom footage of mathematical conversations
 between students and teachers, the overview video runs less
 than eight minutes long. Related collections of clips under
 "You might also like" delve deeper into the teachers featured,
 showing how they launch problems, encourage productive struggle,
 support their students, and reflect on their work. Support
 material "connections" organize a selection of additional
 segments and articles by various mathematics educators:

    - Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth and Grit
    - Dr. Carol Dweck and the Growth Mindset
    - Dr. Jo Boaler and Mathematical Mindsets

 "Perseverance in Mathematics" resulted from a partnership
 between PBS and WGBH, which received major funding from the
 Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.


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