17 August, 2012
Volume 17 No. 33
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Math Forum YouTube

Common Core Flip Books

"Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" National Contest

2012 China Girls Math Olympiad: Erratum, and Update


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Math Forum YouTube


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Watch as the Forum's Director of Professional Development guides a class of fifth graders through a Problem of the Week. The three- and four-minute-long segments include

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Our Keynote Speaker on Thursday, November 8th will be Dr. Keith Devlin from Stanford University, perhaps better known as NPR's 'Math Guy.'"
- Rebecca, posted to the general discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Common Core Flip Books


The Kansas Association of Teachers of Math (KATM) has put together a series of "flip books" about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Scroll down the KATM page of Common Core Resources to see all nine freely downloadable PDFs — one for each grade, K-8.

Organized by standard and compiled into a handy format ready to print on cardstock, each flip book conveys "what each standard means in terms of what students must know and be able to do" through

  • examples for each standard at each grade level
  • instructional strategies
  • "unpacked" standards from states such as North Carolina, Arizona, and Ohio

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"He went on to become a NASA scientist. I tell this story to some of my classes when I substitute teach, and it becomes a great buzz throughout their grade level (7th/8th grade). I'm eating lunch, and they will approach me about it. Then, later classes ask me to repeat the story. I want them to know that they can do more. I want them to think that the story of this boy is not atypical, but perhaps something they themselves are capable of."
- Peter, posted to the math-teach discussion

"Who Wants to Be a Mathematician" National Contest


In the American Mathematical Society (AMS) game "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician," high school students answer multiple choice mathematics questions as they compete for cash and prizes. The winning contestant pockets $5,000, with the math department of that teen's school earning an additional $5,000.

Request a qualifying test for your high school students by emailing the AMS Public Awareness Office, paoffice at ams dot org, with the subject line "National WWTBAM." In the body of the message, include your name, school, contact information, and courses taught this year.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"This is a pretty convincing argument not to play the lottery. It lets you play the PowerBall lottery twice a week for 50 years in about a minute. I imagine this could be a good way to stimulate discussion, or introduce a topic, ...?"
- Evan, posted to the discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

2012 China Girls Math Olympiad: Erratum, and Update

Last week's issue incorrectly identified the sponsors of the 2012 China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO).

They are the Akamai Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Inc., the Mathematical Association of America, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the National Science Foundation, the S. S. Chern Foundation, and the Sunlin and Priscilla Chou Foundation.

The Math Forum apologizes for the error.

All eight of the young women on the U.S. team that competed at the 11th annual CGMO went on to win medals Monday. Among the eight high school and middle school girls on the U.S. team, three students — including one who achieved a perfect score — won gold medals.

To catch up on the flurry of team outposts, and read a recap of the results, visit



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