31 August, 2012
Volume 17 No. 35
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Before Your Students Arrive


MAA eBooks on Sale


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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Before Your Students Arrive


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has assembled ten suggestions for how to prepare your math classroom for the coming academic year.

The one paragraph-long tips include

  • create a classroom that engages you and your kids
  • know and believe in all your students
  • have a "NO NAME" folder
  • share your success

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"When it becomes well known (hopefully very soon) that the prevailing curriculum's 'sequence and order' are neither natural nor healthy ... and that the major reason why so few are 'good at it' is because of how badly it is sequenced and ordered (it was designed by guesswork) ... and that a drastic reorganization produces dramatically improved productivity ... might we then ask what causes curricular myopia?"
- Clyde, posted to the math-teach discussion



A new calculator app made its first public demonstration last month at the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME).

Designed to help dyscalculics, Dyscalculator shows quantities in multiple representations: as digits, as words, and (for comparisons) graphically. It also speaks figures aloud and rounds numbers.

Dyscalculator runs on the iPhone, iPad, and Android. It was developed with the support of the Danish Ministry of Education.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I've had interests similar to yours in finding 2nd roots and a while back implemented some well-known algorithm. I'm not revisiting the details tonight, although I did tweak the code for the latest Python for testing purposes."
- Kirby, posted to the math-teach discussion

MAA eBooks on Sale


The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) recently discounted several dozen eBooks, including

  • An Episodic History of Mathematics: Mathematical Culture through Problem Solving, by Steven G. Krantz
  • Geometry Revisited, by H.S.M. Coxeter and S.L. Greitzer
  • Solve This, by James Tanton

To save an additional 5% on this back-to-school sale, look for the coupon code posted on the MAA Books Blog:



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