28 September, 2012
Volume 17 No. 39
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The International Year of Statistics

The Math Teachers' Circle Network Newsletter

The De Morgan Journal


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The International Year of Statistics


The American Statistical Association invites you to join in an international collaboration among schools, colleges, societies and other organizations around the globe to celebrate 2013 as the International Year of Statistics.

The purpose of this International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013) is to promote the importance of Statistics, through the combined energies of societies, schools, and organizations worldwide, to the broader scientific community, business and government data users, the media, policy makers, employers, students, and the general public. There is a specific emphasis on promoting the importance of Statistics to young people.

Interested in participating? Consider:

Video Contest

There is a video contest to help launch this worldwide celebration of the positive impact of statistical science. We invite videos of four minutes in length or less that illustrate

  • how statistics impacts individual lives, improves society, or in general makes the world more a better place
  • how statistical thinking can be brought to bear on important issues of our day
  • interesting careers in statistics (tell the world why your job in statistics is a great job, or why it is interesting and fun to be a statistician)

Cash prizes of $250-$1000 will be offered for the best videos, including special prizes for the best videos by a person or persons 18 years of age or less. For more information about the video contest, please visit


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

"I also thought it was funny when Mrs. Wren asked which one was the melon!"
- Isabel, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

The Math Teachers' Circle Network Newsletter


The most recent issue of the Math Teachers' Circle Network newsletter, MTCircular, features the article "Be Less Helpful" written by Joshua Zucker. Joshua is the founding director of the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals, which bring deep, collaborative problem solving to a wide range of students.

Joshua volunteers as Dr. Schwa at http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ "...where he practices giving as little help as possible so that students have the satisfaction of solving problems for themselves." He also responds to questions about pedagogy as a Math Forum Teacher2Teacher (T2T) Associate at http://mathforum.org/t2t/.

The Math Teachers' Circle Network


is a project of the American Institute of Mathematics that focuses on creating communities of teachers and mathematicians who meet regularly to work on interesting mathematics.


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

"Congratulations to all of you for persevering and making sense of the problem. Did you know those are the most important mathematical habits you could ever develop, according to a national panel of experts?"
- Max Ray, commenting on the Pre-Algebra Problem of the Week: Measuring Melons

The De Morgan Journal


Through the De Morgan Journal, London Mathematical Society (LMS) aims "to encourage academic mathematicians to reflect on current issues in mathematics education at all levels, from primary school to graduate studies; to encourage them to explore links between higher mathematics and elementary mathematics; and to examine significant policy implications which may affect the wider mathematical, educational, or scientific community."

The journal began last year, publishing freely downloadable articles such as

  • Perceptions, operations and proof in undergraduate mathematics
  • Induction and Recursion
  • Multiple choice exams in undergraduate mathematics
  • Nurturing able young mathematicians
  • Acceleration or enrichment

Blog posts, which date back to November, 2011, have included

  • Finland's School Success
  • Wolfram Alpha, a year later
  • Circle in Box: quality books for mathematical circles
  • Word problems and the Khan Academy
  • In Praise of Pick's Theorem
  • Blame the teacher?

LMS also posts its policy documents here. See, in particular, "Position Statement on Use of ICT in teaching of mathematics at HE institutions," "Vision for Science and Mathematics Education 5-19," and "Bridging the Mathematics Gap."


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