2 November, 2012
Volume 17 No. 44
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The Math Forum @ CMC-South

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

Estimation 180


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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The Math Forum @ CMC-South


In Palm Springs this weekend? Suzanne Alejandre, Math Forum Director of Professional Development, and Marie Hogan, math teacher from West Covina, California, will co-present two sessions today. See the outline for each, download its PowerPoint or PDF, learn about grant opportunities, and access other resources:

Unsilence Students' Voices (Session 120)
8:30 - 10:00, Friday, November 2, 2012

My Students Can Notice/Wonder, Now What? (Session 324)
1:30 - 3:00, Friday, November 2, 2012

For more about the conference of the California Mathematics Council - Southern Section (CMC-South), visit:


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

"I couldn't find any possibilities. So I already knew the answer was no. But to help prove that point, I did a little extra math to prove what I just said. First I used the formula...."
- Eron, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's latest solution

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards


Apply now for these grants, scholarships, and awards from the Mathematics Education Trust (MET):

  • Classroom Research Grants
  • Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants
  • Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grants
  • Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics Grants
  • Equity in Mathematics Grants
  • Future Leader Initial NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Awards
  • Improving Students' Understanding of Geometry Grants
  • Mathematics Course Work Scholarships
  • Mathematics Graduate Course Work Scholarships
  • Prospective Teacher NCTM Annual Conference Attendance Awards
  • Summer Mathematics Study Grants
  • Teacher Professional Development Grants
  • Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants

Established 36 years ago by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), MET channels the generosity of contributors through the creation and funding of grants, awards, honors, and other projects that support the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning.

Hurry: all the opportunities listed above share a deadline of next Friday, 9 November.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"By March, the students were able to figure out the question to the problem without it being present. When they were noticing and wondering, they began to notice the answer, which blew me away! By April, their explanations were close to perfect, giving great detail on how they solved the problem and even using correct math vocabulary. The students went from hating them to loving them! This program took a group of struggling math achievers last year and helped them tremendously. I believe it helped them make gains much quicker over conventional teaching methods. At the beginning of the year, the students were 18 percent proficient or advanced on the open ended responses on the math 4Sight Benchmarks. By May, the students rose to 88 percent. I believe that the consistency of using the Problems of the Week is the main reason for the rise."
- Laura, featured in the Teachers' Corner of PoWerful Ideas

Estimation 180


Each day of the school year, Andrew Stadel presents his middle school students with an estimation challenge. Last month, he started sharing their number sense-making online.

Check out his "Estimate of the Week" on the estimation180.com home page — and join the challenge by looking at the picture and submitting your own estimate online. Make sure to explain your reasoning ("What context clues did you use?") and rate your accuracy ("How confident are you?"). Then check back for the video answers.

Stadel also blogs "about my interactions with math, logic, life, teaching, and the web they spin together." Posts at "Divisible by 3," which date back to March, include "Estimation vs. guessing Part 2," "PEMDAS song," "3 Act Presentation to K-8 staff," and "Rolling Tires":



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