25 January, 2013
Volume 18 No. 4
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2013 T³ International Conference

Summer STEM Opportunities from the Siemens Foundation


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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Every day, Wonderopolis® stimulates children's curiosity with a new Wonder of the Day®. Their mathematical wonderings have included

  • How Many Blocks Make an Igloo?
  • How Much Water Is in a Watermelon?
  • How Big Is the Bermuda Triangle?
  • What Is Compound Interest?

Wonders of the Day come with several paragraphs' overview (Did you know?), modeling suggestions (Try it out!), and a vocabulary list (Wonder Words). Share your wonderings, questions, and answers online — or nominate your own Fermi problem-like musings:


Sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy, Wonderopolis also receives support from the Verizon Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, Better World Books, and Humana.

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

"We saw at least four different ways to successfully solve this problem, and to illustrate them, I've chosen five solutions from four different schools. The method that is most likely to make you kick yourself if you didn't see it is illustrated by Alden B. of Conners Emerson, Jackson V. of Aptos Middle School, and Maxwell H. of Aptos Middle School."
- Annie, commenting on the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution

2013 T³ International Conference


The T³ program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host its 25th annual T³ International Conference March 8-10, 2013 in Philadelphia — the Math Forum's home town.

Come participate in hands-on sessions such as "Rich Tasks for the TI-Nspire™ Handheld," by the Forum's own Max Ray; network with teachers from across the US and abroad; learn from experienced educators — and visit the Math Forum's booth!

Register before Thursday, January 31st, to take advantage of the early bird registration discount.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Many years ago, I was working with a private student who was failing ninth grade math. As the time for the regents approached I got copies of every algebra regents I could get my hand on. Some of them went back to the 1950s. Do you have any idea how many times the question on how to factor x² - 100 has come up? Over and over and over again. The same holds true for other problems. And by repetitive practice using all these regents, my student, who the school wanted to put into special ed, who the teachers had basically written off, not only passed — he did so with a 92! Pretty good results for a kid who didn't know enough to generate a 30 on either regents prior to April."
- Sharon, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Summer STEM Opportunities from the Siemens Foundation


The Siemens Foundation offers middle and high school teachers two different summer opportunities for professional development in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Siemens STEM Institute and Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) Fellowships bolster STEM learning and provide pragmatic skills for teachers to translate back into the classroom.

Apply for either all-expenses-paid program by Tuesday, February 5th.


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