15 February, 2013
Volume 18 No. 7
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T³ International Conference

Moody's Mega Math Challenge

Stella's Stunners

Summer Workshops for Math Teachers: Discounts


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

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T³ International Conference


Coming to Texas Instruments' T³ International Conference in Philadelphia, March 8-10, 2013? Swing by booth No. 5 in the Exhibit Hall and meet the Math Forum's Steve Weimar, Suzanne Alejandre, and Max Ray:

10:00 to 6:00, Friday, March 8, 2013
8:00 to 5:30, Saturday, March 9, 2013

We'll be sharing Teacher Packets of our TI-PoWs:


Heidi Rudolph, who teaches at Orange High School (Pepper Pike, OH), will deliver two presentations — the second with Max:

Saturday, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Session 271
Match the Graph (Now in Living Color)

Saturday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 322
Rich Tasks for the TI-Nspire™

This T³, held in the Forum's back yard, marks the 25th anniversary of TI's largest event for math and science professional development.

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

"I'm pretty sure that my answer is right. Yea! I just checked my answer and I am right! Woohoo! Now for all the things were I got it wrong...."
- Rebecca, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution

Moody's Mega Math Challenge


This free, Internet-based, applied math competition challenges high school juniors and seniors in the eastern United States to work in small teams to solve a realistic, open-ended, math-modeling problem — in 14 hours.

Visit the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) website, above, for complete details, sample problems, and archives of previous challenges.

Scholarships totaling $115,000 toward the pursuit of higher education are awarded to the top teams.

Hurry: registration closes next Friday, February 22nd, at 6:00 p.m. ET.


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

"When I first saw the problem I noticed it didn't really have any numbers, which is something I'm not used to. I'm used to the problem giving me numbers and I plug them in and get the answer. I found this a little difficult at first.... I got frustrated until this light bulb went off in my mind."
- Desmond, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Stella's Stunners


Throughout his 21 years of teaching, Rudd Crawford collected non-routine mathematics problems that lacked any "hints as to what methods or skills will be needed to solve them." The Ohio Resource Center hosts a library of more than 600 "Stunners" from Crawford — the Buckeye State's 1984 winner of a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) — organized into

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II/Trigonometry
  • Pre-Calculus

New to Stunners? Try your hand at this introductory set:


For ideas on implementing these challenges in your classroom, check out Crawford's reflections on how he used Stella in his:


Supporting materials include the essay "What Students Gain From Problem Solving" and "Some Helpful Problem-Solving Heuristics," a list of 25 tips adapted from a book by S. P. Meiring:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I'm trying to put together a list of free videos for adult education teachers to demonstrate the use of various math manipulatives primarily for teaching arithmetic or pre-algebra. The videos do not have to show the manipulatives being used with adult learners, but if they do, so much the better. If an already constructed list is available or there are specific videos that you think are worthwhile, please send me the URLs."
- Fred, posted to the mathedcc discussion

Summer Workshops for Math Teachers: Discounts


Missed the generous offer from the Center for Innovative Teaching (CIT) mentioned in these pages last week? Applicants may enjoy other discounts to their summer weekend workshops.

CIT has extended readers of the Math Forum Internet News a 5% discount for any summer workshop. Just use the code MATH2013.

And the Chapin School has offered a 5% discount on its August workshops, Hands-On Geometry and No Limits! Contact <summermath@chapin.edu> for more details.


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