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Math Forum Handouts from T³ Philadelphia
Did you miss us in the booth area or during our sessions at the
recent T³ International Conference in Philadelphia? Want
copies of our handouts?
Feel free to access the printed matter distributed during the
conference, including Problems of the Week (PoWs) that take
advantage of the TI-Nspire™ graphing calculator.
For more information on our sessions or the conference in
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Check out this excerpt from Beatriz S. at Crooked Oak High
School. I really liked how visual it was, even though there
was a variable represented as well as constant values....
Here's one more visual for you, from Marissa N. at Mesa Union
Junior High. She used a table to organize her steps, and it
really helped me understand her process when she used such
descriptive labels for each column. Plus, it turned out that
writing on a whiteboard and photographing it was
- Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
Supporting Sense-Making and Perseverance
The Forum's Director of Professional Development has written
a journal article about how the Math Forum's noticing and
wondering not only values each learner, it "also works to
engage all learners in finding their mathematical voice."
"Supporting Sense-Making and Perseverance," which appears in
the current issue of the CMC ComMuniCator, provides an overview
of what mathforum.org freely offers in the way of documents,
videos, and blogs that support Common Core State Standards
(CCSS) Mathematical Practice 1.
Later in that same issue appears "Ostrich Llama
Count — Examining Solution Methods." This article consists of
an activity, alignments, directions, extensions, and activity
sheets that detail five ways to solve the PoW "Ostrich
For more free sample PoWs -- along with teacher packets,
scoring rubrics, and scenarios -- check out
Between those two articles by Suzanne appears one by Math Forum
Teacher Associate Marie Hogan. Having experimented with student
groupings in her classrooms for decades, Marie recalls how one
particular duo of eighth grade Pre-Algebra students, paired by
ability level, overcame a contentious start to work together
and "reach new heights of problem-solving proficiency."
These articles for the journal of the California Mathematics
Council join several others written by Forum staff about
implementing problem solving and writing:
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"We've released MathType 6.9 for Windows, fully compatible
with Office 2013 and Office 365 installed on Windows 7 and 8
computers. In addition, MathType 6.9 includes increased
compatibility with 700+ applications and websites, full
MathJax support, and more."
- Bob, posted to the Math Tools discussion
Math Teachers' Circle Workshops
Apply now for the summer workshop "How to Run a Math Teachers'
Circle," offered by the American Institute of
Math teachers' circles put middle school math teachers in
regular contact with mathematicians to work collaboratively on
mathematical problem solving in the context of rich problems.
The deadline for these professional development opportunities
is Monday, 1 April, 2013.
AIM has begun archiving online its newsletter, which regularly
features contributions from Joshua Zucker (aka "Doctor Schwa"
of the Math Forum's Ask Dr. Math service), James Tanton, and
others. MTCircular articles have included
The "Good Problem" Problem: Where Do Good Problems
Learning to Lead: Participant Fawn Nguyen Offers Her
Perspective on AIM's "How to Run a MTC" Workshop
Be Less Helpful: Embracing Perplexity to Create a
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