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The MTMS Word Problem
A math teaching journal is looking for a new name — and
offering prizes to those who submit winning suggestions.
Since 1996, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (MTMS)
has focused on "intuitive, exploratory investigations that use
informal reasoning to help students develop a strong conceptual
basis that leads to greater mathematical abstraction." But in
the current issue, MTMS's Editorial Panel writes that the
peer-reviewed publication "might better serve a wider range of
educators without the words 'middle school' in the nameplate,"
particularly in light of increasingly digital access "through
search engines and key words."
Download the full announcement for details on how to win gift
certificates and an iPad from the National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics (NCTM), then submit up to five different
suggested journal names before the deadline of Wednesday,
The current issue of MTMS includes an article about the Maximum
Chocolate Party game, freely downloadable for subscribers and
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Jacob B. also told his story of getting stuck, and I thought
you might like to see some of the equations he tried that
didn't work! '(27 * 2/3) * (n * 2/3)....
(27 * 2/3) * (n / 2/3).... (27 * 2/3) + (n * 2/3)....
(27 * 2/3) + I GIVE UP.' After trying all of those patterns,
he finally thought to write out his calculations in a table,
and saw that he could write a rule using exponents! I also
included a solution from Malainy L. from Mesa Union Junior
High. I loved that she drew a picture of the situation before
- Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's latest solution
MathMovesU Grants for Teachers and Schools
Are you a secondary math teacher or volunteer who works with
middle or high school students? Do you know someone who makes
great strides helping teens with math and instilling in them a
love of learning the subject? Then apply or nominate that math
hero for a MathMovesU grant!
Raytheon's flagship science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM) program will give up to three awards of $2,500 to a Math
Hero in each of
MathMovesU will give an additional five awards of $2,500 each
to recipients outside of those states. The school where each
recipient works — or another approved math-related nonprofit
organization of the recipient's choice — gets a matching award
Hurry: download and complete the application before the
deadline of Wednesday, 15 May.
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"There's a reason the mathtwitterblogosphere is featured
heavily in the book."
- Max, posted to his blog
Math Ed Matters
A mathematics education specialist and a mathematician who
serves as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Academy of
Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) recently launched a
Sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA),
Math Ed Matters will "explore topics and current events related
to undergraduate mathematics education. Posts will aim to
inspire, provoke deep thought, and provide ideas for the
mathematics and mathematics education classroom."
The blog's two authors, both interested in IBL, have already
planned these future posts:
History and impact of Project NExT
Inquiry-Based Learning: What, Why, and How?
How and why did Angie and Dana start implementing an
A recap of the 16th Annual Legacy of R. L. Moore
Conference (June 13-15, 2013 in Austin, TX)