26 April, 2013
Volume 18 No. 17
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The MTMS Word Problem

MathMovesU Grants for Teachers and Schools

Math Ed Matters


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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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, 15 May:


The current issue of MTMS includes an article about the Maximum Chocolate Party game, freely downloadable for subscribers and non-subscribers alike:


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 getting started...."
- 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

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Texas
  • Virginia

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 of $2,500.

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 monthly column.

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 IBL approach?
  • A recap of the 16th Annual Legacy of R. L. Moore Conference (June 13-15, 2013 in Austin, TX)


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