17 May, 2013
Volume 18 No. 20
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iPad and Prize Package Winners

How to Learn Math

Math Literature Recommendations for Students


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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iPad and Prize Package Winners


Who won our iPad and other drawings in Denver last month? Come see!


  • Gretchen Muller, California
  • Sharon Sanita, Colorado
Registrations and Memberships for New Orleans, 2014
  • Susan O'Connell, Maryland
  • Leslie Nielsen, Washington
  • Kurt Vonnahme, Illinois
  • Pam Bailey, Virginia
  • Jessica Betterton, Arkansas
PoW Prize Package
  • Natalee Lloyd, Texas
PoW Current Problems Memberships
  • Angela Rapp, Kansas
  • Margie Burak, Oregon
  • Kat Bardash, New Jersey
  • Sara Hoyt, Kansas
  • Roshonne Peters, Missouri
  • Sharon Saxton, Washington
  • Tamera Wiley-Fauth, Washington
  • Mary Doherty, Pennsylvania

Thanks to everyone who visited our table at the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and our booth at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)!

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

"I like this problem because there are so many ways to solve it! Especially exciting is the fact that I learned a new formula...."
- Annie, commenting on the Geometry PoW's latest solution

How to Learn Math


Registration opened earlier this week for a new short intervention course on Stanford University's free on-line platform.

Designed for teachers of math (K-12) or for other helpers of students, such as parents, "How to Learn Math" consists of eight 10 to 15 minute-long sessions intended to change students' relationships with math.

In addition to videos of Professor of Mathematics Education Jo Boaler, research ideas, and peer- and self-assessments, her course includes interviews with students, Udacity's Sebastian Thrun, Stanford Professor Carol Dweck, and others.

The self-paced course launches Monday, 15 July, and closes Friday, 27 September.

Boaler, the author of books such as What's Math Got To Do With It?, also serves as editor of the research commentary section of NCTM's Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME).

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"This has always been an issue for us, as we have two math teachers in the district. We have always contacted neighboring districts, who are all in the same boat, and we get together for an afternoon of grading. Thankfully, due to our small sizes we don't usually have a lot of tests to grade. Now, however, we will have to be aware of whose tests we are grading — a little more challenging but certainly doable."
- Bruce, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Math Literature Recommendations for Students


Need summer reading suggestions for your students?

The California Department of Education has put together a Recommended Literature list of contemporary titles for children and adolescents. The searchable collection of almost eight thousand titles, many written over the last decade, covers a broad range of subjects and grade levels to help students meet the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Anchor Standards and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and other subjects. It also reflects the quality and complexity of texts students should be reading both at school and outside of the classroom, as well as rich cultural diversity:


Works include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama to accommodate a variety of tastes, interests, and abilities.

Want more ideas? The Math Forum hosts Mr. Brandenburg's List of Recommended Books on Math and Science. Annotated and organized into math and science sub-topics, it features capsule reviews and reading level ratings:


Guy Brandenburg used to assign his 8th and 9th grade algebra and geometry students to read two of these books each year, and then write reports on them.

Familiar to students of the Math Forum's Ask Dr. Math service as "Doctor Guy," Brandenburg retired after decades of teaching math in the public schools of Washington, DC.


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