31 May, 2013
Volume 18 No. 22
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Twitter Math Camp 2013

Summer of Innovation Mini-Awards from NASA

Early Look at Smarter Balanced Practice Tests


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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Twitter Math Camp 2013


Do you

  • have a blog and write about your math teaching there?
  • tweet with a bunch of math teachers and want to meet them in person?
  • use blogging and twittering to become a better teacher?

If you said "yes" to any of the above — or are you just plain awesome to hang out with and love to talk math and teaching over breakfast, lunch, and dinner — then come to Twitter Math Camp 2013!

Taking place from Thursday, 25 July through Sunday, 28 July in Philadelphia (the Forum's back yard!), this self-styled "guerrilla professional development for math teachers" does not focus on how to use blogs or Twitter or social media in the classroom. Quoting from the registration page:

"It isn't even how to teach teachers to use social media to connect with each other. And it isn't centered around technology. It's really designed for math teachers in the classroom who are looking to become better, and who use the internets to talk about it and share resources and get better."

Check out the full schedule here:


Hurry: due to space limitations, only a handful of spots remain available well ahead of TMC13's original deadline.

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

"In her write-up of their work, Jessica also shows how you might find the answers without the formula."
- Annie, commenting on the Geometry PoW's latest solution

Summer of Innovation Mini-Awards from NASA


The 2013 Summer of Innovation (SoI) project challenges middle school students across the United States to share in the excitement of scientific discovery and space exploration through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities related to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Open to schools, science camps, Boy Scout troops, Girl Scout troops, local YMCAs, libraries, museums, science centers, and other organizations that serve middle school students or teachers — especially those involved with underrepresented and underserved populations — SoI supports follow-on and extended learning efforts to keep teens involved in STEM activities during the academic year.

Before applying for NASA STEM educational content and grants up to $2,500, review the SoI Educational Resources database for activities that fit well into your organization's mission and current activities:


Apply before the deadline of Monday, 10 June. NASA starts making award announcements the following week.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I heard about questions on the 2013 June exam being changed to reflect CCSS terminology/vocab. Anyone know if there is any truth to this?"
- Denise, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Early Look at Smarter Balanced Practice Tests


Earlier this week, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released sets of its assessment questions aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for grades 3-8 and 11 in mathematics.

Available nearly two years before implementation, these tests already feature a variety of accessibility tools and accommodations — such as text to speech, Braille, and a customized pop-up Spanish glossary — to provide accurate measures of achievement and growth for students with disabilities and English language learners.

Demo the features of the state-led consortium's online testing, and see how Smarter Balanced will assess students' mastery of the CCSS, by signing in as the default "guest":



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