7 June, 2013
Volume 18 No. 23
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Valuing as the Key to Unsilencing

Summer Problems of the Week

Job Announcement: Knowles Science Teaching Foundation


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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Valuing as the Key to Unsilencing


"At the heart of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is the valued learner, a learner with an active voice in his/her own learning."

So writes the Forum's Director of Professional Development in one of her latest publications — this one, appearing in the spring, 2013 newsletter of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).

Before closing with a selection of online resources, "Valuing as the Key to Unsilencing" offers paragraphs on

  • The Importance of Valuing
  • I Notice/I Wonder Classroom Activity
  • I Notice/I Wonder Professional Development Activity
  • Moving from Checklists to Problem Solving and Perseverance

This article joins several others written by Suzanne, who has just collected them on her blog:


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

"It's so much fun to read all your submissions when there are so many ways to tackle a problem! Let's take a look at some of the methods that students used.... Will M. of West Mercer Elementary School has almost written his answer in the form of a 'T-Chart,' where you write what you did, as in calculations, on one side of the chart, and on the other you write what you thought, as in why you knew each calculation was a good idea. I am slightly partial to Will's method because that's exactly how I solved it!"
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's latest solution

Summer Problems of the Week


While we get ready for another series of Problems of the Week (PoWs) starting at the end of August, we'll scale back our responses. But every two weeks from now until then, the Math Forum will continue to post challenging word problems and accept solutions to them.

Over the course of the recently concluded 2012-2013 academic year, we posted a total of 120 Current PoWs, each with its own supporting resources — a great starting point for designing your own summer projects. If you have a Full PoW membership, or access through your school or district, help yourself to the Library Problems. For starters, we've highlighted a seasonal selection in these pages before:


Want to get in on the fun, but don't have an account yet? A Current PoW membership provides access to this academic year's complete set, as well as the summer PoWs through mid-August, and then all of the puzzles coming next year — quite a bargain for upwards of 275 PoWs, their teacher packets, rubrics, and other supporting resources!


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Depending on one's definition of 'edge,' your suggested construction results in at least a cylinder or Mobius strip."
- Ben, posted to the discretemath discussion group


Job Announcement: Knowles Science Teaching Foundation


The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) seeks a Teacher Developer with a mathematics education background.

This full-time position entails in-person and online mentoring of KSTF Teaching Fellows, and working collaboratively with experts in various aspects of science and mathematics education to implement and evaluate a five-year comprehensive and cohesive professional development experience for Fellows.

KSTF's ideal candidate has experience not just teaching high school science or (preferably) mathematics, but also mentoring beginning high school teachers, educating pre-service teachers, or developing and providing professional development to high school teachers.

Learn more about the Foundation's position, its focus on exemplary teaching practices, and an inquiry stance towards teaching and leadership capacity, by downloading the full job description here:



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