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27 January, 2012 Vol. 17, No. 4

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

Algebra 4 All
Summer STEM Opportunities from the Siemens Foundation
Reel Math Video Contest Voting Ends Soon

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Learn, energize and connect at the
2012 T3(TM) International Conference, Chicago, IL,
TI's largest professional development event
for math educators from elementary through college.

http://education.ti.com/calculators/pd/US/International/2012/
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ALGEBRA 4 ALL

http://a4a.learnport.org/

A social network made its public launch last weekend -- and
it's dedicated to algebra teachers.

At Algebra 4 All (A4A), teachers support one another in the
practice of teaching algebra. Check out, in particular, the
discussion forum, where teachers have already shared more than
250 of their own lesson plans; and the assortment of activities
in the resources area, many of which feature video clips on
implementation and original Flash applets, also available for
standalone use.

http://a4a.learnport.org/page/algebra-for-all-resources

Begun in 2009 as a private social network established for the
Michigan Algebra for All Project, A4A now runs on Ning software
with support from four network moderators, all current or
former teachers.

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

"Sarah Z from Highlands Elementary School wrote, 'When it said,
"A one-digit positive whole number," I got kind of confused
too because there were so many words describing the number. So
I had to read it really slowly in order to understand it; I
thought to myself: One-digit, okay, got it. Positive. Okay, so
it's not in the negatives. Whole number, got it, no decimal
points.' That's a great example of slowing down and reading the
problem piece by piece to be sure you understand what it's
telling you. Students tackled the problem from several
different directions. Guess and check was the method used by
many students. Gavin T of Highlands Elementary School took a
slightly different tack. He didn't actually guess anything. He
instead reasoned his way through the problem."

- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4024

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SUMMER STEM OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE SIEMENS FOUNDATION

http://www.siemensstemacademy.com/index.cfm?event=showSTEMApplication&landing=1

The Siemens Foundation offers middle and high school teachers
two different summer opportunities for professional development
in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Siemens STEM Institute and Siemens Teachers as Researchers
(STARs) Fellowships bolster STEM learning and provide pragmatic
skills for teachers to translate back into the classroom.

Apply for either all-expenses-paid program by Thursday,
9 February.

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I have been working for a number of years to change the
training of elementary school teachers within my institution
and the resistance is enormous at the collegiate level (and
not, for the most part, from the mathematics department). We
have met the enemy and he is, sadly, us. And I'm not talking
about the teacher's union."

- Ed, posted to the math-learn discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7654638

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REEL MATH VIDEO CONTEST VOTING ENDS SOON

http://video.reelmath.org/home.aspx

Come watch short math videos made by US middle school
students -- and vote for your favorite before next Wednesday,
1 February, in this contest run by MATHCOUNTS!

Browse the newest or "most liked" five minute-long clips; or
search by keyword, school name, Common Core State Standard,
key math topic, US state, or problem number from the 2011-2012
MATHCOUNTS School Handbook, freely available for download here:

http://mathcounts.org/handbook

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A social network made its public launch last weekend &mdash; and
it's dedicated to algebra teachers.
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At Algebra 4 All (A4A), teachers support one another in the
practice of teaching algebra. Check out, in particular, the
discussion forum, where teachers have already shared more than
250 of their own lesson plans; and the assortment of activities
in the resources area, many of which feature video clips on
implementation and original Flash applets, also available for
standalone use.
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Begun in 2009 as a private social network established for the
Michigan Algebra for All Project, A4A now runs on Ning software
with support from four network moderators, all current or
former teachers.
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"Sarah Z from Highlands Elementary School wrote, 'When it said,
"A one-digit positive whole number," I got kind of confused
too because there were so many words describing the number. So
I had to read it really slowly in order to understand it; I
thought to myself: <i>One-digit, okay, got it. Positive. Okay, so
it's not in the negatives. Whole number, got it, no decimal
points.'</i> That's a great example of slowing down and reading the
problem piece by piece to be sure you understand what it's
telling you. Students tackled the problem from several
different directions. Guess and check was the method used by
many students. Gavin T of Highlands Elementary School took a
slightly different tack. He didn't actually guess anything. He
instead reasoned his way through the problem."
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- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4024">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4024</a>
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The Siemens Foundation offers middle and high school teachers
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(STARs) Fellowships bolster STEM learning and provide pragmatic
skills for teachers to translate back into the classroom.
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9 February.
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"I have been working for a number of years to change the
training of elementary school teachers within my institution
and the resistance is enormous at the collegiate level (and
not, for the most part, from the mathematics department). We
have met the enemy and he is, sadly, us. And I'm not talking
about the teacher's union."
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- Ed, posted to the math-learn discussion
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7654638">http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7654638</a>
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">Reel Math Video Contest Voting Ends Soon</font></strong></p>
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<a href="http://video.reelmath.org/home.aspx">http://video.reelmath.org/home.aspx</a>
</p>
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Come watch short math videos made by US middle school
students &mdash; and vote for your favorite before next Wednesday,
1 February, in this contest run by MATHCOUNTS!
</p>
<p>
Browse the newest or "most liked" five minute-long clips; or
search by keyword, school name, Common Core State Standard,
key math topic, US state, or problem number from the 2011-2012
MATHCOUNTS School Handbook, freely available for download here:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://mathcounts.org/handbook">http://mathcounts.org/handbook</a></p>
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