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7 September, 2012 Vol. 17, No. 36

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

In Memoriam, Jerry Nelson | Unsilence Students' Voices
New Journal: Mathematics Teacher Educator

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IN MEMORIAM, JERRY NELSON

http://www.sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/2012/08/29/remembering-jerry-nelson-fans-of-sesame-street-tell-their-stories/

The death of Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street's
Count von Count and other Muppet characters, has inspired many
retrospectives -- some mathematical.

Sesame Workshop's blog post of last week links to several
ongoing tributes that hail the impact of Nelson's puppetry on
the lives of viewers. And after revisiting a radio interview in
which the Count identified his favorite number, the British
Broadcasting Company (BBC) this week followed up by sharing the
favorite numbers of ten readers, plus ten more conjecturing as
to why the Count favored the number he did:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19467564

The upcoming season marks the 40th year that Nelson pulled the
strings of the number-loving puppet based on Count Dracula. For
videos, playlists, and printables starring the Count, visit:

http://www.sesamestreet.org/muppets/count-von-count

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

"The way I found the answers was during class when Mrs. Wren
told the class that there were 18 ordered pairs, and if an
ordered pair is switched or negative, it's different, which
gave me an a ha moment...."

- Rory, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4112

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UNSILENCE STUDENTS' VOICES

http://mathforum.org/articles/communicatorsept2012.html

The Forum's Director of Professional Development has written
a journal article based on her classroom visits and a
conference presentation.

"Unsilence Students' Voices" discusses how to provide an
opportunity for all students to contribute to math classroom
discussions. The free three page-long download intersperses
teaching tips throughout its three sections:

- Too Many Voices/Too Little Time
- Lack of Fluency in the Language
- Moving from Passive to Active Learners

The article, which appears in the current issue of the CMC
ComMuniCator, concludes with links at the Forum for related
articles, conference presentations, and Problem of the
Week resources.

This article for the journal of the California Mathematics
Council joins half a dozen others written by Forum staff about
implementing problem solving and writing:

http://mathforum.org/pow/teacher/articles.html

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"The gnurdiest fortune cookie fortune I ever saw read 'Digital
devices are composed of analog components.' While dualism isn't
very true to how the world works, it seems essential to human
communication. Can we, in mathematics and science education,
learn to better exploit this mechanism while also teaching
awareness of its profound difficulties?"

- Noqsi, posted to the
comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7885447

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NEW JOURNAL: MATHEMATICS TEACHER EDUCATOR

http://www.nctm.org/publications/toc.aspx?jrnl=mte

A new online journal launched last week -- and it's dedicated
specifically to issues in mathematics teacher education.

Articles from the inaugural 101 page-long issue of Mathematics
Teacher Educator (MTE) include

- Mathematics Preservice Teachers Learning about English
Language Learners through Task-Based Interviews
and Noticing
- The Role of Writing Prompts in a Statistical Knowledge for
Teaching Course
- Capitalizing on Productive Norms to Support
Teacher Learning
- The Content-Focused Methods Course: A Model for
Integrating Pedagogy and Mathematics Content
- Using "Lack of Fidelity" to Improve Teaching

As articulated by its editorial panel, MTE seeks to "contribute
to building a professional knowledge base for mathematics
teacher educators that stems from, develops, and strengthens
practitioner knowledge" and "provide a means for practitioner
knowledge related to the preparation and support of teachers of
mathematics to be not only public, shared, and stored, but also
verified and improved over time."

Co-publishers the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
(AMTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
(NCTM) have made the first issue of this new biannual freely
available for download, with subsequent issues available only
to current members of those organizations.

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<p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">In Memoriam, Jerry Nelson</font></p>
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<a href="http://www.sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/2012/08/29/remembering-jerry-nelson-fans-of-sesame-street-tell-their-stories/">http://www.sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/</a><br><a href="http://www.sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/2012/08/29/remembering-jerry-nelson-fans-of-sesame-street-tell-their-stories/">2012/08/29/remembering-jerry-nelson-</a><br><a href="http://www.sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/2012/08/29/remembering-jerry-nelson-fans-of-sesame-street-tell-their-stories/">fans-of-sesame-street-tell-their-stories/</a>
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<p>
The death of Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street's
Count von Count and other Muppet characters, has inspired many
retrospectives &mdash; some mathematical.
</p>
<p>
Sesame Workshop's blog post of last week links to several
ongoing tributes that hail the impact of Nelson's puppetry on
the lives of viewers. And after revisiting a radio interview in
which the Count identified his favorite number, the British
Broadcasting Company (BBC) this week followed up by sharing the
favorite numbers of ten readers, plus ten more conjecturing as
to why the Count favored the number he did:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19467564">http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19467564</a></p>
<p>
The upcoming season marks the 40th year that Nelson pulled the
strings of the number-loving puppet based on Count Dracula. For
videos, playlists, and printables starring the Count, visit:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.sesamestreet.org/muppets/count-von-count">http://www.sesamestreet.org/muppets/count-von-count</a></p>
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"The way I found the answers was during class when Mrs. Wren
told the class that there were 18 ordered pairs, and if an
ordered pair is switched or negative, it's different, which gave
me an a ha moment...."
<dd>
- Rory, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
<dd>
<a href"http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4112">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4112</a>
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">Unsilence Students' Voices</font></strong></p>
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/articles/communicatorsept2012.html">http://mathforum.org/articles/communicatorsept2012.html</a>
</p>
<p>
The Forum's Director of Professional Development has written
a journal article based on her classroom visits and a
conference presentation.
</p>
<p>
"Unsilence Students' Voices" discusses how to provide an
opportunity for all students to contribute to math classroom
discussions. The free three page-long download intersperses
teaching tips throughout its three sections:
</p>
<ul>
<li>
Too Many Voices/Too Little Time
</li>
<li>
Lack of Fluency in the Language
</li>
<li>
Moving from Passive to Active Learners
</li>
</ul>
<p>
The article, which appears in the current issue of the <i>CMC
ComMuniCator</i>, concludes with links at the Forum for related
articles, conference presentations, and Problem of the
Week resources.
</p>
<p>
This article for the journal of the California Mathematics
Council joins half a dozen others written by Forum staff about
implementing problem solving and writing:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://mathforum.org/pow/teacher/articles.html">http://mathforum.org/pow/teacher/articles.html</a></p>
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"The gnurdiest fortune cookie fortune I ever saw read 'Digital
devices are composed of analog components.' While dualism isn't
very true to how the world works, it seems essential to human
communication. Can we, in mathematics and science education,
learn to better exploit this mechanism while also teaching
awareness of its profound difficulties?"
<dd>
- Noqsi, posted to the
comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica discussion
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7885447">http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7885447</a>
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">New Journal: <i>Mathematics Teacher Educator</i></font></strong></p>
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<a href="http://www.nctm.org/publications/toc.aspx?jrnl=mte">http://www.nctm.org/publications/toc.aspx?jrnl=mte</a>
</p>
<p>
A new online journal launched last week &mdash; and it's dedicated
specifically to issues in mathematics teacher education.
</p>
<p>
Articles from the inaugural 101 page-long issue of <i>Mathematics
Teacher Educator</i> (MTE) include
</p>
<ul>
<li>
Mathematics Preservice Teachers Learning about English
Language Learners through Task-Based Interviews
and Noticing
</li>
<li>
The Role of Writing Prompts in a Statistical Knowledge for
Teaching Course
</li>
<li>
Capitalizing on Productive Norms to Support
Teacher Learning
</li>
<li>
The Content-Focused Methods Course: A Model for
Integrating Pedagogy and Mathematics Content
</li>
<li>
Using "Lack of Fidelity" to Improve Teaching
</li>
</ul>
<p>
As articulated by its editorial panel, MTE seeks to "contribute
to building a professional knowledge base for mathematics
teacher educators that stems from, develops, and strengthens
practitioner knowledge" and "provide a means for practitioner
knowledge related to the preparation and support of teachers of
mathematics to be not only public, shared, and stored, but also
verified and improved over time."
</p>
<p>
Co-publishers the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
(AMTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
(NCTM) have made the first issue of this new biannual freely
available for download, with subsequent issues available only
to current members of those organizations.
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