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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 19.23 (6 Jun 14)
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6 June, 2014 Vol. 19, No. 23
THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS
Engineering and Math Challenge  The Mathman What Works: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving, Expanded
ENGINEERING AND MATH CHALLENGE
http://mathforum.org/emc/
This past academic year, the Math Forum has been problemsolving with Philadelphia public school students. Through a series of schoolbased collaborative practice sessions and competitive events held on the Drexel University campus, the Philadelphia Engineering and Math Challenge (EMC) has encouraged local teens to engineer solutions and apply mathematical reasoning to realworld contexts.
On Wednesday, we held our final event before the summer recess. Please help yourself to instructional materials from EMC, each aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In particular, check out the free downloads of the Engineering Solutions projects, which have ranged from aiming lasers to making ice cream:
http://mathforum.org/emc/engineering.html
Quiz Bowls have enlivened events with short math puzzles:
http://mathforum.org/emc/quiz.html
The Philadelphia EMC is sponsored by Drexel University, the Math Forum @ Drexel, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition.
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PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week
"I was stuck. Because none of these weren't given, I began to brainstorm what was familiar to me. Since in my class, I have done a similar problem to this, I made the problem more understandable for me by connecting the steps with this problem. Once again, I brainstormed what I know about arc, chords, and circles. One thing I came up with was.... Another idea was that.... The last thought was that.... Even after all that brainstorming, I asked myself what made this such a challenging problem  but that's when it hit me: I don't know where the center of the circle is."
 Britney, highlighted in the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution
http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4410
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THE MATHMAN
http://mathman.biz/html/discover.html
Known affectionately around ChampaignUrbana, Illinois, and online as "the Mathman," Don Cohen has listened to a lot of young people encounter, and think through, mathematics. The veteran tutor has compiled over 100 of his students' discoveries, each accompanied by their original handwritten or drawn work, and extended by Cohen's questions. The author of "Changing Shapes with Matrices" also offers a "Map to Calculus":
http://mathman.biz/html/map.html
The numbered bubbles in that diagram correspond to the chapters from his spiralbound "Calculus By and For Young People," first featured in these pages more than a decade ago and once reviewed by Scientific American magazine as conveying, "with infectious enthusiasm, the work of many beginners in one fine teacher's class."
Last week  after four decades of tutoring full time, still averaging upwards of 40 sessions a week  Cohen retired. In a recent interview with the east central Illinois newspaper The NewsGazette, Cohen listed these three distinguishing characteristics of his approach: "One, I have a sense of humor. Two, I expect the kids to do well. Three, I expect them to do things different from how I do them."
http://www.newsgazette.com/news/business/20140518/mathmancallingitcareer.html
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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"Our students took about the same time as yours. I was proud of them for really sticking with it."  Brian, posted to the secondary (grades 912) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State
http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9479965
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WHAT WORKS: IMPROVING MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM SOLVING, EXPANDED
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide.aspx?sid=16
On Monday, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) expanded the content accompanying its free practice guide for improving students' mathematical problem solving in grades 4 through 8.
IES' "Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8" now includes video presentations about each of the five recommendations, as well as an interview of one of the guide's authors. What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has further added to this publication  first featured in these pages upon its release two summers ago  with new ideas for implementing these strategies in classrooms.
IES rated these two recommendations as backed by the strongest evidence: "Assist students in monitoring and reflecting on the problemsolving process" and "Teach students how to use visual representations."
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<p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif">Engineering and Math Challenge</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif">The Mathman</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif">What Works: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving, Expanded</font></p>
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<center> <table width="100%" cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0> <tr> <td width=40> </td> <td> <p align="center"> <font color="#000000" size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> If you prefer to receive a textonly version, please send a note to <a href="http://mathforum.org/electronic.newsletter/mfin.faq.html#feedback">the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors</a> and we will subscribe you to that list.<br> You can also subscribe via <a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/rss/rssmessages.jsp?forumID=212">RSS feed</a>. </font> </p><hr> <p> <font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p><strong> <font color="#003399">Engineering and Math Challenge</font> </strong> </p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://mathforum.org/emc/">http://mathforum.org/emc/</a> </p> <p> This past academic year, the Math Forum has been problemsolving with Philadelphia public school students. Through a series of schoolbased collaborative practice sessions and competitive events held on the Drexel University campus, the Philadelphia Engineering and Math Challenge (EMC) has encouraged local teens to engineer solutions and apply mathematical reasoning to realworld contexts. </p> <p> On Wednesday, we held our final event before the summer recess. Please help yourself to instructional materials from EMC, each aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In particular, check out the free downloads of the Engineering Solutions projects, which have ranged from aiming lasers to making ice cream: </p> <p align="center"><a href="http://mathforum.org/emc/engineering.html">http://mathforum.org/emc/engineering.html</a></p> <p> Quiz Bowls have enlivened events with short math puzzles: </p> <p align="center"><a href="http://mathforum.org/emc/quiz.html">http://mathforum.org/emc/quiz.html</a></p> <p> The Philadelphia EMC is sponsored by Drexel University, the Math Forum @ Drexel, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Philadelphia <nobr>Math + Science</nobr> Coalition. </p> </font></p>
<hr> <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p align=center> <dl> <dt> <i><font color="#003399">PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week</font></i> <p> <dt> "I was stuck. Because none of these weren't given, I began to brainstorm what was familiar to me. Since in my class, I have done a similar problem to this, I made the problem more understandable for me by connecting the steps with this problem. Once again, I brainstormed what I know about arc, chords, and circles. One thing I came up with was.... Another idea was that.... The last thought was that.... Even after all that brainstorming, I asked myself what made this such a challenging problem — but that's when it hit me: I don't know where the center of the circle is." <dd>  Britney, highlighted in the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution <dd> <a href="http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4410">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4410</a> </dl> </p> </font></p> <hr>
<p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p><strong><font color="#003399">The Mathman</font></strong></p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://mathman.biz/html/discover.html">http://mathman.biz/html/discover.html</a> </p> <p> Known affectionately around ChampaignUrbana, Illinois, and online as "the Mathman," Don Cohen has listened to a lot of young people encounter, and think through, mathematics. The veteran tutor has compiled over 100 of his students' discoveries, each accompanied by their original handwritten or drawn work, and extended by Cohen's questions.</p> <p> The author of <em>Changing Shapes with Matrices</em> also offers a Map to Calculus™: </p> <p align="center"><a href="http://mathman.biz/html/map.html">http://mathman.biz/html/map.html</a></p> <p> The numbered bubbles in that diagram correspond to the chapters from his spiralbound <em>Calculus By and For Young People</em>, first featured in these pages more than a decade ago and once reviewed by <em>Scientific American</em> magazine as conveying, "with infectious enthusiasm, the work of many beginners in one fine teacher's class." </p> <p> Last week — after four decades of tutoring full time, still averaging upwards of 40 sessions a week — Cohen retired. In a recent interview with the east central Illinois newspaper <em>The NewsGazette</em>, Cohen listed these three distinguishing characteristics of his approach: "One, I have a sense of humor. Two, I expect the kids to do well. Three, I expect them to do things different from how I do them." </p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www.newsgazette.com/news/business/20140518/mathmancallingitcareer.html">http://www.newsgazette.com/news/business/20140518/mathmancallingitcareer.html</a></p> </font></p>
<hr> <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p align=center> <dl> <dt> <i><font color="#003399">Now taking place: math education conversation of the day</font></i> <p> <dt> "Our students took about the same time as yours. I was proud of them for really sticking with it." <dd>  Brian, posted to the secondary (grades 912) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State <dd> <a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9479965">http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9479965</a> </p> </font></p> </dl> <hr>
<p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sansserif"> <p><strong><font color="#003399">What Works: Improving Mathematical Problem Solving, Expanded</font></strong></p> <p align="center"> <a href="http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide.aspx?sid=16">http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide.aspx?sid=16</a> </p> <p> On Monday, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) expanded the content accompanying its free practice guide for improving students' mathematical problem solving in grades 4 through 8. </p> <p> IES' "Improving Mathematical Problem Solving in Grades 4 Through 8" now includes video presentations about each of the five recommendations, as well as an interview of one of the guide's authors. What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has further added to this publication — first featured in these pages upon its release two summers ago — with new ideas for implementing these strategies in classrooms. </p> <p> IES rated these two recommendations as backed by the strongest evidence: "Assist students in monitoring and reflecting on the problemsolving process" and "Teach students how to use visual representations." </p> </font></p>
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