The 2017 Summer Session of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) concluded last week in Utah. More than sixty teachers from across the United States participated in PCMI's three-week Teacher Leadership Program (TLP), which consisted of three strands:
- Math Course: Recursion and Matrices - Reflecting on Practice: Making Inquiry a Core Teaching Practice - Working Groups on the math course, on lesson study, and on standards for mathematical proficiency
For all the problem sets, observations, and PowerPoint presentations from TLP 2017, check out the class notes:
This year's institute vastly expanded PCMI's YouTube channel, which now boasts more than a hundred videos of new lectures by Persi Diaconis, Sylvia Serfaty, Terence Tao, and other leading mathematicians:
In ten days, a new online elementary math conference kicks off.
Organizer Christina Tondevold describes her virtual summit's 30 presenters as "the ones I look for first in the program book at any conference I attend." Review the full roster of speakers and descriptions of their sessions, then register for free access to the "PD in your PJs" through Monday, August 7:
Passes for ongoing access to content of this first Virtual Math Summit, as well as other community functions on the Build Math Minds site, are available from Tondevold, the teacher educator who blogs at The Recovering Traditionalist:
Free beta versions of a factoring game modeled on Tetris recently launched for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets.
To play Factris, resize the falling rectangles according to their factors. Pack them together strategically to win points and free up space for subsequent rectangles.
Factris creator Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) is an independent charity committed to improving mathematics education. The UK curriculum development body freely offers this game in the Google Play and iTunes stores; respectively,