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July 21, 2017 Vol. 22, No. 29


Park City Mathematics Institute, Summer 2017
The Build Math Minds Virtual Summit | Factris



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:

The sixteen clips in the TLP playlist include an extended
presentation by NCTM President-Elect Robert Q. Berry, III:

Having hosted the TLP working sites since 2001, the Math Forum
maintains an index of all its classroom resources here:



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,



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