Jumping Rope and Ducky Promenade are being mentored by students from Western Oregon University.
The new PoWs will return in September, though we might have a problem or two available near the end of August to test out some new software features. One of those features will be a change in how we "grade" the submissions. While we're currently using a system of credit/no credit, we'll be switching to a scoring rubric in the fall. This is in line with many of the state testing programs and we feel it will give us an opportunity to communicate a lot of information to students about their work and how they might improve it even if we can't individually mentor every submission. It will also allow us to enlist the help of more pre-service and inservice teachers who would like some practice using a rubric.
Thanks for your interest throughout this year. Since posting our first PoW in December of 1993, one of our goals has been to engage students in interesting and thoughtful mathematics and mathematical writing and communication. This spring, to help us write hints and answer checks for the new "self-guided" problems, we started a weekly meeting in the Math Forum office that we call Math Monday. It's turned into an opportunity for interested Math Forum employees to try out many of the possible future Problems of the Week, both self-guided and "regular", and then talk about them - any misunderstandings in the wording of the problems, the proposed hints and answer checks for the self-guided problems, the possible solution paths, and whether the problems and their solutions are interesting! It's a great chance for us to actually talk about problems as a group - math is part of what brought us all together, yet we often get lost in our day to day tasks and don't have the opportunity to simply "do" math. I think it's been a lot of fun for everyone, and we'll keep meeting throughout the summer as we begin to write new problems for next year.