Using the Problems of the Week
Current Problem of the Week Calendar
Find links to the Packets, Activity Series, and Online Resources (and more!) from the list of individual problem pages. There are teaching suggestions, problem solutions, sample student work with rubric-related commentary and suggested interventions, and activities to use with each problem, designed to build problem-solving skills in a coherent sequence through the year.
Find links to our Certificates of Participation. Please feel free to download them, make copies, and add your students' names to use in your end-of-the-year ceremonies.
Get help starting the PoWs with your students, from program features and classroom tips to complete, step-by-step instructions on site navigation.
These pages give an overview of the technical side of the Problems of the Week—how to register your students, submit a solution, revise, and more.
About the Math Forum Rubric
The long term goal for responses to the Problems of the Week is a combination of good problem solving and strong mathematical communication. We use a four point rubric in six different areas including interpretation, strategy, accuracy, completeness, clarity, and reflection.
These PDF files give details about how the problems are scored in the six different areas. They are general to each of the specific levels and are suitable for use with students:
The Math Forum provides mentoring to student submitters in several different forms. All mentors use the Math Forum's scoring rubric, which covers several components of problem solving and mathematical communication. They also provide feedback to students designed to help them improve one or two specific aspects of their work. It is our hope that students who receive mentoring of any kind will take advantage of it to revise and improve their work.