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June

Using Math Software Tools in the Classroom: A teacher-leadership development program (30 June, 2006)
Cynthia Lanius in Houston, TX, and Annie Fetter, Suzanne Alejandre, Stephen Weimar, Steve Risberg, and Jason Silverman in Philadelphia, PA, simultaneously led a face-to-face workshop with two groups of participants.
 
Sketchpad and Middle School Mathematics (30 June, 2006)
Annie Fetter presented Sketchpad activities for teachers to use in their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classrooms at a workshop held at the Camden County ETTC in Sicklerville, New Jersey.
 
Dr. Math Book Reviews (23 June, 2006)
Read these reviews of our two algebra books and our two geometry books by Maria Miller from HomeschoolMath.net. Also read Hema Gopalakrishnan's review of Dr. Math Gets You Ready for Algebra on the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) site.
 
Professional Development Workshops (8 June, 2006)
Math Forum staff are available to lead professional development programs covering a range of topics relating to the teaching and learning of mathematics in the context of online environments and mathematics software.
 


May

Summer Problems of the Week (30 May 2006)
The Pre-Algebra PoW and Geometry PoW will post new summer problems starting June 5. Math Fundamentals and Algebra summer PoWs will debut on June 12. Check the Summer 2006 Calendar for each of our PoW services:
        Math Fundamentals
        Pre-Algebra
        Algebra
        Geometry
We encourage teachers with class, school, or district subscriptions to take this opportunity to have their students do math all summer. Design and assign summer projects using the Current Problems or from a selection from the Active Problem Library. We will have only a few volunteers doing mentoring; and our responses will otherwise be scaled back as we get ready for a new series of problems at the end of August.
 
Our Winners! (10 May, 2006)
Congratulations to the winners of the Math Forum @ Drexel's drawings. Thank you to all of the participants who entered our contests at the NCSM Annual Conference and the NCTM Annual Meeting in St. Louis.
 


April

Folding the Math Forum Logo (21 April, 2006)
Annie Fetter had a brilliant idea for the Math Forum's new logo. She combined the Drexel University mascot (Mario the Dragon) and mathematics in the form of a dragon fractal superimposed on the mythical dragon creature. Download our activity page in PDF format.
 
Using Technology in the Mathematics Classroom (20 April 2006)
Stephen Weimar, Steve Risberg, Suzanne Alejandre, and Richard Tchen presented three workshops for mathematics teacher leaders in Philadelphia, PA.
 
Four New tPoWs Available (15 April, 2006)
Try our newest Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs): Munching Bugs, Tangrams, Temperature Change, and Train Trouble. Students are invited to use the link "Submit your answer" to share their solutions, and then "self-mentor" using specially designed hints, checks, and suggestions for extensions.
 
NCSM 2006 (11 April, 2006)
Visit the Math Forum table in the display area of NCSM Sponsors, or attend one of our sessions.
 
Booth 630 at NCTM 2006 (11 April, 2006)

Meet the Math Forum staff in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 630 in the Convention Center, or attend one of our sessions.

Special for NCTM attendees: receive 20% off Problems of the Week class, school, or district memberships! Phone: 1-800-756-7823, option 1

 
Collaboration with The Science of Racing (5 April, 2006)
The Math Forum will work with The Science of Racing program to promote the importance of the sciences through the sport of professional drag racing. The Science of Racing will use exhibits and an interactive website to reach teachers, students, and parents with the message of how much math and science translates into exciting and successful careers. The next appearance for the Science of Racing team and its nitro funny car will be the Pontiac Excitement Nationals May 19-21 at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio.
 
Jack Kent Cooke Award (4 April, 2006)
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has named the Math Forum @ Drexel one of five winners in a national grant competition of 350 applicants. With the Foundation's $150,000 award, the Math Forum will engage 100 low- to moderate-income 9th and 10th graders in its existing online mathematics community.
 

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