Summer Problems of the Week (28 May 2010)
- Every two weeks from June through August, we will continue to
post challenging word problems and accept solutions to them.
We encourage teachers with class, school, or district
memberships to design summer projects that draw on Current
Problems or past PoWs, such as the selection from the Problems
of the Week Library highlighted last spring. 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. Trial Class Accounts are available.
Math Forum Online Courses: Summer Schedule (28 May 2010)
Purchase or renew your PoW Class membership by June 30th and
pay only $70 for any professional development course, a savings of $79.
Differentiated Math Instruction:
Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners
June 17 - July 28
Participants will explore strategies for using problem solving
to build skills and concepts for struggling students and to
provide challenge for those who soar. Participants should
expect to spend 3-5 hrs per week on the course. This course is
best suited for teachers of grades 3-8. This course
requires membership in the PoWs at the Class level or higher.
Problem Solving Strategies
June 21 - August 30
Participants will solve challenging middle school and high
school algebra, geometry, and probability problems and develop
a supplemental curriculum outline supporting the development of
mathematical approaches to problems. Course participants include both graduate students from the
Mathematics Learning and Teaching master's program (taking it
for graduate credit) and teachers from the wider Math Forum
community (taking it for continuing education credits). This
should provide a nice sized group for interaction, along with
useful variety in mathematical approaches and teaching
This is a longer course than our others, and carries 3 CEUs or
30 hours, vs. the regular 1.5 CEUs or 15 hours, all for the
same regular price of $149--or purchase or renew a class-level
membership in the Problems of the Week, and take this course
for only $70.
PoW Class Membership: Resources & Strategies
for Effective Implementation
June 17 - July 28
This course will familiarize current subscribers of the
Problems of the Week (PoWs) with the features and resources
associated with your PoW membership access. You will be able to
make an informed decision about how to start implementing PoWs
with your students, and you'll have an idea of further steps to
try when you are ready. Participation requires Problem of the Week membership at the
Class level or higher.
Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra
...one step at a time
July 29 - August 13 [two-week intensive]
In this course we will examine a continuum of student work from
the Math Forum's Problems of the Week archive. Selected work
will include a range of examples from "not knowing how to
start" to "It's perfect. What could I possibly say to her?" We
will consider specific ways to move students' thinking along
Math Forum Online Workshop: Algebraic Reasoning (21 May 2010)
- The Math Forum is offering a community-facilitated professional
development workshop titled "Using Technology and Problem
Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning," starting June 17 and
running through July 29. This workshop is free. Participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive a $25 coupon to apply to the cost of
any of our online courses. Those participants can also receive
1.5 CEUs for a fee of $25 to cover administrative costs.
Registration is now open.
Free Mentoring Opportunities (30 April 2010)
- A group of preservice teachers from Western Oregon University
will provide feedback to submitters in the FunPow opening May 3 and the PreAlgPoW opening May 10.
Math Forum Exhibit Hall Handouts from NCSM and NCTM (30 April 2010)
- Did you miss us in the Sponsor Display area at NCSM or the
Exhibit Hall at NCTM? Maybe you did find us but you would like
additional copies of our handouts? Feel free to access the
printed matter (in PDF format) distributed recently at our
booths, including information on our Professional Development
program and samples from our Problems of the Week program.
Math Forum Ambassadors (30 April 2010)
- Some of the folks joining us in the display area or booth, or
presenting with us, were not actually Math Forum or KenKen
staff. These are collaborators from around the US and Canada
who have been working closely with us in our online workshops,
onsite professional development, and online professional
development courses. A big thank-you to you all!
- NCTM: MathPath Invitation (April 16, 2010)
- Attention, elementary teachers, math specialists, supervisors,
mentors and coaches: Please join your colleagues to share
needs, insights, and expertise as part of a new online
elementary math project funded through the National Science
The MathPath project will produce an elementary math pathway
bringing together high quality digital math content and
contextualized resources to promote effective instructional
This one-hour session will take place at NCTM:
Friday, April 23, 4:00-5:00
Room 1B, San Diego Convention Center
A $50.00 honorarium will be paid to each participant.
RSVP here. Space is limited, so please sign up soon!
MathPath is a partnership of Maryland Public Television, the
Math Forum @ Drexel University, and the International Society
for Technology in Education (ISTE).
- Emerging Technologies (9 April 2010)
Math Forum Software Engineer Audrey Troutt presented at the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise conference in Philadelphia on April 9th, on practical tips for exercising influence in order to introduce new ideas and practices to your organization.
- Teach for America (April 2010)
Math Forum staff members Ellen Clay and Valerie Klein, and doctoral students Katie Ernst and David Fisher of the Goodwin School of Education, are leading courses this spring for Teach for America, to train and support incoming teachers in talking about mathematics.
- Wireless Generation (April 2010)
Wireless Generation (WGEN) is known for its literacy work with formative assessment and just-in-time learning for hand-held technology, along with instructional units that support intervention based on those assessments. The Math Forum is working with WGEN on developing new approaches to math learning, and are creating materials for pilot testing this year.
- NCTM Meet and Greet: Drexel Online Master's Degree (April 9, 2010)
- Learn more about Drexel University's Online Master's Degree in
Mathematics Learning and Teaching at the upcoming NCTM
conference, in the Exhibit Hall, booth 337.
- Thursday, April 22 at 2:30 PM
- Friday, April 23 at 10:00 AM
Join Dr. Jason Silverman, Program Director of the Mathematics
Learning and Teaching program, for an overview of our
innovative online master's degree and certificate programs.
These programs bring together the best of the Math Forum's 20
years of experience in online mathematics education and teacher
preparation with the expertise of Drexel's nationally ranked
School of Education, a leading provider of online teacher
- Math Forum Probability Workshop (April 9, 2010)
- Registration is now open for the Math Forum's online
professional development workshop, "Technology Tools for
Thinking and Reasoning about Probability." Investigate middle
school probability topics through exploration of the Math
Tools digital library and software tools that contribute to
mathematical understanding, problem solving, reflection, and
The workshop is open to all teachers and tutors working with
students in 5th - 9th grades, and will take place May 6 - June
- use online collaborative learning tools and the extensive
resources and experience of the Math Forum community
- experience the flexibility of anytime, anywhere online
- become accustomed to an online professional development
Participants earn a $25 discount applicable to any of our
online PD courses with the Math Forum @ Drexel. Those who
complete the workshop can earn 1.5 Continuing Education credits
(fifteen contact hours) from Drexel University.
See the web site for more information and registration details.
- Math Forum Handouts from T3 Atlanta (April 9, 2010)
- Did you miss us in the booth area or during our sessions at the
recent T3 International conference in Atlanta? Maybe you did
find us but you would like copies of our handouts?
Feel free to access the printed matter (in PDF format)
distributed during the conference, including information on our
Professional Development program and samples from our Problems
of the Week program.
For more information on our sessions or the conference in
- New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics (6 April 2010)
Claire Mead presented a workshop on April 6 entitled Building Connections through Problem Solving, for the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics in Bedford, NH.
- The Math Forum at NCSM/NCTM (April 2, 2010)
- Come meet the people behind the Math Forum at NCSM and NCTM as we highlighting new partnerships and opportunities, and
sharing our best resources for getting all students solving
problems and communicating their ideas.
Learn more about how the Math Forum can help you get kids
- with fun, addictive KenKen® puzzles
- in Britannica's Mathematics in Context® curriculum
- through our Problems of the Week, including our new
problem solving and communication activities
Stop by the Sponsor Displays (NCSM) or Booth 337 in the
Exhibit Hall (NCTM) to say hello, solve problems and puzzles,
get classroom-ready resources, and enter our drawings!
- Can You KenKen with the Math Forum at NCTM? (April 2, 2010)
- Learn more about using KenKen puzzles to help your students:
- become more persistent, confident problem solvers
- organize and communicate their math ideas
- improve their logical reasoning
- practice their math facts in a creative, engaging way
Visit KenKen @ The Math Forum to learn more about this exciting
partnership. You'll find lots of KenKen puzzles you can print
out or use with students online, as well as lesson plans and
activity ideas for using KenKen puzzles as a natural way to get
students thinking, talking, writing, and doing math.
Be sure to stop by the booth at NCTM to solve some KenKen puzzles with
us, and have the chance to win great prizes from Nextoy® and
the Math Forum.
- Math Forum PD: A Spectrum of Opportunities (April 2, 2010)
- The Math Forum is proud to be a part of Drexel University, and
thrilled that we can now offer our professional development
resources in everything from community-facilitated, affordable,
self-paced workshops to an online Master's in Learning and
Visit us at NCSM and NCTM to meet the faculty and staff who
lead many of our professional development courses and programs.
You can also meet some teachers who have taken our courses
across the spectrum, from online workshops to auditing our
All Math Forum PD opportunities are based on our knowledge of
how students develop as mathematical problem solvers and
writers (honed by over 17 years of working with students online
and in classrooms as they solve tough problems and communicate
their ideas) and our commitment to student-centered,
problem-based learning. What's new is that there are now so
many ways to join us; just choose whatever fits your needs
- Westford Academy (1 April 2010)
Claire Mead presented a workshop on problem solving with her husband Bob Mead at the Westford Academy, Westford, MA, on April 1.