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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 experience.
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 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 this continuum.

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 Foundation.

The MathPath project will produce an elementary math pathway bringing together high quality digital math content and contextualized resources to promote effective instructional practice.

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 professional development.

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 discussion.

The workshop is open to all teachers and tutors working with students in 5th - 9th grades, and will take place May 6 - June 16, 2010.

  • use online collaborative learning tools and the extensive resources and experience of the Math Forum community
  • experience the flexibility of anytime, anywhere online learning
  • become accustomed to an online professional development environment

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 general, see

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 problem solving:

  • 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 Teaching.

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 Master's courses.

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 and resources.

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.

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