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March

March additions to the Dr. Math Archives (31 March 2001)
243 new question-&-answer entries were added to the tables of contents during March of 2001, for a total of 6202 answers in the Dr. Math archives.

Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) (30 March 2001)
The Math Forum's Problems of the Week received more than 9,100 student responses to the puzzles completed during March. The Middle School PoW received the most submissions with 3,827; the Geometry PoW followed with 1,886; Algebra received 1,775; Elementary 1,201; Trig/Calc 243; and Discrete Math 191.

April is Mathematics Awareness Month (23 March 2001)
The theme for this year's Mathematics Awareness Month is Mathematics and the Ocean. Read the theme essay, see the poster, or submit announcements of activities that you are planning for your school, company, or community.

Problems of the Week Book, Volume 1 (11 March 2001)
We are proud to announce that our first volume of the Problems of the Week will be on sale at the Math Forum booth (booth 2002) at the NCTM Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, April 4-7, 2001. Six different sections, taken from the six Problems of the Week (Elementary, Middle School, Algebra, Geometry, Trig/Calculus, Discrete Math), are available from the 1999-2000 school year. See the Math Forum's exhibit booth page for more information.

New Discussion Groups Hosted by the Math Forum (11 March 2001)

Mathematics Education in China Discussions: A discussion group dedicated to questions raised by Dianzhou Zhang, Professor of Mathematics, East China Normal University, Shanghai, who co-chairs a commmittee charged with redesigning high school mathematics education in all of China. See About this discussion for more information, including rules for participation.

math-learn: The math-learn mailing list is for those interested in improving the teaching and learning of mathematics. The list is international and teachers from outside the U.S. and Australia (who make up the bulk of the members) are welcome. See About this discussion for more information.

NCTM Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, April 4-7, 2001 (10 March 2001)
An invitation to join us at the Math Forum booth (booth 2002) and to attend our sessions at the NCTM Annual Meeting, including:
  • Understanding Design Elements of Informal Professional Development
  • Ask-an-Expert: Math Forum Online Advice and Answers for Math and Pedagogy Questions
  • Building Mathematical Communication with the Math Forum's Problems of the Week, Grades 3-8
  • Building Mathematical Communication with the Math Forum's Problems of the Week, Grades 9-12
  • The Math Forum: A Portal to Mathematics on the Web for Teachers and Students
  • Using Online Mentoring to Enhance Problem Solving, Assessment, and Communications Skills of Preservice Teachers

March Conferences and Workshops (10 March 2001)
TechEd01 - A Community College Foundation Annual Conference, March 27, 2001: As one of the WebCT-sponsored workshops, Shelly Berman presented an overview tour entitled The MATH FORUM as a Portal to Mathematics on the Internet. The conference was held in Ontario, CA.

It's A Celebration: Our 50th Meeting Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, March 16, 2001: Shelly Berman presented an overview tour entitled The MATH FORUM: A Portal to Mathematics on the Web for Teachers and Students, while Roya Salehi presented Weaving Research & Practice to Encourage Mathematical Thinking & Classroom Discourse. The conference was held in Pittsburgh, PA.

2001: A Math Odyssey - Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, March 10, 2001: Gail Englert and Lisa Lavelle presented an overview of the Math Forum's services and instructional uses entitled Explore the Math Forum. The conference was held on the campus of James Madison University at Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Philadelphia USP Middle Grades Small Learning Community Teacher Leaders Workshop, March 10, 2001: For this follow-up, in-service session held at Edison High School, Philadelphia, Sheldon Berman provided a Math Forum Tour to the first-time attendees while Suzanne Alejandre worked with a second group on her Traffic Jam Activity.

Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) (1 March 2001)
The Math Forum's Problems of the Week received more than 8,700 student responses to the three puzzles completed during February. The Middle School PoW received the most submissions with 3,277; the Geometry PoW followed with 2,369; Algebra received 1,335; Elementary 1,125; Discrete Math 461; and Trig/Calc 169.

Additions to the Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (1 March 2001)
More than 275 sites were added to or updated in the Math Library in Jan.-Feb. 2001, for a total archive of 8150 entries.



February

New Dr. Math FAQ (14 February 2001)
Segments of circles: Given partial information about a segment of a circle, how do you compute what you want to know? (Robert L. Ward)

Suzanne's Mathematics Lessons - Suzanne Alejandre (11 February 2001)
An updated page of middle school Web units, with activities and procedures for teaching on topics from algebraic factoring to tessellations. Suzanne has now included all of the lessons that she wrote while teaching at Frisbie Middle School in Rialto, California, with the lessons written for the Math Forum. The current page is organized by alignment to the NCTM content standards but her previous page continues to be available for users who are more familiar with it.

February Conferences and Workshops (10 February 2001)
In Service Day, February 20, 2001: This in-service for Princeton, New Jersey middle school teachers was given by Richard Tchen at John Witherspoon Middle School using The Math Forum: Internet Searches, Resources, and Problems of the Week.

In Service Day, February 20, 2001: For this in-service session for high school teachers held at Lawrence High School, New Jersey, Shelly Berman presented The Math Forum: Your Portal to Mathematics on the Internet.

Philadelphia USP Middle Grades Small Learning Community Teacher Leaders Workshop, February 10, 2001: For this in-service session held at Edison High School, Philadelphia, Sheldon Berman and Suzanne Alejandre presented The Math Forum: Your Personal Portal to Mathematics Resources on the Internet.

All the King's Digits - Terry Trotter (5 February 2001)
Challenge: Using the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, and the operations of +, -, x, ÷, sqrt (square root), cbrt (cube root), ^ (raise to a power), and ! (factorial), along with grouping symbols, write expressions for the counting number 100.

Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) (1 February 2001)
The Math Forum's problems of the week received more than 9,600 student responses to the four puzzles completed during January. The Middle School PoW received the most submissions with 3,776; the Geometry PoW followed with 2,105; Algebra received 1,467; Elementary 1,371; Discrete Math; 522 and Trig/Calc 369.



January

December/January additions to the Dr. Math Archives (29 January 2001)
196 new question-&-answer entries were added to the tables of contents during December, 2000 and January, 2001, for a total of 5917 answers in the Dr. Math archives.

Association of Teachers of Mathematics of Philadelphia and Vicinity (ATMOPAV) Winter Conference (27 January 2001)
For this overview and tour of Math Forum services held at Northeast High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sheldon Berman used Your Personal Portal to Mathematics Resources on the Internet.

New T2T FAQs (17 January 2001)
- Pi Day: What are some activities I can use for a Pi Day celebration on March 14 (3.14)?
- 100th Day of School: What are some activities I can use with my class for the 100th Day of school?

The Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (10 January 2001)
The Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (MathDL) is an online resource managed by the Mathematical Association of America with funding by the National Science Foundation. The Library is hosted by the Math Forum. The site provides online resources for both teachers and students of collegiate mathematics, including:
  • a new MAA publication, the Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications (JOMA);
  • a catalog of mathematics commercial products, complete with editorial reviews, reader ratings and discussion groups; and
  • an online collection of mathematics instructional material with authors' statements and reader reviews.

Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications (JOMA) (10 January 2001)
JOMA, a publication of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), is the journal of the Mathematical Sciences Digital Library (MathDL), for which MAA has been granted start-up funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF). MathDL is hosted by the Math Forum. JOMA will publish:
  • innovative, class-tested, web-based learning materials,
  • articles on design and use of online materials,
  • original research articles on student learning via online materials and other technology-rich environments,
  • surveys of existing online materials,
  • high-quality "mathlets" (self-contained, dynamic, single-purpose learning tools), and
  • other articles on related subjects, with particular emphasis on applications.

Problems of the Week (PoWs) (9 January 2001)
The Problems of the Week (PoWs) have been chosen as an Eisenhower National Clearinghouse Digital Dozen selection for January, 2001.

New T2T FAQ (4 January 2001)
Answers to a frequently asked question: Tricks for Learning Math: What are some math tricks I can use with my students?

Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) (3 January 2001)
The Math Forum's problems of the week received more than 8,550 student responses to the three puzzles completed during December. The Middle School PoW received the most submissions with 3,020; the Geometry PoW followed with 2,371; Elementary received 1,536; Algebra 1,151; Trig/Calc 252; and Discrete Math 227.


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