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January - March 2010

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Free Mentoring Opportunity (March 19, 2010)
A group of preservice teachers from Eastern Kentucky University will provide feedback to submitters in the Pre-Algebra problem opening on March 29.

Please have your students submit solutions. If they receive replies from a mentor, we hope you'll encourage them to revise. Not only will your students learn more, but the mentors will learn as well!

Trial Class Account: Free 21 day access to Current Problems of the Week and the Problems of the Week Library.

The Math Forum at NCSM/NCTM (March 12, 2010)
Math Forum staff and associates will present sessions at both conferences. Here are some glimpses of what they'll discuss:


Monday 9:30 - 10:30
Developing Leadership in Our Mathematics Community: An Effective Model to Identify and Support Teacher Leaders
Monday 12:15 - 1:15
Teaching (and Learning!) Mathematics through Problem Solving: a Model for Online Professional Development
Tuesday 2:45 - 3:45
Problem Solving and Technology Implementation in an Inclusion Classroom


Tuesday 1:00 - 1:40 [Research Presession]
The Role of the Teacher Educator in Online Mathematics Teacher Education
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00
I Notice, I Wonder, I Can Think!
Thursday 12:30 - 1:30
Problem Solving and Technology Implementation in an Inclusion Classroom
Thursday 2:00 - 3:00
Develop Practitioner Inquiry and Professional Learning Communities Using Web 2.0
Friday 8:30 - 10:00
Student Work: What's the Big Idea?
Friday 1:00 - 2:30
Building Connections through Problem Solving
Saturday 9:30 - 10:30
Stories from the Community: Problem Solving Experiences in Middle Grades
Saturday 11:00 - 12:00
Problem Solving: A Vehicle for Integrating Financial Literacy and the Mathematics Curriculum
Math Camps and Summer Programs (March 2010)

High School:
Middle School:

The Math Forum maintains an annotated list of math camps and summer programs. It links to residential opportunities, some just for girls, in states that include

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Washington

Many opportunities occuring this summer have application deadlines already coming up soon.


Numeracy and Financial Literacy Summer Institute (12 February 2010)
The Math Forum invites teachers of 6th-12th grade mathematics to apply for its Numeracy and Financial Literacy Summer Institute. The institute is part of The Math Forum Enhanced Tools for Financial Literacy, a new comprehensive program that aims to support mathematics teachers as they integrate financial education concepts in the math classroom.

Come collaborate with other mathematics teachers, financial literacy experts, and mathematics education experts:

  • using problem solving to integrate financial literacy into the mathematics classroom
  • the math relevant to financial literacy and how it aligns to the core mathematics curriculum
  • the interconnectedness between mathematical thinking and financial behavior
  • organizing financial literacy resources into a catalog structure useful to mathematics teachers
  • building and sustaining an online community that supports financial literacy and mathematics education
  • supporting and encouraging participants' long-term engagement in The Math Forum Enhanced Tools for Financial Literacy

Stipends and other forms of support will be available for those who stay involved in the program after the institute, including facilitation of workshops built around an outline created at the institute, online forum facilitation, action research, and materials development.

The institute will be held July 27 through August 1, 2010, at the Inn at Penn, near the Drexel University campus in Philadelphia, PA. All travel/hosting/food expenses of participants will be covered.

Apply here by March 1:

Questions? Email

The institute is made possible in part by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

T3 International Conference (12 February 2010)
The T3 program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host the annual T3 International Conference in Atlanta, March 5 - 6.

Come network with teachers from across the US and abroad; learn from experienced educators; participate in hands-on and demonstration sessions—and visit the Math Forum's booth!

Suzanne Alejandre and Max Ray will staff booth No. 200 in the Exhibit Hall:

  • 10:00 to 5:30, Friday, March 5, 2010
  • 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday, March 6, 2010

They look forward to talking with you about the Math Forum in general, and in particular about

  • Professional Development
  • Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs)
  • Problems of the Week (PoWs)
  • Math Tools
  • Dr. Math Books

Suzanne and Max are also leading three sessions this year:

Implementing The Math Forum's Problem-Solving Process with the TI-Nspire (Session 101 - Max Ray)
Montreal Room - International Tower Embassy Level
1:15 - 2:15, Friday, March 5, 2010

Implementing The Math Forum's Problem-Solving Process with the TI-Nspire (Session 284 - Max Ray)
Note: this is a more in-depth, 1.5 hour version of Friday's 1-hour session.
Greenbriar Room - Atlanta Conference Center Level
11:15 - 12:45, Saturday, March 6, 2010

Math Tools, tPoWs, TI Technology and You! (Session 281 - Suzanne Alejandre)
Courtland Room - Atlanta Conference Center Level
11:15 - 12:45, Saturday, March 6, 2010

Want to talk about tPoWs inspired by TI, but know you won't be at the conference? Send Suzanne and Max a note so they can contact you! Use the link on this page:

TI also runs two-day Regional Conferences throughout the year. All T3 conferences are open to kindergarten to university educators interested in using educational technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts and world languages.

tPoWs Have Moved! (5 February 2010)
Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs) are freely accessible problem-solving challenges modeled on our Problems of the Week that take advantage of interactive mathematics tools such as Java applets, TI-Nspire™, The Geometer's Sketchpad®, Fathom™, and spreadsheets.

We are moving the tPoWs from the old software system to a new one. You may use either system during this transitional period. The tPoWs are free, but require a login—if you have a login for the Problems of the Week or KenKen, you can use that, or sign up for a free login using the instructions on the site.

Free Mentoring Opportunities (5 February 2010)
Mentor groups will provide feedback to submitters in upcoming problems opening on these dates:

  • PreAlgPoW, February 15
  • FunPoW and AlgPoW, February 22
Briarcliff Manor Middle School (February 2010)
The Math Forum is working with Briarcliff Manor Middle School in New York this year. Suzanne Alejandre will work directly with 6th graders to nurture their enthusiasm for math and develop their skills and abilities. She will also collaborate with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math teachers to provide appropriate professional development opportunities and build a professional learning community.


The Math Forum at AMTE conference (28-30 January 2010)
Claire Mead and Jason Silverman led a panel discussion at the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators conference in Irvine, California. The discussion, titled "Mathematics Teacher Development through Virtual Fieldwork", centered on our efforts to support pre-service teachers' learning through virtual fieldwork in the Math Forum's Online Mentoring Project. Pre-service teachers interact virtually with K-12 students and provide feedback on their submissions to our Problems of the Week. The panel included professors who use the OMP with their students at Plymouth (NH) State University, Mount St. Mary's College (Los Angeles), Western Oregon University, Indiana University, Northwest Missouri State University, and Rhode Island College.
Math Forum Online Workshop: Algebraic Reasoning (8 January 2010)
The Math Forum is offering a community-facilitated professional development workshop titled "Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning", starting January 28 and running through March 10.

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.

Math Forum Online Professional Development Courses (1 January 2010)
The Math Forum has scheduled several six-week asynchronous courses to start in the first months of the year. Past participants describe the courses as highly effective and very worthwhile.

You can see their feedback, access the syllabi for each course, and read further details through the link above. Course dates are as follows:

January 14 - February 24

  • PoW Class Membership: Resources & Strategies for Effective Implementation **
  • Problem Solving Strategies
  • Resources & Strategies for Effective Math in Context (MiC) Implementation (6th, 7th, or 8th grade focus)

January 20 - March 2

  • Moving Students from Arithmetic to step at a time

February 11 - March 24

  • Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement, Course 1

February 18 - March 31

  • Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners

March 18 - April 28

  • Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week **

All courses cost $149. The courses designated with ** also require a Problems of the Week Class Membership to enable student use. 1.5 CEUs are included in the course price.

If you would like to learn more about these course and sign up, please contact Lori Wall at 1-800-756-7823, option 1, or

Colonial School District (January 2010)
The Math Forum is leading a professional development program with the Colonial School District, New Castle, Delaware, this year. They are working with middle and high school teachers and focus on problem solving strategies and accountable talk in the math classroom.

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