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TI-Technology PoWs Aligned to the Common Core (30 March 2012)
We've re-visited Problems of the Week (PoWs) that take advantage of the TI-Nspire™, and developed teacher packets aligning each of our TI-PoWs to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Each TI-PoW now comes with PDFs that detail
      The Strategy
      Key Screen Shots
      Possible Responses
Students are invited to use the link "Submit your answer" and then "self-mentor" using specially designed hints, checks, and suggestions for extensions.
Focus on Student Practice (23 March 2012)
Suzanne Alejandre's article, which first appeared in the March 2012 issue of the CMC ComMuniCator, is based on her visits to a fifth grade classroom in Philadelphia. It concludes with related links at the Forum for freely downloading the PoW packet and other accompanying resources.
Math Forum Handouts from T3 Chicago (16 March 2012)
Did you miss us in the booth area or during our sessions at the recent T3 International Conference in Chicago? Want copies of our handouts? Feel free to access the printed matter distributed during the conference, including information on our Professional Development program and samples from our Problems of the Week program.


Dr. Math FAQ: What Are Leap Years? (17 February 2012)
2012 is a leap year, so this month ends on Wednesday, February 29th. In the leap year of 1996, the Forum began a free ask-an-expert service for math students and their teachers. Since then, Ask Dr. Math has helped millions understand why some years have 366 days, plus lots more mathematics about calendars.
T3 International Conference (9 February 2012)
The T3 program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host the annual T3 International Conference in Chicago, Illinois, March 2-4. 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 staffed by Suzanne Alejandre, Max Ray and Craig Russell:

  • 10:00 to 5:30, Friday, March 2, 2012
  • 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday, March 3, 2012

Max and Craig will also present Sessions 276 and 315:

Using Technology to Assess Mathematical Understanding (Without Getting Lost in the Technology)
11:15 - 12:45, Saturday, March 3

Crime Scene Investigation: Exploring Similarity the Common Core Way, with the TI-NspireTM Family of Handhelds
1:00 - 2:00, Saturday, March 3

PoW Planet (3 February 2012)
Want to share and collaborate on math problems with international classrooms? Come to the PoW Planet to exchange images, videos, and stories of the math in your community with classrooms in the U.S. and Canada, France, Macedonia, Mexico, Romania, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. This new project brings students from around the world to do math together and learn from each other. Check out the world map showing the locations of other PoW Planet participants, the schedule of Twitter chats, and more.
Solutions: 2012 Mathematics Game (1 February 2012)
Students' solutions to the 2012 Mathematics Game have now been posted. Submissions are still being accepted - including for the one last number that remains unsolved!


Scholar Search (22 January 2012)
Max Ray presented virtually to students and their families attending the University of Washington event using our Are you a Math Explorer? page.
100th Day of School (6 January 2012)
In the coming weeks, many students will be attending school for the 100th day this school year. The 100th Day can be a lot of fun - and a teachable moment! Counting up to 100 for the 100th day of school gives teachers many special opportunities to investigate place value. The discussions and links to Web resources found in the FAQ provide many ideas to make your 100th Day a memorable experience for your students.

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