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Rubric: Implementing Standards for Mathematical Practice (29 March 2013)
Three teachers have developed a rubric that uses the eight Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematical Practice to evaluate classroom tasks and teacher actions. A product of the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP), freely available as a PDF or Microsoft Word document, join dozens of other PCMI resources for educators.
The Math Forum at NCTM (22 March 2013)
Math Forum staff, faculty from Drexel's online Master's in Mathematics Learning and Teaching (MLT), and associates will present the following sessions in Denver:

Tuesday, 16 April, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Research Presession)
Supporting Teachers' Understandings of Function through Online PD

Friday, 19 April, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (NCTM session 482)
When Reasoning Matters: Using Mathematical Thinking to Make Financial Decisions

Friday, 19 April, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (NCTM session 531)
Our iPad Story: Helping Our Students Develop Their Practice

Friday, 19 April, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (NCTM session 586)
Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Developing Students' Math Communication Skills

Saturday, 20 April, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM (NCTM session 680)
An Invitation to Experience Online Lesson Study Firsthand

The Math Forum at NCSM (22 March 2013)
Math Forum staff, faculty from Drexel's online Master's in Mathematics Learning and Teaching (MLT), and associates will present no fewer than eight sessions in Denver:
Monday, 15 April, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (NCSM session 162)
Pressing Pause: An Online Professional Development Model that Helps Teachers Take Time to Examine Student Thinking

Monday, 15 April, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (NCSM session 188)
Noticing and Wondering as a Vehicle to Understanding the Problem

Monday, 15 April, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (NCSM session 189)
Ensure High-Quality Mathematics Instruction for All Students through Online Learning Communities That Bring the Standards for Mathematical Practice to Life

Tuesday, 16 April, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM (NCSM session 205)
iPads: Creating Opportunities for Student Discourse

Tuesday, 16 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 244)
Notice and Wonder: Supporting Students to Engage and Teachers to Use Student Thinking

Tuesday, 16 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 245)
Deepening Our Understanding of Elementary CCSS Mathematics While Practicing Our Teaching

Wednesday, 17 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 352)
Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Helping Teachers Develop Students' Math Communication Skills

Wednesday, 17 April, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM (NCSM session 382)
Ignite! We'll Enlighten You and We'll Make It Quick!

Supporting Sense-Making and Perseverance (15 March 2013)
Suzanne Alejandre's article published in the current issue of the CMC ComMuniCator, provides an overview of what freely offers in the way of documents, videos, and blogs that support Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Mathematical Practice 1.
Ostrich Llama Count — Examining Solution Methods (15 March 2013)
Suzanne Alejandre's article published in the current issue of the CMC ComMuniCator, consists of an activity, alignments, directions, extensions, and activity sheets that detail five ways to solve the PoW "Ostrich Llama Count."
Pairing Like Students for Perseverance in Problem Solving (15 March 2013)
Having experimented with student groupings in her classrooms for decades, Math Forum Teacher Associate Marie Hogan recalls how one particular duo of eighth grade Pre-Algebra students, paired by ability level, overcame a contentious start to work together and "reach new heights of problem-solving proficiency."


Radnor High School Technology Professional Development Day (17 February 2013)
Max Ray assisted by Suzanne Alejandre led the session, Practicing the Practices: Using Technology to Transition to the Common Core. As Pennsylvania has adopted the Common Core standards, we've all wondered, "what's going to change?" Now that both assessment consortiums have released their sample items, we know that students are being asked to do an unprecedented amount of problem solving, working with technology, and communicating their thinking. We worked with sample items from PARCC and Smarter Balanced, as well as demonstrated online resources for supporting students to solve problems using technology, and communicate their thinking about those problems.
Georgia MSP: The Power of Observation: Notice and Wonder (2 February 2013)
Steve Weimar's presentation focused on connecting student thinking to math and science while laying the foundation of scientific thinking.
Baseball Cards Video Scenario (1 February 2013)
Hanover Street School third grade students under the direction of Laurel Pollard created a video scenario of one of the Math Forum's Problems of the Week. View on Vimeo or on YouTube.
Solutions: 2013 Mathematics Game (1 February 2013)
Got an expression for 83 using the digits in the year 2013, standard operations, and grouping symbols? How about for 88? Just a few hours ago, we posted all the correct solutions submitted to the 2013 Mathematics Game; and through February, we will continue accepting more - including for those last two unsolved numbers!


The Math Forum Partners with McGraw-Hill to Improve Math Education (29 January 2013)
Drexel University's School of Education has formed a unique partnership with McGraw-Hill School Education Group (SEG) to improve math education in classrooms through the Math Forum @ Drexel, the leading online math education community.
2013 T³ International Conference (25 January 2013)
The T³ program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host its 25th annual T³ International Conference March 8-10, 2013 in Philadelphia — the Math Forum's home town. Come participate in hands-on sessions such as "Rich Tasks for the TI-Nspire™ Handheld," by the Forum's own Max Ray; network with teachers from across the US and abroad; learn from experienced educators — and visit the Math Forum's booth! Register before Thursday, January 31st, to take advantage of the early bird registration discount.
2013 Mathematics Game (1 January 2013)
The year game puzzle is back to challenge students in grades 3-12 to write expressions for each of the counting numbers 1 through 100, using the digits in the year 2013, standard operations, and grouping symbols. Students may start submitting solutions January 1, 2013. Revisit the site after February 1, 2013, to see the first solutions.

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