September
 Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week
(PoWs) (30 September 2000)
 As the 20002001 school year began in the United States and the Math Forum
resumed posting its six problems of the week, the service received more than
13,900 student responses to the five puzzles completed during August and
September. The Middle School PoW received the most submissions with 4,719;
the Geometry PoW was close behind with 4,234; Algebra received 2,273;
Elementary 1,854; Trig/Calc 538; and Discrete Math 294.
 September additions to the Forum's Internet Mathematics
Library (30 September 2000)
 230 new sites were added to the Math Library in September 2000, for a total archive
of 7590 entries; in addition, more than 50 URLs or annotations were updated.
 New T2T FAQ (29 September 2000)
 Using Manipulatives: answers to
a frequently asked question: What role can manipulatives play in the classroom?
 Teacher2Teacher Home Page Updated (14 September 2000)
 The T2T home page now includes a searcher and links to Highlighted Discussions:
find timely ideas for math activities and lessons to use during the upcoming Olympic
Games, and read creative suggestions for using journals in math class and for
decorating math classrooms. The new page also shines a spotlight on other Math
Forum areas, such as the Internet Math Library.
 New Dr. Math FAQ (9 September 2000)
 Loans and Interest:
explanations of and formulas for interest calculations: simple interest, compound
interest, annual percentage rate (APR), and installment loans. (Robert L. Ward)
 Varnelle's Primary Math  Introduction
to Geometry (3 September 2000)
 A unit by Varnelle Moore, designed to introduce young children to beginning
concepts in geometry: describing shapes, making patterns, building shapes, rotational
symmetry, and line symmetry, with teacher support extension ideas. Lessons include
interactive, manipulativebased projects, technology, paper/pencil practice, and
literature connections.
 T2T FAQ  Helping with Homework (2 September 2000)
 From the Teacher2Teacher Service, a collection of answers to a frequently asked
question: How can I help my child with math homework?
 Apply to join the T2T Service (1 September 2000)
 Teacher2Teacher is a questionandanswer service serving the needs of the mathematics
teaching community. You are invited to apply online
to become a member of the panel of Teacher2Teacher Associates, teaching professionals who
answer questions received by the service.
August
 August additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics
Library (31 August 2000)
 130 new sites were added to the Math Library in August 2000, for a total archive of 7360 entries; in addition, 95 URLs or annotations were updated.
 JulyAugust additions to the Dr. Math Archives (31 August 2000)
 140 new question&answer entries were added to the tables of contents during July
and August of 2000.
 Problems of the Week (PoWs) (28 August 2000)
 The Math Forum's six Problems of the Week resumed on August 28 for the 20002001
school year. Students are invited to submit solutions to Elementary, Middle School,
Geometry, Algebra, Discrete Math, and Trig/Calculus problems. A new
PoW Discussion Group has been established to
facilitate conversation around the Math Forum's Problems of the Week; input is invited
from teachers who have used the problems in their classrooms, and from teachers who
have questions concerning how they can implement the problems in their curricula.
Teachers may also request accounts that will allow them to follow the activity
of their students; see the Teacher Information page.
 Chameleon Graphing, by Ursula Whitcher (17 August 2000)
 A Web unit introducing the coordinate plane, for elementary and middle school students. With the help of Sam the Chameleon, learn to find points on a number line and graph points in the coordinate plane.
 August Conferences and Workshops (17 August 2000)
  ESCOT, August 1418, 2000: teachers and
developers met in Swarthmore, PA for their second annual summer workshop, hosted by the
Math Forum. The Educational Software Components of Tomorrow project explores a
promising direction for innovation: assembling math education software from components
rather than handcrafting new programs or applications for each curricular need.
The agenda included defining ESCOT Problems of the Week for the coming school year.
  PA Governor's
Institute for Mathematics, August 16,
2000: Richard Tchen introduced The Math Forum to teachers at this
institute held at Penn State University, State College, PA.
  Bridging Research and Practice (BRAP), August 57, 2000:
The Math Forum's Bridging Research and Practice group
gathered in Swarthmore, PA for its fourth workshop. The agenda included discussions around
research reading and further development of the videopaper "Encouraging
Mathematical Thinking," and conversations about outreach for the project.
 Apply to join the T2T Service (1 August 2000)
 Teacher2Teacher is a questionandanswer service serving the needs of the mathematics
teaching community. You are invited to apply online
to become a member of the panel of Teacher2Teacher Associates, teaching professionals who
answer questions received by the service.
July
 New Dr. Math FAQs (31 July, 22 July, 10 July 2000)
  Properties Glossary:
What is an operation? an identity? What are the associative, commutative, and distributive properties? What is the property of closure? What is the inverse of something? (Ursula Whitcher)
  Russian Peasant Multiplication:
What is Russian peasant multiplication? How do I use it? Why does it work? How is the Russian peasant algorithm connected to binary numbers? (Ursula Whitcher)
  Flying Between Two Trains:
Two trains 150 miles apart travel toward each other along the same track, the first train at 60 mph, the second at 90 mph. A fly buzzes back and forth between the two trains until they collide. If the fly's speed is 120mph, how far will it travel? (Ursula Whitcher)
 July Conferences and Workshops (31 July 2000)
  Math Forum Summer Institute: an invitational program for mathematics teachers committed to or experienced in the use of computers in the classroom. See Developing
Mathematics on the Internet: A Summer Institute for Teachers, July 25  August 11, 2000.
  PA Governor's Institute in Mathematics: Shelly Berman introduced The Math Forum  Your Personal Portal to Mathematics on the Internet to elementary, middle school, and high school teachers at this institute held at Penn State University, State College, PA, July 19, 2000.
  Math Forum/Rutgers/Lucent: in conjunction with a Rutgers/Lucent Allies in Teaching Mathematics and Technology grant, Shelly Berman and Annie Fetter offered a professional development workshop for teachers from the Newark, NJ area, July 1013, 2000.
  WebCT 2000: Steve Weimar, Helen Plotkin, Suzanne Alejandre, Shelly Berman, Judy Ann Brown, Roya Salehi, Lee Smith, and Jody Underwood attended the second annual WebCT conference in Athens, GA, where Steve and Helen gave a presentation on Building Community in the Electronic Classroom and Online Learning Centers, and Judy presented a preconference overview of the Math Forum's services, July 912, 2000.
 Additions to the Math Forum's Teacher2Teacher Service (31 July 2000)
 More than 90 new question&answer entries were added to the T2T archives
during June and July of 2000.
 Additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics
Library (31 July 2000)
 More than 95 new sites were added to the over 7,200 entries in the Math Library; in addition, 40 prior entries were updated during July of 2000.
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