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September

PoW: Free Mentoring Opportunities (28 September, 2007)
Mentor groups will be providing feedback to submitters in Problems of the Week over the next several weeks:
  • Math Fundamentals from now through October 21, and again November 5 through 18
  • Geometry from October 1 through October 14
  • Pre-Algebra from October 15 through November 25
  • Algebra from November 19 through December 2
Drexel University Mathematics Competition (21 September, 2007)
Tenth- to 12th graders interested in studying mathematics at college are invited to compete for up to $25,000 in scholarship money. To enter the Drexel University Mathematics Competition, answer seven questions and the essay prompt, "Why would you like to study Mathematics at Drexel University?" Ten students and their favorite math teachers will be invited to Drexel to participate in the Mathematical Association of America's regional fall conference, on November 10. The deadline to enter is October 23, 2007. Visit the website for rules and additional information.
 
Enhanced Problem Packet for Teachers (15 September, 2007)
Get more out of the Problem of the Week (PoW) experience with our new enhanced problem packets. Now a standard accompaniment to the Current PoWs, each packet includes:
  • problem
  • answer check (the same one that students may view on the web after they submit their solutions)
  • our solution
  • scoring rubric specific to the problem
  • notes about common mistakes we have seen
  • ideas for implementing the problem in the classroom
  • range of student solutions (including solutions at a developing level)
To focus on providing this increased support and making visible the "hidden" curriculum around problem-solving and writing, some Current PoWs will draw from past puzzles to which students have already submitted. Their solutions and explanations will enrich the accompanying packets of those Current PoWs. We'll still write and post brand new problems this year; the packets for those will lack student work.
Non-members may sample packets by first registering a trial account
 
Graduate Programs in Mathematics Learning and Teaching (12 September, 2007)
The Math Forum and Drexel University School of Education are pleased to announce an online master's degree program in Mathematics Learning and Teaching. The program capitalizes on the more than ten years of experience that the Math Forum has in bringing together tens of thousands of students, teachers, educators, and mathematics enthusiasts to do mathematics, solve problems, and learn from each other.
 
Math Forum Resources for Family Nights (3 September, 2007)
Are you looking for mathematical activities to give parents and families to use at home with their children? This page lists resources that are readily available at the Math Forum.
 

August

New! Individual Math Forum Student Accounts (20 August, 2007)
Starting Monday, August 20, 2007, Problem of the Week members with class, school, or district memberships will be able to create individual accounts for their students in our Problems of the Week Services. In addition to the security this provides, it also means that students will be able to receive PoW messages and mentor feedback through web pages instead of via email. That's right - no email required! We're really excited about this upgrade, as we know that email access in schools isn't always convenient or even possible.
 
Math Forum Problems of the Week (17 August, 2007)
Our new year of the PoWs begins on Monday, August 20, with problems in Pre-Algebra and Geometry. The Math Fundamentals and Algebra PoWs start on Monday, August 27.
 

July

2007 Materials Development Institute (27 July, 2007)
The 2007 Materials Development Institute for Middle School Teachers ia a collaborative effort to develop the content for a new NSDL Online Teacher Workshop focused on probability.
 
Mentors of the MathMentor (12 July, 2007)
The MathMentor, a new program at the Math Forum @ Drexel and sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, is looking for mentors interested in expanding students' career aspirations as they help them develop interest in math, science and technology.
 
PCMI Summer 2007 (11 July, 2007)
Suzanne Alejandre and Richard Tchen facilitated the Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP) of the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) for the seventh year. The SSTP is structured around three goals: all teachers should continue to professionalize their work by continuing to learn and do mathematics, analyzing and refining classroom practice, and becoming resources to colleagues and the profession. The SSTP is organized around three strands related to these goals and is enriched by additional activities tailored to specific participant needs and by programs involving other components of the PCMI community.
 

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