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September

NSDL Online Workshops (22 September, 2008)
The Math Forum has been hosting a series of online workshops for teachers who work with students in 5th through 9th grade. Teachers will explore the Math Tools digital library and several software tools that contribute in some way to mathematical understanding, problem solving, reflection and discussion. Applications are now open for:
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning
October 27 - December 8, 2008
Overview ||  Dates for 2008-2009 || Application
Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability
October 27 - December 8, 2008
Overview ||  Dates for 2008-2009 || Application
Free Mentoring Opportunities (12 September, 2008)
Mentor groups will be providing feedback to submitters in Problems of the Week over the next several weeks:
    Math Fundamentals from Sep 15 through Oct 26
    Pre-Algebra from Oct 6 through Nov 2
    Geometry from Oct 20 through Nov 2
 

August

Macalester College Problem of the Week (22 August, 2008)
Stan Wagon developed the semester's first Macalester College Problem of the Week based on a Riley and Taalman's Sudoku variation, as announced on the mailing list that the Forum hosts for him: About the Macalester College Problem of the Week
 
Problem Solving and Communication Activity Series (18 August, 2008)
Get more out of the Problem of the Week (PoW) experience with our new activity series documents. This new series, a standard accompaniment to the Current PoWs, is designed to expand students' problem-solving repertoire. Over the course of the year, we will cover many of the fundamental ways to approach challenging problems. Each strategy will be explored through a document that describes activities to do with students, and examples of student responses that are specific to each problem (FunPoW, PreAlgPoW, AlgPoW, GeoPoW). The problem-specific documents both provide illustrations of the activities and help you anticipate ideas that might come up in your class. The documents will be provided in PDF format.
Non-members may sample documents by first registering a trial account
 
Math Forum Problems of the Week (16 August, 2008)
Our new year of the PoWs begins on Monday, August 18, with problems in Math Fundamentals and Algebra. The Pre-Algebra and Geometry PoWs start on Monday, August 25.
 
NSDL Online Workshops (15 August, 2008)
The Math Forum has been hosting a series of online workshops for teachers who work with students in 5th through 9th grade. Teachers will explore the Math Tools digital library and several software tools that contribute in some way to mathematical understanding, problem solving, reflection and discussion. Applications are now open for:
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning
September 8 - October 20, 2008
Overview ||  Dates for 2008-2009 || Application
Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability
September 8 - October 20, 2008
Overview ||  Dates for 2008-2009 || Application
Online Professional Development Courses (8 August, 2008)
The Math Forum @ Drexel is pleased to announce the fall schedule of online courses moderated by our professional staff:
The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process
led by Suzanne Alejandre
August 28 - October 8
Problem Solving Strategies
led by Stephen Weimar
September 4 - October 15
Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week (PreAlgPoW Focus)
led by Suzanne Alejandre
October 2 - November 12
Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week (FunPoW Focus)
led by Claire Mead
October 9 - November 19
Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra
led by Ellen Clay
October 22 - December 2
Open Source Math Projects panel at MAA's MathFest (2 August, 2008)
Forum Founder Gene Klotz served on the panel "The Role of Open Source Math Projects in the Mathematics Community", at MathFest, the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), July 31-August 2, 2008. Gene reported on the oldest and the newest open source mathematics projects, the oldest being the Math Forum itself, founded in the early 90's just after the World Wide Web made open source projects possible, and the youngest the Math Forum's Math Images project, the beta version of which was launched on Friday, August 1, the day before the panel was held.
 
2008 Materials Development Institute (2 August, 2008)
Eighteen participants joined Math Forum staff at the 2008 Materials Development Institute, a collaborative effort to think deeply about the learning and teaching of algebraic concepts and, also, to help create outlines of other topics that will be used to develop additional online workshops.
 

July

PCMI: Cereal Box (25 July, 2008)
This classroom activity was developed by Beverly Farahani, president-elect for the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education, as part of the Park City Mathematics Institute. View other PCMI Resources for Teachers.
 
GE Foundation Annual Conference (24-27 July, 2008)
Troy Regis and Stephen Weimar presented "The Math Forum @ Drexel and College Readiness" to the math teams from districts supported by GE's Developing Futures program. The presentation was part of the 2008 Developing Futures in Education conference, sponsored by the GE Foundation and the Stamford Public Education Foundation, in Orlando, FL. Troy Regis is Teacher Education and Research Developer at the Math Forum, and Stephen Weimar is the Forum's Director.
 
ETTC INCLUDE Workshop (22 - 28 July, 2008)
Annie Fetter worked with the Camden County ETTC's MATRIX grants to support the implementation of the Geometer's Sketchpad and the Math Forum's Problems of the Week into the existing middle school curricula.
 
Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra (12-24 July, 2008)
This online professional development course is now under way, led by Ellen Clay. Participants will examine specific ways of addressing students' thinking, assisting students in analyzing a problem quantitatively, using mathematical representations, and recognizing generalization in these representations.
 
PCMI Summer 2008 (7 July, 2008)
Suzanne Alejandre and Richard Tchen facilitated the Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP) of the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) for the eighth 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.
 
Temple Partnership Summer Lab School (30 June - 24 July, 2008)
The Math Forum provided professional development and in-class and online support for teachers from four Philadephia K-8 schools with the goal of establishing a community of reflective practice. The Summer Lab School provided an opportunity for a leadership group to gain experience in accountable talk and questioning techniques.
 
Adults Learning Mathematics (30 June - 3 July, 2008)
Stephen Weimar, Director of the Math Forum, gave the plenary "The Math Forum @ Drexel: Mathematical Problem Solving for Adult Learners Online", at the 15th International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics, themed "A Declaration of Numeracy: Empowering Adults through Mathematics Education", June 30th through July 3rd at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
 
The Math Forum @ Drexel and the Drexel Learning Center (23 June - 29 July, 2008)
The Math Forum provided training and support for peer tutors facilitating mathematics supplementary sessions during the Dragon Summer Program. Weekly sessions focused on building student problem-solving strategies knowledge and skills. The goal behind these sessions is to expose the students to the same concepts they learn in Math 100 and Math 110 but within a problem-solving context provided by the Math Forum's Problems of the Week.
 

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