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"What Math Means to Me" Art Contest (23 September 2011)
Put your students' artwork on the cover of McGraw-Hill's latest math program, and your class could win nearly $15,000 in classroom resources — including a Math Forum Problems of the Week class account! The "What Math Means to Me" Art Contest ends Saturday, October 29.
New Current Problem of the Week: Primary PoWs (23 September 2011)
Thanks in part to feedback on our online summer survey and a bump in interest from teachers calling in, we've decided to roll out a fifth current Problem of the Week service! This launch means that, by the end of the 2011-2012 school year, current PoW members will enjoy access to a grand total of 100 PoWs - all still for only $25.
eInstruction Contest (9 September 2011)
The 5th Annual eInstruction Classroom Makeover Video Contest has begun. Submit your own music video for a chance to win a $75,000 classroom-technology makeover! In addition to the grand prize, participating K-12 students and teachers can also win a package valued at $2,840 from the Math Forum, consisting of a Problems of the Week School Membership and three registrations in our online courses:
* PoW Membership: Resources & Strategies for Effective Implementation
* Learning from Student Work: Make the Most of Your PoW Membership
* Mentor Your Own: Supporting Strong Development of Mathematical Practices


Delaware State University's SMILE Project (26 August 2011)
Max Ray and Suzanne Alejandre are working again this year with Dr. Mazen Shahin helping to train the Peer Leaders participating in the SMILE Project.
New Samples of PoWs (26 August 2011)
Freely download a Primary Problem of the Week (K-2), Math Fundamentals PoW (3-5), Pre-Algebra PoW (6-8), Algebra PoW, or Geometry PoW. Accompanying sample support materials include
  • Teacher Packets, for the "answer check," a range of solutions written by the Math Forum, tips about how to introduce the problem to students, and ideas about how to move students forward
  • Scoring Rubrics, for assessing your students' solutions with our six-category scoring grid
  • Scenarios, for a version of the problem set-up without the question - a good way to introduce the PoWs in your classroom and have students focus on the story of the problem
Math Tools - Mobile Devices (19 August 2011)
The Math Forum's Math Tools site now includes tools, activities, lesson plans, tPoWs, and support material for Android phones, iPads, iPhones, and other mobile devices.
Problems of the Week Blog (5 August 2011)
Every week, the Math Forum staff gets together in our conference room to talk about math. We call these meetings "Math Mondays" ... even if they don't always occur on a Monday! During Math Mondays, we vet problems and resources, learn about new math and problem-solving strategies, look at how students have solved problems, and think up mathematical questions. With this latest blog of ours, we invite you to sit in on Math Mondays - no membership required. Come read and comment on free problem scenarios "in search of questions," student work that inspires us, and other interesting mathematics that we post on the PoW blog.


Math Forum Staff Blogs (20 July 2011)
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