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2012 Mathematics Game (30 December 2011)
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 2012, standard operations, and grouping symbols. Students may start submitting solutions January 1, 2012. Revisit the site after February 1, 2012, to see the first solutions.
2012 T3 International Conference (23 December 2011)
The T3 program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host the annual T3 International Conference in Chicago, March 2-4, 2012. Come network with teachers from across the US and abroad; learn from experienced educators; participate in hands-on and demonstration sessions - and visit the Math Forum's booth! Register before Sunday, 15 January, 2012, to take advantage of the early bird registration discount.
eInstruction Contest Winners (23 December 2011)
The winners of the 5th Annual eInstruction Classroom Makeover Video Contest have been announced. Come check out the winning videos!
Effective Teaching with the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (23 December 2011)
The Math Forum has developed best practices in supporting mathematical thinking and communication exhibited by students participating in the Problems of the Week (PoW), based on mentoring thousands of students' problem-solving and carefully researching what helped students reflect, revise, and learn.
This trio of six week-long courses begins in January and February:
* PoW Class 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
"What Math Means to Me" Art Contest Winners (16 December 2011)
After more than 2,400 entries, 72 finalists, and more than 20,000 votes cast, McGraw-Hill is proud to announce the 12 winners of the My Math "What Math Means To Me" art contest!
Problem Solving Strategies Course (16 December 2011)
Participants in this course will solve challenging middle school and high school algebra, geometry, and probability problems, and develop a supplemental curriculum outline supporting the development of mathematical approaches to problems. We will discuss how to support students developing high levels of competence and sophistication with a wide range of mathematical approaches from "guess and check" to "consider a simpler problem" to "analyze in terms of parity."
To register, please call Tracey Perzan, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 6 pm ET: 215-895-1080 or 1-800-756-7823
Math Forum Orientations (9 December 2011)
We recently opened three freely accessible, self-paced orientations to Math Forum services.
Scholar Search (4 December 2011)
Max Ray presented virtually to students and their families attending the Northwestern University event using our Are you a Math Explorer? page.


Holiday Shopping with The Math Forum (25 November 2011)
Shopping online with or Target this holiday season? Start at, and with one small initial step, you can help sustain the Math Forum. Just bookmark or select our page as a "favorite" in your browser. The next time you start to shop online, first click through the "" or "Target" icons on our page. If you then purchase anything at either site, a little revenue will come our way, at no extra cost to you.
eInstruction Contest Voting Has Begun (11 November 2011)
eInstruction has announced the finalists for each grade category of its 5th Annual Classroom Makeover Video Contest. Come watch the videos - many of them parodies that co-opt lyrics from popular music - and vote to help determine who will win a full technology classroom makeover worth up to $75,000! The Math Forum @ Drexel is a Gold Level Sponsor and each of the three winners will receive a Math Forum Problems of the Week School Membership and three registrations to participate in three of our online courses.
Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics (PCTM) (10 November 2011)
Suzanne Alejandre and Jason Silverman greeted visitors to their booth in the Exhibit Hall and Suzanne also presented at the PCTM conference in State College, Pennsylvania.
2011 Jump$tart National Educator Conference (3 November 2011)
Valerie Klein greeted visitors to her booth in the Exhibit Hall in Washington DC. The information she provided focused on the Math Forum's Financial Education in the Math Classroom project.


Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS) (27 October 2011)
Suzanne and Richard Alejandre greeted folks in the Exhibit Hall and Suzanne also presented at the AMTNYS conference in Rochester, New York.
ATMOPAV Mathematics & Technology Conference (22 October 2011)
Suzanne Alejandre, Annie Fetter, Valerie Klein, Max Ray, and Stephen Weimar presented at the conference held at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference (19 October 2011)
Annie Fetter, Naima Hall, Max Ray, Jason Silverman, Hope Yursa, and Debbie Wile greeted folks in the Exhibit Hall and also presented at the NCTM Regional conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Free Mentoring Opportunities (7 October 2011)
Mentor groups from Oregon, Kentucky, Missouri, and Minnesota will provide feedback to students who submit to problems that open on these dates:
  • FunPoW: October 24, November 7, November 21
  • PreAlgPoW: October 31, November 14
  • AlgPoW: October 10
  • GeoPoW: October 17

Please have your students submit solutions; and if they receive replies from a mentor, encourage them to revise. Not only will your students learn more, but the mentors will learn as well! A free Trial Class Account will give you 21 days of access to Current Problems of the Week and the Problems of the Week Library.

Scholar Search (2 October 2011)
Annie Fetter and Max Ray exhibited at the Boston University event with Max presenting to students and their families using our new Are you a Math Explorer? page.

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