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December

Math Forum Online PD Courses (27 December 2013)
Our next professional development courses start soon:
   Problem Solving Strategies
   Making Sense of School Mathematics
   Mentor Your Own: Supporting Strong Development of Mathematical Practices
   Learning from Student Work: Make the Most of Your PoW Membership
Registrations begin closing Thursday, 2 January, 2014.
 
Apply for IAS/PCMI Summer 2014 (13 December 2013)
A program of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), PCMI has just begun accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Session of the IAS/PCMI Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP). Participating teachers receive full support and a stipend during this residential program, which takes place in Park City, Utah, from June 29 - July 19, 2014. Six quarter-credits of 400-level mathematics are available from the University of Washington. Beyond the mathematical foci on fractions, tilings, and geometry, SSTP participants will also consider research about productive discussions and reflect upon how to facilitate them. Learn more about the SSTP by visiting: http://pcmi.ias.edu/program-sstp/.
 

November

Holiday Shopping with the Math Forum (29 November 2013)
Shopping online with Amazon.com or Target this holiday season? Start at mathforum.org, and with one small initial step, you can help sustain the Math Forum. Just bookmark or select this page as a "favorite" in your browser. The next time you start to shop online, first click through its "amazon.com" or "Target" icons. If you then purchase anything at either site, a little revenue will come our way, at no extra cost to you. In addition to our four Ask Dr. Math books, Amazon.com carries our newest publication, Powerful Problem Solving.
 
Philadelphia Engineering/Math Challenge (20 November 2013)
Teams of eight (8) students in grades 8-12 from Philadelphia public schools work with math teachers at their schools and mentors from Drexel University to:
  • design creative solutions to engineering challenges
  • create short videos that include math modeling questions about the real world
  • present written and oral responses to open-ended mathematics problems, and
  • compete head-to-head in a math quiz bowl round.
 
2014 Mathematics Game (15 November 2013)
Gearing up for an eighteenth year, the Math Forum's Year Game puzzle returns this January. We'll be looking for students to write expressions for each of the counting numbers 1 through 100 using
      the digits in 2014
      standard operations
      grouping symbols
Come preview this year's complete rules, worksheet, and manipulatives now. Starting Wednesday, 1 January, 2014, students may submit solutions, which we'll start displaying 1 February.
 

October

Financial Education Problems of the Week (5 October 2013)
We recently posted free Problems of the Week (PoWs) for financial education - one PDF for each grade K-12, all aligned to both the Council for Economic Education (CEE) and Jump$tart national financial literacy standards, as well as to the content and mathematical practices of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The California Department of Education has included these Financial Education PoWs in its Mathematics Framework.
 
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional Conference (5 October 2013)
Suzanne Alejandre Annie Fetter, Max Ray, and Steve Weimar will greet folks in the Exhibit Hall (Booth 112) and also present at the NCTM Regional conference in Baltimore, Maryland, October 16-18, 2013.
 
Powerful Problem Solving (4 October 2013)
Suzanne Alejandre presented two workshop sessions to the teachers of the Gibraltar Area School District. Part A was designed to be self-directed online activities with peer discussions. Part B (K-3) / Part B (4-12) were activities and discussions led by Suzanne. At the end of the day all of the participants reassembled to discuss next steps and to complete the online workshop evaluation.
 

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