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Problems of the Week (22 August 2014)
The Problems of the Week (PoWs) have kicked off for the 2014-2015 academic year! We've recently changed some of the prompts and buttons that greet students as they submit their ideas online. In the words of one of our PoW teachers, this update "relays to students that we're committed to the idea-feedback-revision cycle that can help move student learning forward."
 
EnCoMPASS Summer Institute (9 August 2014)
These pages include agendas, photos, and other details from the second Summer Institute for the EnCoMPASS project held in Philadelphia, PA, August 4-8.
 
Ignite Talks (1 August 2014)
The five minute-long clips of the Ignite speakers from NCSM in New Orleans last April are now available for viewing!
 
Park City Mathematics Institute, Summer 2014 (18 July 2014)
The 2014 Summer Session of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) concludes today in Utah. More than sixty teachers from around the US participated in PCMI's three week-long Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP), which consisted of three strands:
      Math Course: Fractions, tilings, and geometry
      Reflecting on Practice: Productive Discussions
      Working Groups that focused on an activity related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics or to related state standards
 
Brandenburg's Recommended Math Books (27 June 2014)
Looking for some good summer reading? Check out Brandenburg's book list, organized into math and science sub-topics, and annotated with capsule reviews and reading level ratings. Guy Brandenburg used to assign his 8th and 9th grade algebra and geometry students to read two of these books each year, and then write reports on them.
 
Summer Problems of the Week (20 June 2014)
While we get ready for another series of Problems of the Week (PoWs) starting at the end of August, we'll scale back our responses. But every two weeks from now until then, the Math Forum will continue to post challenging open-response math problems and accept solutions to them.
 
Problem of the Week Certificates (13 June 2014)
We have just posted students' solutions and mentors' commentary for the last Problems of the Week (PoWs) of the 2013-2014 academic year. To honor your Mathematical Wordsmiths, Deep Conceptual Thinkers, Superb Strategists, and other kinds of great problem-solvers, help yourself to our PoW certificates of participation. Suggested to us by a teacher member, these free PDFs have blank spaces for student names, and make snazzy hand-outs for your end-of-the-year ceremonies.
 
EMC: June 4 (5 June 2014)
The results and photos from each of the four events are posted on this page. In addition, find a link to the Closing Ceremony to view an overview of the year's four events.
 
ABC Channel 6 (4 June 2014)
A camera crew captured some of the action during the fourth and final event of the pilot year of our Philadelphia Engineering/Math Challenge.
 
Developing Powerful Problem Solvers (25 April 2014)
Come join us for our newest online course! Developing Powerful Problem Solvers will kick off Thursday, 1 May, for teachers of grades 3-8. This moderated course will make use of our book, Powerful Problem Solving, and the growing collection of classroom videos, student handouts, and resources from its companion website:
http://mathforum.org/pps/
Led by author Max Ray, we'll read a chapter of his book each week, watch selected video clips, and look at student work. Check the outline for how the 20 hours of expected seat-work break down, then register here:
http://mathforum.org/pd/pps/register.html
All individuals who successfully complete this online course will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed 20 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
 
Meet the Math Forum Staff: NCSM Booth 313, NCTM Booth 1711 (4 April 2014)
Come meet the people behind the Math Forum at the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) or the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Swing by NCSM booth 313 or NCTM booth 1711 in New Orleans and talk to
    Max about his book, Powerful Problem Solving
    Suzanne about how to Unsilence Students' Voices
    Steve about the significance of Concept, Method, Procedure
    Annie about how "I Notice, I Wonder"™ engages all students
 
The Math Forum Presents at NCTM (28 March 2014)
Math Forum staff will present four sessions in New Orleans at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual conference:
Monday, April 7, 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM (Research Session 5)
Jason Silverman
Describing vs. Deducing: Characterizing Teachers' Analysis of Student Work
Tuesday, April 8, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM (Research Session 79)
Annie Fetter - @MFAnnie
Colleagues 2.0: The MathTwitterBlogoSphere and Mathematics Teachers' Professional Learning
Thursday, April 10, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Session 8)
Suzanne Alejandre - @sumaczanne
Unsilence Students' Voices
Saturday, April 12, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Session 573)
Annie Fetter- @MFAnnie and Debbie Wile - @debwile
Sense Making? Aren't We Already Doing That in Literacy?
Ignite! (28 March 2014)
Ignite talks return this year, as a joint collaboration between the Forum and NCSM. Wednesday afternoon at NCSM session 366, each of our featured speakers will show what makes them passionate mathematical educators, as 20 PowerPoint slides auto-advance every 15 seconds ... whether they are ready or not!
    Christopher Danielson
    Rafranz Davis
    Sadie Estrella
    Annie Fetter
    Linda Fulmore
    Lani Horn
    Justin Lanier
    Steve Leinwand
    Harshil Parikh
    Max Ray
New to Ignite's five minute-long format? Check out videos of our breathless, impassioned talks from conferences past:
http://mathforum.org/math_talk_landing_ignite.html
 
The Math Forum Presents at NCSM (28 March 2014)
Math Forum staff will present two sessions in New Orleans at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) annual conference:
Monday, April 7, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (Session 139)
Annie Fetter - @MFAnnie
Sense Making? Aren't We Already Doing That in Literacy?
Monday, April 7, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (Session 163)
Max Ray - @maxmathforum
Does That Make Sense in the Story? Front-loading Formative Assessment During Problem Solving
Press Release (12 March 2014)
Philadelphia Engineering and Math Challenge: Celebrating a Year of Successful Stem Engagement
 
Get Ready for Pi Day (28 February 2014)
Got plans for March 14th? Before Pi Day rolls around, check out the Forum's Teacher2Teacher FAQ for Problems of the Week, Ask Dr. Math conversations, book suggestions, and other web resources on the theme.
 
Register for TwitterMathCamp 2014 (21 February 2014)
Tomorrow, registration for TwitterMathCamp (TMC) 2014 opens to the general public. This "guerrilla professional development for math teachers" nearly tripled in attendance from its first year to its second, which took place on the campus of Drexel University - the Math Forum's home. This year, TMC will take place the last long weekend of July in Jenks, Oklahoma. For the complete schedule and session descriptions, view: http://www.twittermathcamp.com/tmc14-program/.
 
Free Mentoring Opportunity (14 February 2014)
We have mentor groups from Missouri and Pennsylvania giving students feedback on three of the next four Math Fundamentals Problems of the Week - starting with "A Million in Time," now in preview, through the FunPoW that opens Monday, 31 March.
 
Philadelphia Engineering/Math Challenge (29 January 2014)
The second of four scheduled events took place today on Drexel University's campus. View the team pages: http://mathforum.org/emc/teams.html.
 
Speak at Twitter Math Camp 2014 (3 January 2014)
The free event that has reinvigorated math teachers in St. Louis and Philadelphia - and across the Twitterverse - is now seeking topics and speakers for its next summer gathering. A shared, editable document for the presentations at Twitter Math Camp 2014 (TMC14) is open for your suggestions: http://bit.ly/TMC14-1.
 
100th Day of School (2 January 2014)
In the coming weeks, many students will be attending school for the 100th day this school year. The 100th Day can be a lot of fun - and a teachable moment! Counting up to 100 for the 100th day of school gives teachers many special opportunities to investigate place value. The discussions and links to Web resources found in the FAQ provide many ideas to make your 100th Day a memorable experience for your students.
 
2014 Mathematics Game (1 January 2014)
The Math Forum's Year Game puzzle has returned for an eighteenth year! Come challenge your students to write expressions for each of the counting numbers 1 through 100 using
   the digits in 2014
   standard operations
   grouping symbols
 

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