Using Online Mentoring to Enhance Skills of Preservice Teachers

Jeanne Fitzgerald [] and Lisa Lavelle []

NCTM's 79th Annual Meeting
Math World: New Standards for the New Millennium
Orange County Convention Center - Orlando, Florida
Saturday, April 7th, 2001

Math Forum || Student Center || Teachers' Place _________________________________

This presentation focuses on mentoring in the Math Forum's Problems of the Week.
Since teaching and communicating mathematics improve with active participation, preservice teachers and others can benefit from involvement in guided online mentoring. To learn more about the Problems of the Week and about how to experience mentoring, you are encouraged to return to this page and explore on your own.

The Math Forum's Problems of the Week are designed to provide creative, non-routine challenges for students in grades three through twelve in a mentored environment. Problem solving and mathematical communication are key elements of every problem.

There are six different problems offered each week:



Middle School




Discrete Math


Trig & Calculus

Mentoring is a part of each of the Problems of the Week, and can be done by individuals or groups. Training includes an online course as well as supervised mentoring. To register, visit the Problems of the Week page and follow the appropriate link to the Mentor Project.

By participating in the complete mentoring model, preservice teachers have improved problem-solving, problem-creation, assessment, and communication skills.

We encourage you to help your preservice teachers explore the teacher resources available through the Math Forum.

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