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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, April 9 - 12, 2003
"Building Mathematical Communities"

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Math Forum || Booth #531 Information
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You are invited to join us at the Math Forum booth (531) or sessions. We hope to see you there.

Session 17
Connecting Schools to Local and Global Communities using Online Mentoring
Session 823
Success with Online Learning: Engaging with the Math Forum Community
Session 1154
Developing Teachers' Skills through Online Mentoring Services
Connecting Schools to Local and Global Communities using Online Mentoring
Kristina Lasher & Annie Fetter -- kristina@mathforum.org & annie@mathforum.org Thursday, April 10, 2003
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Session 17
Room 202 A (Convention Center)
Grade Level: 3 - 13+
Regular Session


Kristina Lasher and Annie Fetter
Goals:
Participants will be introduced to:
-an overview of research results from the Math Forum's mentoring services
-examples of student-mentor and teacher-teacher interactions from the Math Forum Problems of the Week, Ask Dr. Math, and Teacher2Teacher
-geographically-based programs that use Math Forum mentoring services to enhance student learning, support local standards, and provide teachers with resources
Participants will also discuss ways their own schools can benefit from customizing online services.

Description
Students and teachers worldwide benefit from interactions with others around mathematical and pedagogical questions as well as challenging math problems. Learn how schools and individuals are using the Math Forum's services to support their local standards, assessments, and curricula, and how similar services are being instituted on a local basis.

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Success with Online Learning: Engaging with the Math Forum Community
Stephen Weimar & Suzanne Alejandre -- steve@mathforum.org & suzanne@mathforum.org
Friday, April 11, 2003
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session 823
Room 210 B (Convention Center)
Grade Level: 3 - 12
Regular Session

Goals:
The speaker will present research findings and anecdotal experiences of teachers using Math Forum services with their students including:
- Ask Dr. Math archives to enhance student learning
- Problems Library as a resource of rich problem solving activities
- Problems of the Week as a supplement to the standard curriculum
- Teacher Exchange lessons to support other content lessons
Teachers also share the professional development experiences they have had by participating in:
- Teacher2Teacher
- BRAP (Bridging Research and Practice)
- ESCOT (Educational Software Components of Tomorrow)

Description
Classroom teachers use the Math Forum's Internet services in different ways to promote their students' learning and further their own professional development. Problems of the Week, Teacher2Teacher, Ask Dr. Math, Discussions, Math Internet Library are among the many resources that teachers have used to connect to the mathematical community.

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Developing Teachers' Skills through Online Mentoring Services - download the PDF file
Lisa Lavelle -- lisa@mathforum.org
Saturday, April 12, 2003
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 1154
Room 101 A (Convention Center)
Grade Level: 13+
Regular Session

Goals:
The speaker will present a model of online mentoring, with possible variations, and share anecdotal experiences of preservice educators and their students who have used the model. Participants will be introduced to:

- the 'full' mentoring model using the Math Forum Problems of the Week, which includes problem development and 'live' mentoring of students
- scaled-down variations of the model that have been implemented
- suggestions for incorporating online mentoring opportunities in the preservice or professional development class
Participants will discuss issues concerning implementation of the model in their classrooms (online mentoring participants will be present to share insights and answer questions).

Description:
Interactions in the classroom take place very quickly, making it challenging to thoroughly consider and reflect on mathematical communication. Online mentoring services provide an asynchronous environment which gives preservice educators, their students, and other teaching professionals the time to develop and enhance their teaching skills.

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