Asking and Answering Good Questions: Online Inquiry as Assessment

NCTM St. Louis, April 28, 2006
Steve Risberg, The Math Forum @ Drexel
riz@mathforum.org
http://mathforum.org/workshops/nctm2006/goodquestions.html


Inquiry is the lifeblood of the classroom. Teachers pose questions that engage and challenge students, who in turn ask questions of their own as they enter new territory through exploration and discovery. The asking and answering of good questions not only promotes effective and exciting learning, it also provides opportunities for non-standard assessment of student work and achievement.

The wide range of Math Forum resources, including research materials, interactive software, and mentoring programs, enable teachers and students to pursue inquiry and develop effective questioning and problem-solving strategies. In this session you will be introduced to the Math Forum website and explore the resources and services that can help you find useful technology, pose strong questions, and use non-routine, open-ended problems.


Math Forum Home Page
Our main services are linked directly from this page. They can also be found, along with other related services, by using the tabs at the top of the page.

Ask Dr. Math
One of our most widely known and used services, Ask Dr. Math is an ask-an-expert program in which math questions at all levels are submitted to our volunteer doctors. A searchable archive of questions and answers is catalogued by course level and topic, and there are special sections for Selected Answers, Classic Problems and Frequently Asked Questions.

Math Tools
Math Tools is a community library of technology tools, lessons, activities, and support materials for teaching and learning mathematics. Fully catalogued by course, topic, resource, and technology type, Math Tools provides one-stop convenience to help you find interesting and useful materials for your classroom and students.

Problems of the Week
Every two weeks, we post non-routine, open-ended problems in Elementary, Middle School, Geometry, and Algebra topics. Emphasis is placed both on a clear and complete explanation of the work as well as the mathematical problem-solving itself. Access to the current problems requires purchasing a membership, and mentoring of student work by Math Forum staff is available for an additional fee. We also offer access to all the problems we've used in the past through our Active Problems Library. Finally, we host links to other problems on the Internet, including our own Technology Problem of the Week.

Teacher2Teacher
Similar to Ask Dr. Math but intended for pedagogical and educational questions and discussions about teaching math rather than pure math questions, Teacher2Teacher features Frequently Asked Questions, discussions archived by grade level and topic, and a Teacher's Lounge where the most current discussions take place.

Internet Math Library
Tired of searching Google for math and math education topics and getting thousands of returns? Our Internet Math Library makes searching easy by cataloguing mathematical web sites by topic, resource type, and educational level. Browse the table of contents or use our search to find content easily. Know of a good math web site? You can suggest a link for inclusion in the library.

Discussions
Want to talk about math? Read, post, browse, search, and subscribe to dozens of discussions, covering such topics as AP courses and Investigations curricula, math history, policy and news, professional teaching associations, Spanish puzzles, software, and more.

Math Forum Internet News
An electronic newsletter we send once a week via email which includes such topics as suggestions of good sites to visit for mathematics and math education, and tips on what we have at the Math Forum and how to find it. It's easy to subscribe or unsubscribe if you change your mind.

The Math Forum offers a wide variety of services and resources which will help you and your students both ask and answer good questions. Come help us build and sustain a worldwide community of individuals who share a passion for math and math education.