
Mathematics Communication through the Internet Middle School Problem of the Week Judy Ann Brown judyann@mathforum.org 
Problems of the Week  http://mathforum.org/pow/
The Problems of the Week are designed to challenge students with nonroutine problems and to encourage them to clearly communicate their solutions. There are Elementary, Middle School, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry & Calculus, and Discrete Mathematics Problems of the Week. The Problem of the week is a mentored environment in which students submit solutions to a math challenge. Each submission is responded to by a mentor.
Middle School Problem Schedule  http://mathforum.org/midpow/calendar.ehtml
The schedule for each problem includes a preview period, 8 days for student submissions, 3 additional days for revisions, a posting of sample solutions and the complete solution archive.
In the archives you will find a wealth of problems. For each problem there are highlighted student solutions which show different approaches for solving the problem. Comments from the mentors which often discuss common "pitfalls" in solving the particular problem. The archive can be searched to find problems with a specific content.
Teacher Accounts  http://mathforum.org/midpow/teacher
Teachers using the Problems of the Week in a classroom can request an office account to access information on the status of their students' submissions, including names, class, date of last post, number of submissions, number correct, bonus points and total points. An example of a teacher's view is shown below.
Name  Class  Last Post  Submissions  Correct  Bonus  Points  
[view]  Stephanie Abott  1st Period Mr. Jones  03/11/00  3  2  1  2.5 
[view]  Ronald Jones  3rd Period Mrs. Stone  03/06/00  4  4  3  5.5 
[view]  Javiel Peterson  4th Period Ms. Anderson  02/28/00  2  2  1  2.5 
[view]  The Magnificent Multiples  Mr. Jones 1st Period  02/10/00  6  3  1  3.5 
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