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Math Forum staff are available to lead professional development programs covering a range of topics relating to the teaching and learning of mathematics in the context of online environments and mathematics software. Request more information: here

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Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Online Resources
 
A Field Trip to the Math Forum
In this guided tour of the Math Forum @ Drexel we will visit many online resources available to support math education for teachers and for students. The session will focus on 1) using Problems of the Week to foster communication and problem solving skills, and 2) using Math Tools to find appropriate web-based interactive resources to enhance your math curriculum K-12. You'll also find out how to Ask Dr. Math your mathematical questions, take advantage of a vast library of online math resources, and become part of an online community of math educators.
 
Asking and Answering Good Questions: Online Inquiry as Assessment
The wide range of Math Forum resources, from mentoring programs to interactive software and research materials, enable students and teachers to pursue inquiry. The record of these activities illustrates the development of effective questioning and problem-solving strategies. Learn to find useful technology, pose strong questions, and use non-routine, open-ended problems.
 
Building Teacher Pedagogic Content Knowledge Through Problem Solving
Problem solving is a rich context for professional development that strengthens teachers' pedagogic content knowledge and provides a vehicle for integrating teacher learning into classroom practices. In this session we will examine examples of work done with the Math Forum @ Drexel in its problem solving service.
 
Frustrated by Searching the Internet for Teaching Resources? We Can Help!
The Internet offers a wealth of resources to enhance your teaching and professional development, but its sheer magnitude makes effective searching difficult. With nearly a million pages of cataloged content, the Math Forum helps bring the best of the web into your classroom. Learn to find the resources you want!

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Assessment
 
Asking and Answering Good Questions: Online Inquiry as Assessment
The wide range of Math Forum resources, from mentoring programs to interactive software and research materials, enable students and teachers to pursue inquiry. The record of these activities illustrates the development of effective questioning and problem-solving strategies. Learn to find useful technology, pose strong questions, and use non-routine, open-ended problems.
 
Assessing Mathematical Thinking from Online, Collaborative Problem-solving
Online collaboration to solve non-routine mathematical problems can be a rich source from which students' conceptual strengths and weaknesses can be revealed, and where the unique features of their problem-solving methods can be observed. Learn and discuss with us assessment methods used to analyze the chat records of middle and high school students who have participated in Virtual Math Teams (VMT), a research program of The Math Forum @ Drexel.
 
Assessing Problem Solving Using Constructed-Response Problems
Online problem solving using constructed-response problems can develop students' deep understanding while giving teachers unique insights into their evolving understanding. We will explore problem solving and assessment techniques developed at the Math Forum that are easily integrated into the classroom to supplement and enhance existing curricula.

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Mathematics and Literature
 
Where the Sidewalk Ends and the Technology Starts
In this hands-on workshop we'll explore several effective strategies for using technology to integrate math and literature. Spreadsheets and graphs are useful tools for investigating patterns, functions and large numbers. The Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) provide creative, non-routine challenges which incorporate problem solving and written communication. Math Tools helps you find appropriate web-based interactive resources to enhance the math-literature connection.

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Math Tools
 
Math Forum @ Drexel tPoW: Using Technology to Help Students Solve Problems
Do you teach with one computer, mini-lab, laptop lab, computer lab? Participants work technology problems (tPoWs) modeled after the Math Forum's Problems of the Week, which are paper/pencil activities enhanced by concrete and virtual manipulatives (Java applet, JavaSketchpad, Flash, etc.). Compare the benefits of the different approaches to problem solving.
 
Math Problem Solving with Technology
Technology is a powerful medium for supporting mathematical problem solving. It provides tools that enhance the solving process as well as the communication of results. In this workshop for teachers of grades 3-8, you will learn how commonly available software tools, such as spreadsheet, drawing and web applets, can be used to uncover mathematics, by facilitating visualization and pattern discovery. Participants will be introduced to Math Tools, a free service of The Math Forum for locating appropriate web applets that support problem solving. We will also explore ways of using software and applets to help students communicate their solutions and represent their mathematical thinking effectively in a variety of forms, including pictures and diagrams, tables and graphs, numbers and symbols.
 
Sketchpad and More, Using the Math Tools Digital Library
Implementing new technology requires more than professional development workshops. Explore the Math Tools community digital library for Sketchpad materials and other interactive software to address specific concepts from pre-algebra to calculus. Join a community of practice to find problems, teaching tips, shared lessons, and collaborations with teachers, developers, and researchers.

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Online Professional Networks: Teachers Helping Teachers
 
Ask-Your-Colleagues: The Math Forum Online Teacher2Teacher Service
Teacher2Teacher (T2T) is the Math Forum's resource for teachers and parents who have questions about teaching and learning mathematics. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to find lesson and activity ideas, ask questions, and discuss teaching tips online.

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Pre-service Teachers
 
Online Mentoring Project Prepares Future Teachers to Foster Problem Solvers
We will discuss the Math Forum's Online Mentoring Project, which prepares pre-service teachers to assess and strengthen children's problem solving and communication skills by mentoring submitters to the Problem of the Week. Learn how this program enhances the math education course and motivates both mentors and students.

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Problem-Solving and Writing in the Mathematics Classroom
 
Assessing Problem Solving Using Constructed-Response Problems
Online problem solving using constructed-response problems can develop students' deep understanding while giving teachers unique insights into their evolving understanding. We will explore problem solving and assessment techniques developed at the Math Forum that are easily integrated into the classroom to supplement and enhance existing curricula.
 
Building Teacher Pedagogic Content Knowledge Through Problem Solving
Problem solving is a rich context for professional development that strengthens teachers' pedagogic content knowledge and provides a vehicle for integrating teacher learning into classroom practices. In this session we will examine examples of work done with the Math Forum @ Drexel in its problem solving service.
 
Problems of the Week at The Math Forum
The Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) are designed to provide creative, non-routine challenges for students in grades three through high school geometry and algebra. Problem solving and mathematical communication are key elements of every problem. In this session participants will learn how this service can support and enrich the math curriculum and how to navigate through the PoW process. They will solve some challenging problems from the Math Forum archives.

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