• 04/28/2016 8:27 AM | Anonymous

    It is not often that we have the opportunity to hear a former NCTM President speak in Connecticut, but on the evening of Thursday May 12 from 4:30-8:00 at the Baci Grill in Cromwell former NCTM president and CSDE Math Consultant Mari Muri will be the featured speaker at the annual Connecticut Council of Leaders of Mathematics (CCLM) spring dinner.   That alone may be reason enough to make this a "can't miss" event, but here are some additional reasons to join us on May 12:

    • Get an update on the latest news from the CSDE and CCLM leadership on mathematics education in Connecticut
    • Join in our always stimulating table discussions - tables will be organized by level (elementary, middle, high, and central office) with each table member being asked to share something you did this year that was highly successful with your table mates (you may if you wish bring 8-10 handouts for them)
    • Network with other mathematics educators from around the state

    The CCLM Board of Directors has agreed to subsidize part of the cost of the buffet dinner, so your cost for this event will only be $45 (or $35 if you attended one of our two previous events from the current school year).  Email John Keogh ( by Thursday May 5 to reserve your place at this exciting event.

    The CCLM Board of Directors

  • 02/28/2016 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    Introducing Illuminations' newest app

    NCTM KenKen 

    241 FREE puzzles of the variety that America's puzzlemaster, Will Shortz, calls, 

    “the most addictive puzzle since Sudoku!” 

    Download the ad-free, classroom-friendly app today!


    Need a lesson plan?

    We've got you covered! Visit

  • 02/26/2016 3:36 PM | Anonymous


    Calling all Mathletes


    Dear Educators, 

    It is our great pleasure to invite your students to the 15th semiannual Noetic Learning Math Contesta national problem-solving contest. The goal of the contest is to increase students' interest in mathematics and develop their problem solving skills.  

    In the past 7 years, Noetic Learning Math Contest has served hundreds of thousands of  elementary and middle school students nationwide. Look at our growth chart below. We are thrilled to see so many teams getting involved in the contest and eager to work on challenging math questions.  

    There is nothing more rewarding than knowing our program is stimulating students interest in math!

    Noetic Learning Math Contest Overview: 

    For: Students in grades 2 - 8   


    • Contest Date: April 7 - 21, 2016
    • Registration Deadline: March 11, 2016 

    Contest Format:

    • Students will solve 20 math problems within 45 minutes.
    • Students will solve the problems individually. No calculators allowed.
    • The contest will be held at your school and will be administered and graded by the registered teachers.


    • Individual Awards:
    • National Honor Roll medals for the top 10% of all participants in each grade.
    • Team Winner medals for the top scorer in each team.
    • Honorable Mention certificates for the top 50% of all participants in each grade.
    • Name recogonition on our website for the top 50% of all participants in each grade.
    • Participation Certificates for all participants.
    • Team Awards:
    • Team Achievement Plaques for the top 10% of teams in each grade. 

    To see the winners of our last contest, click  here. 


    The Noetic Learning Math Contest Scores Big With Teachers!

    • Works specifically on math problem-solving skills.
    • Helps to increase standardized math test scores.
    • Sends a positive message: It's COOL to be good at math!

    What Teachers Are Saying:

    "This experience is so good for my students. I love hearing them share various problem solving strategies as we’ve gone back over the test. Thank you for making the contest available!" 
    - Ms. Fieleke, Creekmoor Elementary, MO 

    "My students loved the contest. My students wanted me to give them more problems the next day." 
    - Jennifer M., Cross Creek Elementary, GA 

    "Yes, I did enjoy the contest and so did each of the students on the team! The contest was simple to register for and had easy access to the materials needed to administer the test. The medals were amazing! I was so thrilled to hand these out as well. Thank you for putting together this great opportunity for students! " 
    - Michelle C., BigHollow School,IL 

    Don't miss this exciting opportunity! To register your students, please visit: 


    Li Kelty 

    Noetic Learning

    P.S. Please forward this email to your colleagues who may also be interested.






  • 02/26/2016 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    Engaging Learners With Feedback and Collaborative Learning Environments

    Responsive and creative use of technology is a powerful way to improve curriculum and assessment outcomes for students. But how do you successfully apply this technology to drive better learning and innovation in the classroom?

    In this webinar, we will take a look at recent practices and research on the use of technology, including newer tools such as Skype in the classroom and Minecraft that will support teachers in effective integration of curricula and assessment in classrooms. We will discuss how you can leverage technology to engage your students and develop student-centered curriculum that will ensure they develop their innovation, creativity, and 21st century skills through deep learning. Specifically, we will review how you can use technology to do the following:

    • Connect and engage learners,
    • Personalize instruction,
    • Support student collaboration, and
    • Use problem-based learning to drive greater understanding.


    Kristen DeBruler, researcher, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, Michigan Virtual University

    Joseph Freidhoff, vice president of research, policy & professional learning, Michigan Virtual University

    Kathryn Kennedy, assistant director, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, Michigan Virtual University

    This webinar will be moderated by Cathy Cavanaugh, director of teaching and learning, Worldwide Education, Microsoft

    Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

    Can't attend? All Education Week webinars are archived and accessible "on demand" for up to four months after the original live-streaming date.

  • 02/26/2016 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    The GISCT is organizing two GeoGebra workshops for spring 2016..

    Workshop 1: Introduction to GeoGebra – For beginners

    No Pre-requisite is required

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    Time: 1:30 – 4:30p.m.

    Registration Fee: $15

    Number of participants is limited to 15.


    Workshop 2: Workshop for Intermediate users – Algebra and Geometry

    Pre-requisite: Basis knowledge of  GeoGebra will be assumed

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    Time: 1:30 – 4:30p.m.

    Registration Fee: $15

    Number of participants is limited to 15.


    For registration, click here

  • 02/07/2016 11:24 AM | Anonymous

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    Design a CCSS-Aligned Math Lesson Today
    Try the first module of the Lesson Planning Tool for Math

    The Lesson Planning Tool for Math will help you design a Common Core-aligned math lesson -- whether you’re building a lesson from scratch or improving what you have.

    Module 1 guides you through some of the most critical questions to consider when setting up a lesson that reflects the Common Core Shifts. Does the lesson fit into a coherent progression of math instruction? Are there clearly articulated learning goals? Does the lesson have built-in structures for checking if students understand the content?

    Each prompt includes an “Examples and Support” section with helpful definitions, guidance, and free tools and resources.

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  • 02/03/2016 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    What's New


    Grade 6 curriculum development is in full swing! Our team has been in deep thinking mode including discussions about rate vs. ratio and representations for ratios and proportional relationships. Here is a collection of tasks that progress through some of the representations we have been considering. Check them out, and sign in to the website in the upper right corner to leave comments about what you think!
    Representing a Context with a Ratio - pictures
    Constant Speed - tape diagrams
    Same and Different - number lines
    Equivalent Ratios - ratio tables


    PD Corner


    Illustrative Mathematics is partnering with MSRI and the National Math Festival to bring you this spring's Virtual Lecture Series. This Series will feature video from the Festival as well as four promonent speakers joining us live to share new ideas and discuss topics around our theme:
    Speaking of Mathematics Education: Productive Conversations with Families

    Our speakers are: 

    1.     February 25, 2016 Bill McCallum, President and CEO Illustrative Mathematics and University of Arizona Distinguished Professor on leave, "Standards and Curriculum: What's the difference?”

    2.     March 24, 2016 Suzanne Wilson, Neag Endowed Professor of Education, University of Connecticut “How can we learn from the history of efforts to improve U. S. mathematics education?

    3.     April 28, 2016 Deborah Ball Dean, School of Education, University of Michigan"The Mathematical Work of Teaching"

    4.     May 19, 2016 Peggy Brookins, President and CEO NBPTS and Mathematics Instructor,  "Educating All Students"

    The series is available for half the usual price at the Illustrative Mathematics Store


    A Task to Ponder



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  • 01/29/2016 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Dear MoMath friends,

    Unique gift idea: Print your own Mathaeneum designed sculpture!  Turn your mathematical designs into three-dimensional reality.  Email for more information.

    MoMath at a Glance  
    Mon, Feb 1 Exploding DotsTeacher Professional Development workshop
    Mon, Feb 1 Global Math Project kickoff meeting: all welcome
    Wed, Feb 3 Math Encounters: "Life is Beautiful: The Startling Consequences of Three Simple Rules" with Bob Bosch
    Thu, Feb 4 Unbounded: An Evening of Mathematical Mystique
    Mon, Feb 15 Meet the Author! MoMath welcomes Rod Kimball, creator of Path Puzzles
    Tue, Feb 23 2016 MoMath Masters Tournament
    Thu, Feb 25 Volumes: the MoMath book club 
    Fri, Feb 26 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Coloring Outside the Sines"
    Wed, Mar 2 Math Encounters: "Mathematical Magic: the Two-Way Street between Math and Illusion" with Erik Demaine: Special Fifth Anniversary edition
    Thu, Mar 3 Math on the High Seas with Rich Wilson
    Wed, Mar 9 Harmonic Series "Sam Zygmuntowicz: The Math, Science, and Art of Violin Making" 
    Sun, Mar 13 Happy Pi Day with MoMath!
    Thu, Mar 24 Volumes, the MoMath book club
    Fri, Mar 25 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: "Spiraling into Art and Nature"
    Coming this spring The Insides of Things: the art of Miguel Berrocal

    Have you tried out for Varsity Math yet?  Get your weekly puzzle fix from MoMath in the Wall Street Journal every Saturday, or check out and

    College students: become a MoMath intern!
    Now accepting applications for summer

    Share your love of math with others!  MoMath is now accepting applications for summer internships for current college students.  Improve your interpersonal and communication skills, explore mathematical concepts, and learn valuable job skills.  See more at  Please note that internships are unpaid.

    High school students: Intern at MoMath on weekends this spring!
    Last chance: This spring, high school students with a love of math can become a part of MoMath!  Gain valuable experience while helping others, and add something unique to your college applications. Applications for Spring 2016 high school internships are now available at and will be accepted through the end of January. 

    Exploding Dots: Teacher Professional Development workshop
    Monday, February 1, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
    James Tanton returns to MoMath!   Math educators, sign up now to join James on Monday, February 1 as he shares his innovative Exploding Dots curriculum, and see how this astoundingly simple idea can revolutionize K-12 arithmetic and algebraic thinking and teaching.  Bring an extra pair of socks with you, as this workshop will knock your first pair right off! Space is limited -- register now at

    Global Math Project kickoff meeting: all welcome
    Monday, February 1, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Want to share the joy of math with the world?  MoMath is teaming up with The Global Math Project to build a series of synchronized, annual online global events — Global Math Weeks — for teachers and their students, community groups, families, and individuals worldwide.  The Global Math Project aims to reach and thrill one million people with an engaging piece of mathematics during one special week in 2017.  Come meet founding team member Dr. James Tanton and learn more about this exciting new initiative and how you can get involved. Refreshments will be served. Register at

    Math Encounters: “Life is Beautiful: The Startling Consequences of Three Simple Rules” with Bob Bosch
    Wednesday, February 3, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
    Enter the world of cellular automata! Popularized by Martin Gardner in the 1970s and adored by students, teachers, and enthusiasts of mathematics and computer science ever since, John Conway's Game of Life has been called the world's most fascinating one-player game. Though the rules for Life are extremely simple, the behavior of the game — exactly how a starting configuration will change over time — is impossible to fully predict. Mathematician and artist Bob Bosch will initiate us into the unexpected complexities of this early venture into the world of artificial "life."  Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation. Register at

    Unbounded: An Evening of Mathemagical Mystique
    Friday, January 22, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    21+ (ID required)

    Fall in love with Unbounded!  Join us for MoMath's version of Happy Hour on Thursday, February 4, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and experience the wonder of math firsthand.  Explore the Museum with friends, make new friends, and enjoy a live demonstration of the math of mutual choice.  Plus, don't forget to register for Irrationality, a unique, exclusive magical experience — limited tickets available, so don't delay!  And everyone receives the first drink free with admission.  Register at

    Meet the Author! Rod Kimball, author of Path Puzzles 
    Monday, February 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Rod Kimball, author of Path Puzzles and former MoMath employee, will be signing copies of his book at MoMath on Monday, February 15 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Learn about path puzzles from their creator and get an autographed copy. If you like Sudoku or Ken Ken but you're ready for something new, you're going to love Path Puzzles. Rod has made puzzles for Games Magazine, Reader's Digest Canada, The National Museum of Mathematics, the Unemployed Philosopher's Guild, and NPRs 'Ask Me Another'.  These days, Rod tours the world juggling with the Flying Karamazov Brothers, but he's never forgotten his love of math. 

    MoMath Masters
    Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 pm
    Tribeca Rooftop

    Join MoMath for the 2016 MoMath Masters Tournament, the exciting annual competition and charitable fundraiser.  Do you have what it takes to be a MoMath Master?  Get your thinking caps on for this fun-filled night, from the entertaining cocktail round right through to the challenging and suspenseful finals.  Will Shortz returns as this year's host — but who will win?  Space is limited, so reserve your seats now at

    Volumes: the MoMath book club
    Thursday, February 25, 6:00 pm
    Volumes, the MoMath book club, now includes the opportunity to mingle and meet other participants over coffee, tea, and cookies. Last month's discussion was animated and thought-provoking with participants exchanging sometimes conflicting ideas in a congenial atmosphere.  This month's selection is The Silicon Jungle: A Novel of Deception, Power, and Internet Intrigueby Shumeet Baluja.  We expect that the discussion on the topic of data mining will be equally engaging.  No prior math or science background is necessary. Register at

    Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Coloring Outside the Sines”
    Friday, February 26, 6:30 pm

    Coloring meets mathematics!  Start with a series of delightful images and explore their details and patterns through coloring. Then learn about the mathematical ideas used to construct them: from the incredible structure of four dimensions to seven-fold Venn diagrams, you'll be surprised how much you can learn simply by putting colored pencils to paper. Join mathematician and artist Edmund Harriss as he shares some of his favorite images from Patterns of the Universe, the stunning new coloring book he recently published with British writer and broadcaster Alex Bellos. This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds campaign. For more information and to register, visit

    Math Encounters: "Mathematical Magic: The Two-Way Street between Math and Illusion" with Erik Demaine
    Special Fifth Anniversary Celebration!
    Wednesday, March 2, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

    There’s math behind the magic!  MIT professor Erik Demaine takes us down a mathematical path that leads to magic, then heads back the other way to show how analyzing a magic trick can lead to some fun and challenging mathematics.  His bag of tricks will include cards, coins, rope, paper folding, and even juggling as he shows us the hidden math within the magic. Register at

    Math on the High Seas with Rich Wilson
    Thursday, March 3
    Meet Rich Wilson, an experienced sailor whose 121-day passage solo 'round the world was one of the outstanding human adventure stories of our time.  Having completed several record-breaking ocean voyages, Rich is about to begin training for the next edition of the Vendée Globe, the toughest solo sailing challenge there is.  What's a former math teacher and lecturer doing on the high seas?  Join us to find out!  Registration will open soon for this not-to-be-missed event, brought to you by OppenheimerFunds. 

    Harmonic Series: "Sam Zygmuntowicz: The Math, Science, and Art of Violin Making"
    Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm
    Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center 

    How does a small wooden box help a violinist fill a concert hall with music?  Harmonic Serieshost Bruce Adolphe welcomes violinmaker Samuel Zygmuntowicz as he takes us into the hidden inner workings of the violin.  The conversation will explore geometric principles of violin design that date back to the Renaissance, modern technologies that reveal everything from vibration patterns to the internal contours of wood, and how new techniques combine with violinmakers' traditional skills to make instruments rivaling the Old Masters. Zygmuntowicz gets into detail in this special presentation in which modern science meets ancient tradition.  And, hearing is believing: enjoy a special performance by the incomparable violinist Daniel Phillips on both Stradivarius and Zygmuntowicz violins. Register at

    Happy Pi Day with MoMath
    Sunday, March 13

    Come join in the Museum's weekend celebrations in honor of the upcoming Pi Day 2016 on 3/14/16, the one date this entire century that most closely approximates pi (which rounded to four decimal places is 3.1416).  All events free with Museum admission.

    • 10:15 am Meaning of Pi  
      A short audience-participatory demonstration that will bring to life what pi is, what it does, how we know about it, and at least two-and-a-half surprising facts about pi.
    • 11:30 am Rhythmic Rotations 
      Check out MoMath's hula-hooping contest in honor of pi, the circular constant.  You've never seen hoops this big!  How far must your hips travel to twirl the biggest hoop? Pi tells you the answer.  Pi-morabilia prizes for the top hoopers!  Meet in MoMath's lobby but dress warmly: Rhythmic Rotations will be held outdoors, weather permitting.
    • 12:45 pm Apollonian Apertures 
      Join MoMath to build Apollonian Apertures, the 9-foot fractal circles-within-circles sculpture that embodies a minor miracle of mapmaking.  The sculpture you help to build will remain on display in the Museum through Pi Day.

    Volumes: the MoMath book club
    Thursday, March 24, 6:00 pm
    Get a jump start on your reading for this third meeting of Volumes, the MoMath book club. We will be discussing The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan.  And be sure to join us for coffee, tea, and cookies afterwards.

    Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Time Warner Cable: “Spiraling into Art and Nature”
    Friday, March 25, 6:30 pm

    Why do we see spirals so often in the world around us?  What is so singular about their geometry that makes them recur in many contexts? John Edmark, inventor, artist, and professor of design at Stanford, will guide participants in constructing their own spirals, following the hidden recipes that nature uses in creating pinecones, artichokes, pineapples, and more.  Along the way, you'll discover the subtle connections between these spirals, the Fibonacci series, and the golden ratio.  Come and share in the beauty that has catapulted Prof. Edmark's latest video, "Blooms: Strobe-Animated Sculptures," to over 14 million views online. This presentation is free to attendees, as part of Time Warner Cable's Connect a Million Minds campaign.  For more information and to register, visit

    Coming this spring... The Insides of Things: the art of Miguel Berrocal
    MoMath's newest art exhibit will focus on the work of Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal. What does Berrocal's work have in common with MoMath's Enigma Café?  Visit this intriguing new exhibit to find out as you take in the masterful craftsmanship of Berrocal's art.

    Expansions: MoMath’s innovative program to engage and challenge NYC’s brightest math students
    Tuesday or Thursday afternoons (K-12, separated by level)

    Reinvent math class with Expansions, MoMath's afternoon gifted program. Featuring programs for all mathematically gifted students currently enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade, Expansions workshops are designed and delivered by MoMath's educational team to challenge and inspire students, and to broaden their mathematical horizons. With topics ranging from fractals to cellular automata, these afternoon sessions provide an opportunity for participants to learn advanced and fascinating topics not included in the standard K-12 curriculum. Plus, your child can benefit from enjoying math together with small groups of talented and focused young scholars.

    Expansions offers sessions at several levels that are differentiated by mathematical experience rather than age. Admission is by application only. To learn more and submit an application, visit Now with Tuesday options starting at 4:00 pm and 4:30 pm!

    Mathematical Artistry
    Do you have a great idea for a mathematical art show?  Send it to MoMath!  MoMath is seeking proposals for a show in the Composite gallery, to begin approximately one year from now.  Applications are open here:

    Spread the MoMath Word
    Like MoMath?  Let the world know!  Share your comments at:

    Events, Birthday Parties, and More
    Looking to host a one-of-a-kind event where your guests can interact with over 30 engaging exhibits?  Enter a world of mathematical intrigue, but don’t worry; among all the activity, there is plenty of space for gala-worthy dinners, over-the-top birthday bashes, laser-cutting parties, and bar/bat mitzvahs.  Who knew math could be this much fun?  Email for more information.

    School and group visits for 2016-2017
    MoMath has over a dozen great programs for school groups visiting the Museum.  From graph coloring to Möbius bands, bring your students to MoMath for a view into the exciting world of mathematics, and see why kids of all ages love visiting the Museum.  Register for a trip at

    Free trips for Title I schools
    Thanks to the support of companies including OppenheimerFunds, Google, Con Edison, and Two Sigma, as well as some generous MoMath friends, support for Title I schools is now available.  To register for a free trip this year, visit  Interested in sponsoring a field trip?  Email

    Join the MoMath community
    Become a member today, and help ensure that MoMath continues to deliver exciting and engaging math programs for all ages.  Visit to become a member, and receive unlimited access to MoMath's innovative exhibits, plus discounts in Additions, the shop at MoMath.  Become a premium member and receive early notices and invitations to exclusive MoMath events.  Join now, and take advantage of MoMath's low rates.  To learn more about long-term memberships, call (212) 542-0566.

    We need you!
    Interested in volunteering on the Museum floor?  If you love math, would like to help others enjoy MoMath's interactive suite of exhibits, and are willing to devote two four-hour shifts each month, please send an email to with the subject line "MoMath integrator."  Please include a cover letter, current resumé, and a newly-written essay that, in approximately 150 to 300 words, describes an experience that shaped your love of mathematics.

    We hope to see you at MoMath!

    National Museum of Mathematics
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    Why are your math students struggling?
    Use the Coherence Map to address gaps in background knowledge. 


    Many times, students struggle with grade-level content because they are missing prerequisite skills and knowledge from earlier grades.

    If your students are having trouble mastering a particular standard, use the Coherence Map to see how that standard is connected to other standards within and across grades.

    Once you've identified what skills and concepts students need to practice, use the Illustrative Mathematics tasks included with each standard to build mastery.



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