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June 30 5-minute madness presentation - Jim King

Jim presented Alphabet Soup.

July 1 Tour - Carol Hattan

Carol gave a brief overview of the PCMI@MathForum site using the Getting Started page.

July 2 TI-Nspire™ Statistics Demonstration - John Mahoney

John showed some of the TI N-spire statistics demonstrations that he wrote to accompany a popular textbook. These demos can be downloaded for free at
View overview: [MS Word] || [PDF]

July 6 Teaching Overseas - Sandy Corbacioglu

Sandy Corbacioglu shared pictures of Turkey and shared information about teaching overseas.

July 7 University of Washington Credit Process - Jim King

Jim King explained the University of Washington credit process. Read more here: FAQ page (on Jim King's University of Washington website) and also download this Information Sheet [PDF format]

July 7 New Tools Used - Kymberly Riggins

Duing the academic 2008-2009 school year, I implemented the use of the following: twitter, wikispaces, skill based testing, and continued the use of interactive notebooks. In this morning short, I will briefly mention twitter, wikispaces while expalining my use of interactive notebooks.
I used twitter [] to keep my students updated about class information. []
I used wikispaces [] to post class notes, announcements, as well as allowings students to take leadership roles in their class. [].
I used "skill based testing" to revolutionize how students are assessed.
I continued to use "(interactive) math notebooks" to teach my students organization and how to use their notes.

July 8 ProofBlocks - Jenni Dirksen

ProofBlocks is a new visual and kinesthetic format that scaffolds the development of logical reasoning, supports English learners, and allows students to easily check the validity of their proofs. Theorems, definitions, and postulates are represented using two dimensional blocks which are linked together to form logical chains of reasoning. Providing students with a "toolkit" of ProofBlocks gives them the basic building blocks they need to approach any problem, and a powerful new way to organize their thinking.

July 9 A Few Words on Zome Tools - Brian Hopkins

You may have noticed that there are several intricate objects made with colored plastic on the east side of the room. These are Zome Tools creations. I'll talk a little bit about how these manipulatives can be used to create polyhedra, culminating in a brief discussion about the large projection of a 4-dimensional polytope called the 120-cell. Thanks to Peg Cagle for bringing the world's largest private collection of Zome Tools to Park City.
The Zome Tools webpage, both supplies and many resources:
Book on Zome Geometry, including instructions for the 120-cell:
Also, those of you who teach courses or units on discrete mathematics might be interested in a book of projects and historical modules that I edited. One of the contributors is Ben Sinwell, who often helps with the morning course. Resources for Teaching Discrete Mathematics

July 10 Correct and Connect - William Thill

One of the tools I frequently use in my classroom was developed in collaboration with colleagues at the 11 o'clock hour back in 2005. This "correct and connect" template was designed to help students understand and communicate the connections between different representations of a function / relationship. I have used it to help students make connections between different forms of linear functions, quadratic functions, trigonometric functions, and exponential functions. The template has fostered deeper thinking and better mathematical communication with my students. It's also an effective activity for pairs or groups. Feel free to use, steal, modify as you wish. download file: [MS Word] [PDF]

July 13 Staying Connected - Suzanne Alejandre

Suzanne will briefly highlight the connections between the Math Forum community and the PCMI@MathForum community. She will demonstrate how to use both to work toward achieving the three goals of the Secondary School Teachers Program. She will encourage ongoing use of her Staying Connected web page.

July 14 GeoGebra - Mark Sawula

GeoGebra is a powerful and free multi-platform software package suitable for graphing and dynamic geometry throughout the middle and high school curriculum. In June 2009, Cal Armstrong and Mark Sawula ran an introductory GeoGebra workshop for the New Jersey PDO. This short points out workshop and web resources for using Geogebra.

July 14 Multiple Representation Template - Art Mabbott

As a follow-up to Bill's short last week, this is a template to use to help students remember the five different representations.
[MS Word] [PDF]

July 15 Math Forum PoWs and PD - Suzanne Alejandre

Suzanne will provide a brief overview of the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) and online Professional Development courses. View this page for sample problems and teacher resources. See and hear what teachers are saying about the Math Forum's PD -- watch VIDEO [Flash] -- Seth Leavitt is one of our stars!

July 16 Tate's Signature - Jet Warr

See Jet's story and her photo here: Participant Reflections on PCMI

July 16 Ning - Cal Armstrong

Cal gave an overview of the PCMI SSTP Ning site.

July 17 Numero Cube Systems - Huong Nguyen

Huong will give information about her new patented K-4 mathematics manipulative. It will be available hopefully through in September.

July 17 Overview of PCMI@MathForum - Suzanne

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