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#### Featured Community Member: Patrick Vennebush, Math Teacher

I love puzzles. Let A = 1, B = 2, C = 2, and so on, with each letter equal to its position in the alphabet. The product value of a word is the product of the letters in that word. For example, CAT has a product valu... Back###### Featured Community Member: Patrick Vennebush, Math Teacher

#### A Great Math Problem — Or Is It?

Just before winter break, Illuminations sent a holiday treat (in the form of a math problem) to the subscribers of the Bright Ideas newsletter. The recipients included elementary, middle, and high school math teachers... Back###### A Great Math Problem — Or Is It?

#### School Fundraiser that Uses Math

Just saw an inspired idea at Natural Blogarithms, a blog by Dr. Scott Franklin. He mentioned that his kids' school is having a unique fundraiser. He said: "Instead of accumulating donations to win for their own... Back###### School Fundraiser that Uses Math

#### Thanksgiving Math Lessons

For kindergarten, my son has to come up with a "Friday Fun Fact" every week. The teacher gives a topic. This week, it was Thanksgiving. He decided he'd like to share how many turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving day. Bef... Back###### Thanksgiving Math Lessons

#### What is Your Favorite Online Resource for Teaching Math?

No, I'm not looking for you to pat Illuminations on the back. (Though feel free to do so, if you think one of our resources is worthy. ) What I'm looking for is the BEST resource you've found online... the one... Back###### What is Your Favorite Online Resource for Teaching Math?

#### Humorous Math Poetry Contest : submit poems here.

This is the place to post your humorous math poems! If you've read Celebrate Math, Poetry, and Humor in April, then you know that April is the confluence of Math Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, and Nat... Back###### Humorous Math Poetry Contest : submit poems here.

#### Slides from Verizon Exhibitor Workshop at NCTM

Thanks to those of you who attended Thursday's session, "Bringing Real-World Data to Life for Students through Technology." The attached PDF file contains all of the slides that were used during the presentation. Be s... Back###### Slides from Verizon Exhibitor Workshop at NCTM

#### Why I Love the NCTM Annual Meeting

I've been very fortunate — I've attended every NCTM Annual Meeting since 1995. I usually arrive exhausted, having put in long hours in preparation during the weeeks leading up to the meeting. While I'm at the me... Back###### Why I Love the NCTM Annual Meeting

#### Celebrate Humor Month, Math Month, and Poetry Month!

April is: Math Awareness MonthNational Poetry MonthNational Humor Month With such a glorious coincidence of human-created holidays, we should do something big. Monumental, even. But what? We could prepare a maj... Back###### Celebrate Humor Month, Math Month, and Poetry Month!

#### 3/6/12 is an Awesome Date!

Did you notice that yesterday's date, 3/6/12, forms a geometric sequence? Other than the trivial date of 12/12/12, this won't happen again until 1/4/16. Out of curiosity, what do you think is the mathiest date... Back###### 3/6/12 is an Awesome Date!

#### Real-World Data for Math Classes?

Where do you find data to use for class projects and explorations? It's certainly fun to have kids gather data themselves, like they do in the Illuminations lesson How Tall?, but that can be time-consuming. It... Back###### Real-World Data for Math Classes?

#### Share some books you recommend for teaching math concepts.

My coworker at NCTM, Beth Skipper, is the editor of Teaching Children Mathematics, the journal for elementary school math teachers. She is very knowledgeable about elementary school mathematics, and she is a plethora ... Back###### Share some books you recommend for teaching math concepts.

#### Great Problems for the Beginning of the School Year

What are your favorite problems to use with students? At the beginning of the year, I think it's important to foster a culture where solving problems (not just completing exercises) is a critical element. Grea... Back###### Great Problems for the Beginning of the School Year