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November 2009 
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web - AMERICAN STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FIRST AMERICAN MATH CHALLENGE:  Count down to the American Math Challenge! From November 9 - 16, 2009, middle school students nationwide, ages 9-14, can sign up free of charge to compete online against other American students of similar age and ability in real time, 60-second mental arithmetic challenges. The American Math Challenge is hosted by The MATHCOUNTS Foundation, a non-profit that promotes middle school mathematics, and powered by Mathletics, the learning platform from 3P Learning, the global leader in online mathematics education. The student with the highest score will be declared American Math Champion and receive a Minted Gold Medal. Up to three top students will be chosen to represent the United States as Team Ambassadors on World Math Day, in March 2010. Last year, more than two million students from 204 countries participated. 

Best-selling author and Guinness World Record Holder as the "Fastest Human Calculator" Scott Flansburg is Ambassador for the Challenge. Flansburg earned his title for his ability to process numbers with amazing speed and calculator accuracy. Now, "The Human Calculator" is using his extraordinary gift to inspire students, teachers, and "non-math" people, demonstrating that arithmetic really can be as easy as "0, 1, 2, 3." "Students compete in a multi-player game environment, inclusive of all levels of math ability, making math exciting," Flansburg notes. "Results show that participants will make significant improvement in their mental arithmetic skills and have fun in the process. All school children and homeschoolers are invited to participate." For more information and to register, visit www.americanmathchallenge.com.

Posted November 9, 2009

Web- DreamBox Learning Teacher tools (pre-K-3rd grade): DreamBox Learning offers teachers free virtual manipulatives that can be used in large- or small-group instructional settings. You can use these math tools — ten frames, math racks, and other innovative tools — with your interactive white board or projector to make math lessons clear for your whole class, or even on your computer for smaller groups. Click on the “Explore” link below each tool icon to access a variety of resources that support the professional development of teachers as they learn to incorporate that virtual manipulative, in order to support students’ mathematical learning.  Visit: http://www.dreambox.com/teachertools.

Posted November 6, 2009