Build Math Confidence November 2020 Volume 138
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NRICH Maths

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NRICH, part of the University of Cambridge's Millenium Mathematics Project. NRICH is an "innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge which focuses on problem solving and on creating opportunities for students to learn mathematics through exploration and discussion." The tasks are engaging and educational as NRICH "takes a low-threshold high-ceiling approach, building students' confidence, mathematical reasoning, thinking skills and ability to take the initiative."
Moving Forward NCTM/NCSM

In late Spring, NCTM and NCSM released this excellent joint document Moving Forward: Mathematics Learning in the Time of COVID-19 to provide guidance and support to a broad audience including school leadership, content specialists, teachers, support staff, families and students during this uncertain time.
This 18-page document is organized into 3 areas: (1) structural considerations, (2) teaching practices and (3) advocacy. Suggestions include guidance on productive classroom structure, selection of Math tasks, assessment practices as well as professional learning and collaboration. This Call to Action strongly recommends focusing on students' strengths and opportunities for learning (rather than on learning gaps) and to "intentionally view students and teachers through a lens focusing on strengths that positively contribute to mathematics teaching and learning, an asset-based lens."
For over 75 years, The New York Times Crossword has been providing a great brain workout. This newer puzzle, Spelling Bee, has been a weekly feature in the print New York Times Sunday magazine for years, but is now available daily by subscription on the Puzzles app and/or the web. Each Spelling Bee has 7 letters including a center letter and words need to be formed using that center letter at least once.
Brain Puzzler
 In the problem above, place a digit in each box to make a true statement.
You can use 1 to 9 but only one time each.
How many solutions can you find?
(please do not use a calculator)

Answer to October's Brain Puzzler: 145 = 1! + 4! + 5! click here for the solution
 
Thanks, Robin the Math Lady Schwartz