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Throw-Back “Virtual-Mentor”

The “Virtual Mentor” is a long running newsletter series written Ann Sweeney, a Mathematics Professor at St. Catherine University.  A full archive can be found here.

April, 2009

Recently, I have had several of you ask me about the algebra requirement for 8th grade.  If you are going to the MCTM Spring Conference in Duluth next week, you will have a wonderful opportunity to learn lots more about what 8th grade algebra is and how to help your students be successful learning it.  I just downgraded the program for the conference from the MCTM website at and found all sorts of wonderful workshops and sessions.

If you are like me and can’t attend the conference because of your broken ankle, there is information available for you, too, on the MCTM website.  At you will find a link to the 2007 MN Mathematics Standards, as well as a link to FAQs about them.  MCTM’s Algebra Task Force has done a wonderful presentation explaining the new algebra standard and you can download their presentation.  In case you missed the Matt Mentor article about 8th grade algebra, you can find it on the same webpage.

If you are headed to Duluth, don’t forget about the MCTM CONNECT session on Thursday evening, April 30 from 7 – 9 PM.  Meet with other new teachers, education students, experienced teachers, and MCTM CONNECT committee members.  Have a fun time having dinner, and learning about the conference and how to make the most of your conference experience.  You’ll also be in line for lots of give-aways and great door prizes while meeting and networking.  It is not too late to sign up for the connect session.  You can RSVP to me letting me know your name, level of licensure and school district (if teaching.)

Have fun in Duluth everyone.  I look forward to joining you next year.

Posted in beginner teachers, high school, middle school, resources

Throw-Back “Virtual Mentor”

The “Virtual Mentor” is a long running newsletter series written Ann Sweeney, a Mathematics Professor at St. Catherine University.  A full archive can be found here.

May, 2009

Wouldn’t it be nice to have some resources to send home with your students to help them over the summer?  There are a number of website that have activities, ideas, puzzles and brain teasers that your students might enjoy working.

The first is a site for girls,  Brain Cake provides resources, activities and helps for parents and teachers to encourage their girls’ interests in science and math.

There is something for everyone at  If you like any kind of puzzle or brain teaser, this will keep you and your students busy all summer.

The Science Museum of MN is one of the sponsors of where you will find a A to Z listing of activities, topics and ideas.

If you’ve been wanting nets for paper polyhedra, as one of the virtual mentees asked me about earlier this year, you’ll find more than you’ll ever need at

For those of you who are graduating and moving on, good luck in your job searches.  Remember if you wish to remain on the Virtual Mentee list, please send me your new email address.

I’ll be back in the fall.  Have a great, restful and relaxing summer so you can return to your classroom (or start in your new classroom) excited and eager for the new year next Sept.