I am Sam Olderbak. I have been teaching high school mathematics since 2009. I currently teach in Phoenix, AZ. I enjoy coming up with creative lessons that challenge students. I am interested in technology and how it can be used to enhance student learning. I am hoping this blog helps me become a better teacher.

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Dear Sam,

As a proponent of math education in the United States, we need your help to promote our nationwide math competition by blogging or posting about it on your blog/forum.

As you probably already know, despite the fact that the US spends the most money on education per capita, our students are ranked 25th globally for math proficiency. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to improving that statistic. MATHCOUNTS’ third annual “ Math Video Challenge” is a math competition for 6th to 8th graders that encourages student innovation as they create and star in their own math videos, thus exciting them to pursue higher education in math.

As the webmaster of Informal Math, we are asking you to help support this effort by mentioning us in your next blog or forum post or promoting our logo with a link to the site. So far this contest has gathered over 500 submissions and millions of views on the videos. Our goal this year is this year is to do even better. With your help, we are confident we will reach this goal.

For more information on MATHCOUNTS or the Math Video Challenge, visit our webpages at mathcounts.org and videochallenge.mathcounts.org/math-camera-action.

Respectfully,

Jake Byrnes

Several years ago, I began playing around with a naive math way of displaying 0 through 1 through infinity. That has since resulted in a small group of us, both here and abroad (including an educator who has developed a much applauded program of teaching basic math concepts to kindergartners), by now developing a new set of methods for introducing more advanced math concepts to young children, as well as older children & even adults suffering from math anxiety. Is this something you might want to know about now or perhaps at some point in the future?

Please note that we are NOT looking for funding!