## Philly Summer Math Institute 2016

Thanks to all who attended the keynote presentation at the School District of Philadelphia’s Summer Math Institute. #mathcounts

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A **PDF of the slides** used during the presentation are available at the following link:

**All the Things Kids Learn When We’re Trying to Teach Them Math** (PDF)

During the presentation, we only briefly looked at this math problem:

- Write 20 as a sum of smaller, positive numbers.
- What’s the product of your numbers?
- Can you get a greater product?

Hat tip to **Matthew Lightfoot** who pointed out that *linear* actually has two anagrams: *nailer* and *renail*. I foolishly trusted the results of the **Internet Anagram Server**, which said it has none. (See what happens when you blindly follow algorithms?)

We briefly looked at this problem:

- Write 20 as a sum of smaller, positive numbers.
- What’s the product of those numbers?
- Can you get a greater product?

We didn’t have time to dig into an **Excel spreadsheet** to explore this problem deeply; but now you do, so have at it…

- Maximum Products (XLS)

I also referenced the following **websites**, which have a variety of great tasks:

**Andrew Stadel:**mr-stadel.blogspot.com/**Robert Kaplinsky:**robertkaplinsky.com**Cathy Yenca:**mathycathy.com/blog/**Illuminations:**illuminations.nctm.org**Illustrative Math:**illustrativemathematics.org**Math Assessment Project:**map.mathshell.org

Finally, I shared one quote from this **article**, but the whole thing is worth a read:

- Mathews, J. (2016). Many parents hated Common Core math at first, before figuring it out.
*The Washington Post*. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/33c1b59e-c6bd-11e5-9693-933a4d31bcc8_story.html.