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Curriculum Inspirations

Curriculum Inspirations by James Tanton

Curriculum Inspirations is a multimedia experience for the middle-school and high-school communities. 

Learn TEN PROBLEM-SOLVING STRATEGIES aligned with the Mathematical Practice Standards for classroom and MAA AMC success. Find practice examples galore listed by strategy and by Common Core topic. Bring excitement to mathematics learning, thinking, and doing! 

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Each month James Tanton writes math essays for all to enjoy. Here are the latest:
Online Courses

Written for educators - and their students too! - these short, self-contained, curriculum units prove that mathematics, at all points of the curriculum, can be joyous, fresh, innovative, rich, deep-thinking, and devoid of rote doing. Let's teach generations of students to be self-reliant thinkers, willing to flail and to use their common sense to "nut their way" through challenges, to assess and judge results, and to adjust actions to find success. (Great life skills!)

More courses are in the works.

Curriculum Inspirations Video Archive

Watch Curriculum Inspirations on YouTube!


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Thanks to Our Sponsors!

MAA acknowledges with gratitude the generous contributions of the following donors to the Curriculum Inspirations Project:


  • The TBL and Akamai Foundations for providing continuing support
  • The Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation for providing seed funding by supporting the Dolciani Visiting Mathematician Program during fall 2012
  • MathWorks for its support at the Winner's Circle Level