Here you will find information about winners of the Task Writing contests held in late 2011 and early 2012. The task writing contests evolved into Web Jams, which are where a small group of interested educators meet online for 2 one-hour sessions held a week apart focused on a standard (or a group of related standards) and writing tasks for that standard. If you are a registered user of Illustrative Mathematics (registration is free!) and interested in participating in a Web Jam, please sign up here to be contacted when one comes up. Please note that there is limited space in each Web Jam.

**How Tasks Should Look**

The Illustrative Mathematics team would like to encourage participants to review some of the tasks already published on the website. Here are some tasks worth looking at:

#### 2.OA, NBT Saving Money 2

7.G Eight Circles

A-SSE Animal Populations

Because the tasks are entered into the database in a particular way, the format is important. Also keep in mind that all task submissions must include at least one complete solution; here is a Word template that shows the components that need to be included. Here are the criteria our reviewers use when evaluate a task submitted to the website; a task must meet all 8 criteria (and fill a need for us) to be published. Please submit tasks in Word format or LaTeX, along with a pdf if possible. To learn more about what makes a good mathematical task, read this article by Kristin Umland.

**Contest Winners**

We are pleased to announce a few of the winners of our task writing contests from 2012 (in alphabetical order) whose tasks are available at the Illustrative Mathematics website!

Patrick Barringer — His tasks are G-GMD Centerpiece and G-GMD Doctor’s Appointment.

James E. Bialasik and Breean Martin — Teachers, Sweet Home CSD, New York. Their task is titled 8.EE Cell Phone Plans.

Miriam L. Clifford — Carroll University, Waukesha, WI. Her task is titled 2.MD Hand Span Measures.

Jason Dyer — Teacher, Tucson Unified School District. His task is titled 2.MD The Longest Walk.

Karen Gerow — University of Georgia. Her task is titled 6.G Christo’s Building.

Ryan Glen — Teacher, McKissick Elementary. His task is titled 5.G Battleship Using Grid Paper.

Andrea Graf — The Skokie School, District 36, Winnetka, IL. Her task is titled “5.MD Where’s the Beef?”

Melissa Hancock and Sherri Martinie — Mathematics Consultants, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. Their task is titled 4.OA Double Plus One.

Travis Lemon — Teacher, American Fork Junior High School, Utah. He has two tasks in development and two posted titled 7.RP Cooking with the Whole Cup and 8.EE Find the Change.

Dan Meyer — Doctoral student, Stanford University, California. His task is titled 8.F High School Graduation.

Michelle Mourtgos — Teacher, Grantsville Junior High School, Tooele County School District, UT. Her task is titled 8.G Comparing Snow Cones.

Nora Oswald — Teacher, Jim Thorpe Area School District, Pennsylvania. Her task is titled 8.G Flower Vases.

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