Teaching is not a science; it is an art. If teaching were a science there would be a best way of teaching and everyone would have to teach like that. Since teaching is not a science, there is great latitude and much possibility for personal differences. … Let me tell you what my idea of teaching is. Perhaps the first point, which is widely accepted, is that teaching must be active, or rather active learning. … The main point in mathematics teaching is to develop the tactics of problem solving. – George Polya
The George Polya Memorial Award may be conferred upon the teacher or teachers, K-12, who have been deemed as outstanding teachers of mathematics over a sustained period of time, have supported CMC activities, have been active participants in CMC, and have high visibility throughout the state of California.
Throughout California there are a number of truly outstanding teachers of mathematics who stand head and shoulders above their colleagues and serve as an inspiring beacon to the experienced as well as the inexperienced teacher.
These are the teachers that CMC wishes to honor with the George Polya Memorial Award.
Previous recipients of the George Polya Memorial Award are:
George Polya Award Nomination
Nominations are now being accepted for the George Polya Memorial Award. As you think about a nominee, please keep in mind the that the teacher you nominate should be one of the two or three finest teachers that you have ever known. Since this award is a statewide award, your nominee should be well-known throughout California, not just in a section or region.
Send the following information by May 1 to be considered for the current year’s award:
Please provide the following information about the nominee:
Nominator’s name and contact information (email and phone number).
In one or two pages, explain
Additional information may be needed to help gather background information in support of the nomination. Please include the names and contact information for other people who could be contacted.
Return by May 1 to: