This Week in Math Ed: April 21, 2017

Math Ed Said

April 14: If you missed the Ignite talks at this year's NCSM conference, The Math Forum has recordings of them for you here.

Shared by: Farshid Safi, Math Coach Rivera, F. Skip Fennell, Jill Gough, The Math Forum, Christine Newell, Jocelyn Dagenais, Christine Newell, Annie Fetter, Brian Shay, Shauna Hedgepeth, Brian Bushart, Suzanne Alejandre

April 15: What were your favorite parts of the NCSM and NCTM conferences? Tracy Johnston Zager reflects on her conference experiences with "NCSM/NCTM My Favorite." Stick around for the comments.

Shared by: Zack Miller, Robert Kaplinsky, Genni Steele, Matt Larson, Jen McAleer, Lane Walker, Mike Flynn, Carl Oliver, Bryan Anderson, Jill Gough, Andrew Gael, Christine Newell, Tracy Johnston Zager

April 16: Following the NCTM Annual Meeting, Andrew Gael said "We Need YOU!" and asked for feedback to help the future of NCTM's publishing committee.

Shared by: Nate Goza, Megan Hayes-Golding, Megan Schmidt, Elham Kazemi, Michael Fenton, Allison Hintz, Anna Blinstein, Tina Cardone, Tracy Johnston Zager, Christine Newell, Bridget Dunbar, Brian Bushart, Heather Johnson, Graham Fletcher, Kate Nowak, Shelley Carranza, Tim Hudson, Jennifer Bell, Robert Kaplinsky, Carl Oliver, Andrew Gael

April 17: More people were sharing Andrew Gael's request for input about the future of NCTM's publishing committee.

Shared by: NCTM, Jose Vilson, Andrew Gael, Sadie Estrella, Jennifer Wilson, Suzanne Alejandre, Zak Champagne, Annie Fetter, Matt Vaudrey, Amy Lucenta, Max Ray-Riek, Mike Flynn

Kristin Umland presenting at the 2017 NCTM Annual Meeting
April 18: Congratulations to Kristin Umland for receiving the AMS Impact Award for her contributions and efforts to improve math education.

Shared by: Barbara Beske, Jennifer Wilson, Heather Johnson, Andrew Gael, Jody Guarino, Ashli Black, Kristin Gray, Vanessa Cerrahoglu, Bridget Dunbar, Nik Doran, Jen Silverman, David Petersen, Kate Nowak, Bowen Kerins, Illustrative Maths

April 19: The Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers' Society shined their Spotlight on the Profession on Christopher Danielson.

Shared by: Jonathan Edmonds, Bryan Anderson, Nat Banting, Jill Rubinstein, Earl Samuelson, Jill Gough, Simon Gregg, Ilona Vashchyshyn

April 20: Dan Meyer wrote "How I Present" where he describes his process for assembling a conference presentation.

Shared by: Theresa Walker, Kaitie O'Bryan, Kate Owens, Patrick Honner, Emily Campbell, Jill Gough, Andrew Gael, Robert Kaplinsky, Dan Meyer, Ed Campos Jr, John Golden, Laura Wheeler, Matthew Oldridge

This Week in Math Ed: April 14, 2017

Math Ed Said

April 7: Desmos has a beta Geometry site, which looks to have features similar to Geogebra and Sketchpad.

Shared by: Cathy Yenca, George Carganilla, Steven Francis, Allison Krasnow, Bridget Dunbar, Jedidiah Butler, Heather Kohn, Andy Zsiga, Steve Phelps, David Sabol, Jen McAleer, Sara VanDerWerf, Steve Phelps, Jonathan Osters, Bob Lochel, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Kevin Lawrence, Carl Oliver, Steve Fuguet, Anna Blinstein, Mike Larson, Anna Vance, Audrey McLaren, Jack Brown, Bryn Humberstone, Zack Miller, Eddi Vulić, Andrew Shauver, Jo Morgan, Andrew Busch, Robin Mathews, John Gibson, Jon Orr, Karen McPherson, Kathy Henderson, Rebecca Afghani, Ed Campos Jr

April 8: More people were sharing Desmos's Geometry site.

Shared by: Martin Joyce, Gregory Taylor, Carol Keating, Ethan Weker, Joanne Crooks, Rene Grimes, Bryan Anderson, Pam J. Wilson, Keith Jones, Kirsten Silverman, Matt Leiss, Morgan Fierst, Annie Perkins, Shauna Hedgepeth, John Golden, Ryan Smith, Julia Finneyfrock, Jennifer Blinzler, Heather Sugrue, Simon Gregg, Mary Bourassa

April 9: More people found reasons to share "The Desmos Geometry Tool," this time with a Desmos blog post.

Shared by: Ryan R Ruff, Geoff Wake, Matt Vaudrey, Steve Fuguet, Edmund Harriss, Peg Cagle, Dylan Kane, PhET Sims, Keith Jones, Amanda Haskell, Matt Owen, Jason Merrill, Cathy Yenca, Nerissa Gerodias, Julia Finneyfrock, Mattie B, John O'Malley IV, Kimberly Wassmuth, Daniel Luevanos, Craig Klement, Rusty Anderson, Jon Orr, Zach Cresswell, Jeremiah Ruesch, George Carganilla, Laura Wheeler, Annie Perkins, Brian Bushart, Norma Gordon, Mary Bourassa, Stephanie Ling, Farshid Safi, Anna Blinstein, Martin Joyce, Julie Reulbach, Ethan Weker, Nanette Johnson, Andrew Busch, Eddi Vulić, Jennifer Blinzler, Audrey McLaren, Kevin Lawrence, Karl Fisch, Megan Heine, Janice Novakowski, Christine Newell, Jocelyn Dagenais, Kathy Henderson, Patty Stephens, Desmos.com

April 10: If you're looking for NCSM and NCTM presentations that had connections to Illustrative Mathematics, look no further than right here.

Shared by: Vanessa Cerrahoglu, Karen McPherson, Richard V DeMerchant, Barbara Beske, Bowen Kerins, Theodore Chao, Kate Nowak, Lindel, Jill Gough, Christina Sherman, Kaneka Turner, Nanette Johnson, Shauna Hedgepeth, David Petersen, Kristin Gray, J Clarke, Illustrative Maths

April 11: If you've ever wondered what you needed to know about applying to speak at NCTM, Robert Kaplinsky has some answers. The post includes links to the video of him presenting with Dan Meyer on this topic, as well as details about how speaker proposals are scored.

Shared by: Bryan Anderson, CMC - CA MathCouncil, Jill Rubinstein, OCTM, Heather Johnson, Patrick Honner, Ethan Weker, Sarah Bush, Farshid Safi, Dan Meyer, Bridget Dunbar, Kate Nowak, Ed Campos Jr, Jocelyn Dagenais, Christine Newell, Robert Kaplinsky

April 12: With a not-so-surprising result, a "Study finds female professors outperform men in service -- to their possible professional detriment."

Shared by: Life LeGeros, Heather Johnson, Jennifer Wilson, TJ Hitchman, David Coffey, Ilana Horn

Fawn Nguyen at Innov8 2016
April 13: Fawn Nguyen shared "Lillian," a post about a former student who passionately describes in a video why she's tired of trying to live up to others' expectations. Definitely worth watching.

Shared by: Genni Steele, Federico Chialvo, Andrew Gael, Matt Vaudrey, John Golden, Gene Jordan, Karl Fisch, Nerissa Gerodias, Anna Blinstein, Bryan Anderson, Sharon Vestal, Lisa Bejarano, Robert Kaplinsky, Fawn Nguyen

This Week in Math Ed: April 7, 2017

John Urschel, the breakout star of NCTM17
Perhaps my favorite part of working for the Colorado Department of Education is that I get to engage with the mathematics education community, curate what I find, and share it with others. It's part of my job. Unfortunately, I've had very little time for this lately, so instead of falling a few weeks behind, I suddenly find myself a few months behind! Can I catch up? The only way to find out is to go back to March 31st. I was away at the ASSM, NCSM, and NCTM conferences, which was great for my personal learning but tough on my blogging schedule!

Math Ed Said

March 31: Jamie Duncan pushes for number talks and other forms of promoting student arithmetic reasoning in "The Mother of Fluency." One takeaway from this post should be a need for patience and a strategy for playing the long game, instead of knee-jerk reactions to moments when students appear to lack fluency.

Shared by: Rusty Anderson, Ann Gaffney, Lindel, Annie Forest, Jamie Duncan, Rosa Serratore, Tracy Johnston Zager, Margie Pearse, Math Coach Rivera

April 1: Desmos.com announced a plaid Spring Makeover for the Desmos Graphing Calculator. For April 1, anyway.

Shared by: Shelley Carranza, Sherri Burroughs, Cathy Yenca, Jocelyn Dagenais, Mary Williams, Desmos.com, Ben Morris, Allison Krasnow, Dewey Gottlieb, Audrey McLaren, David Petersen, Bridget Dunbar, Mary Gambrel

April 2: Math ed reporter extraordinaire Katrina Schwartz shares some Teaching Channel videos in a KQED post called, "How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking."

Shared by: Christina Tondevold, Pat Power, Nicholas Smith, Kendra Lomax, Ed Campos Jr., Keith Devlin, David Coffey, Alex Overwijk

April 3: Jo Boaler writes in The Hechinger Report, "It's time to stop the clock on math anxiety; here's the latest research on how."

Shared by: Math Coach Rivera, John Berray, Kathy Henderson, Dewey Gottlieb, Nita Cochran, Lisa Melton Pizzuto, Rosa Serratore, Jamie Garner, Nicole Enzinger, Darren Burris, Robbyn Glinsmann, Laura Wagenman, Jennifer Lawler, Norma Gordon, Janine Franklin, Nikki Fife, Paul Gray, George Woodbury, Alison Hansel, John Rowe, Siri Anderson, Chris Kalmbach, Jo Boaler

April 4: Robert Kaplinsky makes an important point about the need for context when asking students about area and perimeter.

Shared by: Laura Wagenman, Josh Fisher, OCTM, Jen McAleer, Siri Anderson, WMC - WI MathCouncil, Alison Hansel, Robert Kaplinsky

April 5: Jo Boaler was surveying people to see which grade levels they wanted to see YouCubed make books for first.

Shared by: Kathy Henderson, Jen McAleer, Tyrone Martinez Black, Alison Hansel, Ben Woodford, Jo Boaler

April 6: If you've ever looked for tutorials on how to create things in Desmos, here they are.
Shared by: Mike Larson, Bryn Humberstone, Jon Orr, Michael Fenton, Kimberly Wassmuth, Jen Silverman, Danielle Reycer, Jocelyn Dagenais, Jocelyn Dagenais, Brian Bushart, Cathy Yenca

This Week in Math Ed: March 31, 2017

The Alamo!
(Weird fact: Turn 180 degrees and you'd be taking a picture of the Ripley's Believe it or Not across the street.)

Hello from San Antonio! I'm here for the ASSM Annual Meeting and am preparing for a great week of learning from NCSM and NCTM. It's the busiest week of my math ed year, and I was determined to get caught up with TWiME so my slate will be clean and I can move on to sharing great stuff from here in San Antonio. Oh, and I spent last weekend at the University of Michigan talking math with Deborah Ball. I should write about that, too, but that deserves its own post. If you missed them, here are my abbreviated TWiME posts for the rest of March:
  • Week ending March 3: PD from Peter Liljedhal, PCMI outreach, Youcubed archives, and more.
  • Week ending March 10: Mystery Grid, Marilyn Burns, the difference between modeling math and mathematical modeling, and more.
  • Week ending March 17: Teaching ability and content knowledge, Peter Liljedhal at GMD, Pi Day, and more.
  • Week ending March 24: An ode to blank paper, getting real about growth mindset, improving student participation in number talks, and more.

Math Ed Said

March 24: The NCTM Annual Meeting is around the corner and people are gearing up for all the Ignite talks.

Shared by: Sarah Bush, Jose Vilson, Megan Schmidt, Jonathan Osters, NCTM, Bridget Dunbar, Suzanne Alejandre

March 25: Here are Desmos's Friday Faves for March 24.

Shared by: Martin Joyce, John Golden, April Pforts, Adrianne Burns, Leigh Ann Mitchell, Desmos.com

March 26: Graham Fletcher is back with another installment in his Making Sense Series, this time with "The Progression of Early Number and Counting."

Shared by: Martin Joyce, Jennifer Lawler, Rosa Serratore, Kyle Pearce, Jamie Duncan, Daniel Luevanos, Kim Webb, April Pforts, Devin Anderson, Molly Daley, Christina Sherman, Andrew Gael, Matthew Oldridge, Shelley Carlisle, Margie Pearse, Ann Elise Record, Rusty Anderson, Simon Gregg, Ashley Bingenheimer, Joe Schwartz, Laura Wagenman, Grace Kelemanik, Math Coach Rivera, Graham Fletcher

March 27: I'm sure I'm not the only one who keeps thinking, "Wow, it's pretty cool that Marilyn Burns is blogging." Here she is again, this time with "Preparing and Planning: How I Get Ready for Teaching a Math Lesson." Here Marilyn got into the nitty-gritty details of her planning process, a topic which I think it very important as we think about ways to share lessons that are made for teachers to learn from, not just teach with.

Shared by: John Golden, Mark Chubb, Janice Novakowski, Cathy Campbell, Michael Pershan, Annie Perkins, Andrew Gael, Amanda Jansen, Tracy Johnston Zager, Kat Hendry, Emily Campbell, Jill Gough, Marilyn Burns

March 28: You all think Marilyn Burns is great, too, so you shared this post for a second day: "Preparing and Planning: How I Get Ready for Teaching a Math Lesson."

Shared by: Chris Hunter, Andrew Gael, Marilyn Burns, Ashley Bingenheimer, Marilyn Burns, Katherine Bryant, Rosa Serratore, Christine Newell, Mike Rashid, Bridget Dunbar, Christina Sherman, Genni Steele, David Coffey, Ashley Walther, Matthew Oldridge

March 29: Jo Boaler argues that "The Way We Teach Math Is Holding Women Back." Women are still underrepresented in STEM disciplines, something that I hope changes soon. In math education, women are often in the majority (in a meeting of 18 math PAEMST coordinators yesterday, I was the only male), and through better representation, leadership, and a concerted effort to teach math better, we can keep more doors open for all those who wish to pass through them.

Shared by: Francis Su, Christine K DiPaulo, Alex Freuman, Crystal Morey, Christopher Rohde, Kat Hendry, Kris Karbon, Sarah Reynolds, Christie Madancy, Christina Sherman, Amy Spies, Nita Cochran, Alison Hansel, Kimberly Wassmuth, Jim Pardun, Christine Newell, Ben Woodford, David Coffey, Laura Wagenman, Mr. Keller, Mathematics cian, Jo Boaler

March 30: People continued to buzz about Jo Boaler's latest article, "The Way We Teach Math Is Holding Women Back."

Shared by: Michelle Dupree, Vanessa Cerrahoglu, Kelly Boles, Jen Overley, Christina Barry, Kelly & Megan, Ryan R. Ruff, Egan J. Chernoff, Rebecca Gasper, Ellen Byron, Nick Gerhard, Keith Devlin, Steven Strogatz, Brian R. Lawler, Jennifer Wilson, Kate Owens

Math Ed in Colorado

Quick Updates

You've heard the details about these things before so I won't repeat all of them now. Here are a few things you should know and remember:
  • Work on the review and revision of the Colorado Academic Standards is taking shape. Soon we'll announce who the committee members are. You can submit your feedback on every statement in the standards on CDE's online feedback system through April 30. Our next standards update webinar is April 20th at 3:30. If you missed the previous two webinars, recordings are available on the CDE website.
  • Our work towards new math certifications continues. What started as a request for CDE to create an endorsement for elementary math specialists has shifted and grown. The details are still being worked out, but our goals have stayed the same: We want to help districts hire well-trained math teachers and specialists, and we want to provide career ladders that incentivize and recognize educators who go above and beyond to become better math educators.

Commissioner Anthes to form Teacher Cabinet

Colorado Education Commissioner Katy Anthes recently announced the creation of a "Teacher Cabinet" to consult with about issues of state education policy. It will be made up of 15 teachers from around the state. For more information and to apply, visit the Commissioner's page on the CDE website. The deadline is Friday, May 5!

CML Elections

As part of their becoming an affiliate of NCSM, the Colorado Math Leaders approved a constitution and bylaws at their last meeting and will be holding elections in the coming weeks. The candidates will be announced in the next few days and registered voters can help select our inaugural set of officers. If you're a math leader — anything from a curriculum specialist or a coach or even just a teacher who wants to step up and lead in their building — CML is where you need to be for policy updates, professional learning, and colleagues who share in your efforts to make math teaching better. Email me to request a ballot and to join the CML mailing list.

MAA-Rocky Mountain Section Meeting

If you missed the earlier message, the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America is having a meeting at CSU-Pueblo on April 21-22. For information about schedules, speakers, and registration, see the conference website.

CSPdWeek and BJC

I know the focus here is math, but I know many of you are pulling double-duty in computer science as well. If you're looking for an opportunity to learn more, CSPdWeek will be held again this summer at the Colorado School of Mines from July 17-21. CSPdWeek offers a professional development experience for those who plan to teach AP CS Principles, AP CS A (Java), Exploring Computer Science, or Bootstrap. Counselors are invited to attend half the week for their PD, too. Go to www.cspdweek.org for more information.

Also, if you're interested in summer PD for the Beauty & Joy of Computing (BJC) course, email Tracy Camp at the School of Mines for more information. She has a strategy that combines funding from Donors Choose with a stipend to cover the expenses, but to get all the details it's best to contact her.

PAEMST

Thanks to all of you who nominated a teacher for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Now for the toughest part: Finishing the application! If you've been nominated, I have resources to help you finish your application. If you nominated someone, keep up the encouragement — a lot of great teachers miss out because their application is incomplete!

Job Openings

Here are some positions open across the state of Colorado. If you're interested in posting a job opening to the COmath mailing list, you're welcome to do so. I can also post them in my updates. Of course, don't just post them here — there are far better places to make these announcements. With this list, I just hope to up the odds a bit that the right candidate finds the right job.
  • Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado, is adding a middle school position. If you are interested in living in the mountains, working at a school that combines the work of Jo Boaler with Expeditionary Learning, and being a part of a community that was recently awarded $3 million in funds to get kids outside, this might be the right job for you. Visit their website for more information and a link to an application.
  • STRIVE Prep is looking for talented educators to transform Denver. This includes four positions: Middle School Math Teacher (Multiple Campuses), Middle School Math Teacher Leader, High School Math Teacher (Algebra 1), and Assistant Principal of STEM Instruction.
  • Sterling High School is hiring two high school math teachers starting next fall. Classes include Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. Interested applicants can contact Mr. Wally Beardsley, school principal.
  • Denver Public School is seeking a K-12 Director of Mathematics. More information can be found at DPS's job site if you search for DIRECTOR, MATHEMATICS (JOB ID: 19217). The essential functions and objectives include:
    • Develop, support, supervise, coordinate and evaluate District functions in the specific areas of K-12 mathematics. Champions the District’s effort to continuously refine and implement comprehensive instruction programs that are researched-based and aligned with district and state content standards
    • Serve on the department's Leadership Team to monitor and guide the focus and actions of the department in mathematics
    • Facilitate central office curriculum specialists as they focus on the curriculum development needed to improve student assessment measures which are linked to district initiative
    • Observe and offer formal and informal feedback to curriculum specialists and partners concerning planning and instructional delivery
    • Design professional learning in collaboration with curriculum specialists and partners.

This Week in Math Ed: March 24, 2017

Math Ed Said

March 17: Tracy Johnston Zager writes "A Brief Ode to Blank Paper," in which worksheets try to be helpful but turn out not to be.

Shared by: Andrew Gael, Bowen Kerins, Tracy Johnston Zager, Geoff Krall, Joe Schwartz

March 18: Mark Chubb asks, "So you want your students to have a Growth Mindset?" Answer: Yes. I also want teachers to have more than a superficial knowledge of growth mindset. Making a poster with the words "growth mindset" on it might not be helpful, and neither is telling kids that there's something wrong with them if they don't have it. Mark works through some of the misguided ideas we have about mindset and makes suggestions for how to do it better.

Shared by: Deborah Rykken, Tom Snarsky, Laura Wagenman, Alison Hansel, Jo Boaler, Mark Chubb

March 19: Here's a post from last year rising again to the surface, which is a pretty good sign of quality: "#MTBoS Connected: Fraction Talks and WODB." It's good to see these kinds of cross-project connections.

Shared by: Matthew Oldridge, Simon Gregg, Tyler Anderson, Fraction Talks

March 20: Want more Mark Chubb? Lucky for you, he's on a roll this week, this time with "Estimating - Making sense of things."

Shared by: Judy Keeney, Jennifer Lawler, Mark Chubb, Laura Wheeler, Regina Barrett

March 21: Lisa Bejarano gave us all a little number talk advice: "It's the little things: How I improved student participation in number talks." Hint: It includes dropping something to signify you've made your point.

Shared by: Sarah Carter, Sarah Reynolds, Kate Nowak, Regan Galvan, Lisa Bejarano

March 22: I feel like we went a few months without Ben Orlin's bad drawings, but now he's on a hot streak. This week, it's "If Math Wrote Letters." Technically, this week only has hand-drawn text, not drawings, but I think it still counts.

Shared by: Spencer Bagley, DeAnn Huinker, Anna Blinstein, Joshua Bowman, John Golden, Simon Gregg, Ethan Weker, Dave Richeson, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Sharon Vestal, Ben Orlin, David Butler, Kathy Henderson, Jen Silverman, geonz, Michael P Goldenberg, Earl Samuelson

March 23: Brian Bushart hits kinda close to home with "Mathematically Correct," a blog post about his struggles in the state of Texas to acknowledge and hopefully fix an issue with a math question on their state exams. You see, I help with the PARCC exams and that makes me one of those people who, potentially, could catch problems like this before they go live on a test. However, I'm just one person, I usually just focus on a single grade, and the windows of opportunity to catch a problem like this are limited. It's frustrating to see an item that could be made better when it's not the right time to be improving items.

Shared by: Judy Keeney, Andrew Gael, Cathy Yenca, Pam Harris, Lindel, TCM - NCTM, Zach Cresswell, Ethan Weker, Shauna Hedgepeth, Tracy Johnston Zager