Math Ed Said
|Doug Clements presenting at the 2011 RME Conference|
And recent research shows using a strategy-based approach increased multiplication fact fluency, better than drill https://t.co/nppGbhaY7s— Douglas H. Clements (@DHClements) January 4, 2016
January 24: Dave Radcliffe, James Cleveland, Dylan Kane, Michael Welch, and Mikael Johansson shared Ta-Nehisi Coates article in The Atlantic, "Bernie Sanders and the Liberal Imagination."
January 25: Dan Meyer, Geoff Krall, Megan Schmidt, Dave Radcliffe, Mark Chubb, Jedidiah Butler, and Jana Sanchez shared Christopher Danielson's "Parent Letters." Here Chris looks at how a report from a commercial math practice app helps parents understand an arithmetic strategy as well as their child's performance.
January 26: Pick from three: (1) Jon Orr's "Better Questions – Two Truths & One Lie" (shared by Laura Wheeler, Shauna Hedgepeth, Bridget Dunbar and Jana Sanchez); (2) the Quartz story "An NFL Player Was Just Accepted to the Math PhD Program at MIT" (shared by Steve Phelps, OCTM, George Woodbury, and Egan Chernoff); and/or (3) Joe Schwartz's "What I'm Looking For" (shared by Joe, Patrick Honner, Michael Pershan, and Josh Fisher).
January 27: NCTM announced a new conference called "Innov8" and 16 members of my MathEd Twitter list had something to say about it or gave it a retweet: NCTM, Travis Olson, Diane J. Briars, Stephanie Iacadoro, Matt Larson, Teaching Children Math, Emily Campbell, Amanda Jansen, Bridget Dunbar, Dan Meyer, John SanGiovanni, Bridget Dunbar, Mathematics Teacher, Jessica Faurote, Farshid Safi, The Math Forum, and David Keller chimed in. Details about the event are to come, but there are some sure signs here that Innov8 will not just be another version of the annual meeting or the regional conferences as they are currently designed.
January 28: Cal Armstrong, Michael Pershan, Matt Enlow, Bridget Dunbar, Eddi Vulić, Sendhil Revuluri, Dylan Kane, and Dan Goldner shared Ben Blum-Smith's "Lessons from Bowen and Darryl." It's a great post that should get teachers thinking about the intentionality of their teaching, including how problems are chosen, how students are grouped, and how we can strategically call on students to share their ideas.
Complimenting Ben's post is one called "Planning Lessons" by David Wees, which was shared by 6 people on Thursday.
Around the Math Ed WebThe 2016 conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) is currently underway. I'm seeing some quality activity on the #AMTE2016 hashtag, so go there to follow along.
In the Global Math Department, this week's topic was "Using Direct Measurement Videos to Learn to Make Mathematical Models," presented by Peter Bohacek. Next week's topic is "Google Apps for Education in the Math Classroom."
At the Mathematics Educators StackExchange, recent topics have looked at the use of the terms "specific" and "particular," working with polynomials, accepting late homework, and innumeracy.
In the Google+ Mathematics Education (K-12) Community, recent posts have looked at John Hattie's work and Josh Fisher, as usual, has kept busy sharing blog posts.
Research NotesThree new articles and a book review have recently appeared in Mathematical Thinking and Learning:
- "Developing Young Children’s Emergent Inferential Practices in Statistics" by Katie Makar of The University of Queensland
- "Shortcomings of Mathematics Education Reform in The Netherlands: A Paradigm Case?" by Koeno Gravemeijer (Eindhoven School of Education), Geeke Bruin-Muurling (HAN University of Applied Sciences), Jean-Marie Kraemer (Cito, the Dutch Institute for Test Development), and Irene van Stiphout (Cito)
- "Opportunities to Learn: Inverse Relations in U.S. and Chinese Textbooks" by Meixia Ding of Temple University
- "Networking of Theories as a Research Practice in Mathematics Education, by Angelika Bikner-Ahsbahs and Susanne Prediger (Eds.)," reviewed by Anna Sierpinska of Concordia University, Montreal
Here's another new math-related article in Teaching and Teacher Education that I think I missed:
- "The Indirect Effect of Children's Gender on Early Childhood Educators' Mathematical Talk by Amber Simpson (Indiana University) and Sandra Linder (Clemson University)
- "The Collective Black and Principles to Actions" by Danny Martin
- "A Call for Mathematics Education Colleagues and Stakeholders to Collaboratively Engage with NCTM: In Response to Martin's Commentary" by Diane Briars, Matt Larson, Marilyn Strutchens, and David Barnes
Math Ed in the News
- How Math Class Has Evolved From the Progressive-Education Movement to the Common Core (The Atlantic)
- Famed Math Teacher Dan Meyer on the State of Math Education Today (EdSurge)
- Iowa: Local educators: Change to Common Core math a calculated move (Telegraph Herald)
- Oklahoma: Oklahoma education board approves new standards for math and English (NewsOK)
- Tennessee: New English, math standards almost complete (The Tennessean)
- Stanford professor urges teachers to rethink math instruction (EdSource)
Math Ed in ColoradoThe Colorado Math Leaders met on Tuesday in Colorado Springs. It was my first time meeting the group, although there were a few familiar faces there. We had excellent discussions around NCTM's Principles to Actions and we're looking to hold our next meeting on February 23rd.
The next session of the Northern Colorado Math Circles are on Monday, February 22nd. Contact Gulden Karakok or Delia Haefeli for more information or to RSVP.
The next CCTM board meeting is this Saturday, January 30th. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!
The Math on the "Planes" conference, presented by the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities is coming up on February 26-27.