Math Ed SaidFebruary 12: Ugh. Nothing about this made me want to watch the video, but to share it here I finally brought myself to watch it almost a week later. The most-talked-about story on this day was Kate Taylor's article in the New York Times: "At Success Academy School, a Stumble in Math and a Teacher’s Anger on Video." Some might try to dismiss this as tough love, but I just can't, and most people I saw tweeting about this story can't, either.
Shared by: Ilana Horn, Thad Domina, David Coffey, Patrick Honner, Tracy Johnston Zager, Kent Haines, Dan Bach, Tom HendersonThis video from a Success Academy first grade classroom is absolutely disgusting.https://t.co/mrie6zaaoo@katetaylornyt #edchat #mathchat— Patrick Honner (@MrHonner) February 12, 2016
February 13: "The Math Revolution" by Peg Tyre in The Atlantic was the most-shared story on February 9th and again here on the 13th, so I'll link to it again. After all, it has all the hallmarks of a good weekend read: scope, depth, and a bit too long to read on a busy weekday. If you're feeling robbed of a story, another popular story for several days was "Stop Humiliating Teachers" by David Denby in The New Yorker.
Shared by: Mike Hetherington, Kate Nowak, Samuel Otten, Justin Lanier, Steven Gnagni, Danny Brown, Jennifer Lawler, Leigh Ann Mitchell
February 14: On Valentine's Day Graham Fletcher came to rescue us from all these heavy news/magazine stories with a light-hearted threat to poorly chosen math contexts everywhere. "I'm Placing a Hit on the Pseudo-Context" reworks a fairly typical volume-of-a-box problem into a 3-act task that gives students a chance to mathematize in a more realistic way.
These accusations of "context, but not really" always make me want to write about Edd Taylor's multi-approach engagement framework from an article he wrote in the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. If I don't get around to doing that sometime soon, remind me about it, m'kay?
Shared by: Graham Fletcher, Martin Joyce, Tim Hudson, Mark Chubb, Ms. Khatri, Andrew Gael, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Brett Parker, John Golden, Kate Owens, Joe Schwartz, Federico Chialvo
February 15: Junaid Mubeen wrote "I no longer understand my PhD dissertation (and what this means for Mathematics Education)." Junaid says his Ph.D. was worth it for the problem-solving skills, character, and enjoyment it gave him.
Shared by: Clara Maxcy, Nick Yates, Egan Chernoff, John Scammell, Bridget Dunbar, Mike Thayer, Christine DiPaulo, Ilona Vashchyshyn
February 16: Five posts were each shared by four people:
- Accessibility & Mathematics by Andrew Gael
- Clothesline Cards Hit the Floor by Andrew Stadel
- Practical Ways to Develop Students' Mathematical Reasoning by Katrina Schwartz
- First Graders and Functional Thinking, Part 1, an article in Teaching Children Mathematics by Angela Murphy Gardiner and Katie Sawrey (FYI: These authors have also looked at young children's use of variables)
- Square Dance on Desmos, by Andrew Stadel (Yes, a daily double from Andrew!)
February 17: Dan Meyer wrote a short-but-popular post titled, "Ed Begle's First And Second Laws Of Mathematics Education." The real meat of Dan's post comes in the linked text of a talk by Edward Begle, "Research and Evaluation in Mathematics Education" (1971).
|Ed Begle's final book, published posthumously|
Shared by: Lorraine Males, Nathan Kraft, Dan Meyer, Taylor Belcher, Matt Larson, Theodore Chao, Patrick Honner, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Eddi Vulić, Patrick Callahan
February 18: Folks were buzzing about Nat Banting's annoucnement of Fraction Talks, a site to feature visuals that prompt students to think creatively about fractions.
Shared by: Nat Banting, Michelle, John Golden, Mary Bourassa, Rusty Anderson, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Andrew Gael, Egan Chernoff
Around the Math Ed WebMaybe the coolest math ed thing I saw in the last week came in a series of posts by Joe Champion of Boise State on Google+:
- High school math course sequences
- HS math completion by 9th grade course
- HS math completion by socioeconomic status
- HS math completion by race
|High school mathematics course-taking patterns|
These "river plots" from Joe were made using a nationally representative sample of transcripts for about 12,000 high school graduates. I can't always make perfect sense of them, but Joe's been happily chatting about them in his posts on Google+ so go there to read more and ask questions.
This week at the Global Math Department, featured "Social Emotional Learning in Mathematics" and next week looks to be "Problem Strings: A Lesson Structure for All Students."
March 1 NCTM deadlines:
- Innov8 conference proposals
- Call for chapters for the 2017 Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education
- Nominations for the 2016 Board of Directors Election
Research NotesNew in Cognition and Instruction:
- Teaching Mathematics for Spatial Justice: An Investigation of the Lottery by Laurie Rubel (Brooklyn College of CUNY), Vivian Lim (CUNY and University of Pennsylvania), Maren Hall-Wieckert (CUNY), and Mathew Sullivan (NYC Department of Education)
- The Effects of Physical Manipulatives on Children's Numerical Strategies by Andrew Manches (University of Edinburgh) and Claire O'Malley (University of Nottingham)
- Beginning Teachers' Use of Resources to Enact and Learn from Ambitious Instruction by David Stroupe (Michigan State) (I know it's science, but math folks talk a lot about ambitious instruction, too.)
- Preservice and Inservice Teachers' Knowledge, Beliefs, and Instructional Planning in Primary School Mathematics by Angela Lui and Sarah Bonner (Hunter College/CUNY)
- Eighth-Grade Algebra Course Placement and Student Motivation for Mathematics by Rahila Simzar, Thurston Domina, and Cathy Tran (University of California, Irvine)
Math Ed in the News
- Ask A Scientist: What Should Preschool Math Look Like? (Education Week; features Bethany Rittle-Johnson of Vanderbilt)
- Whittier Middle School teacher wins "Oscar of teaching" (San Antonio Express-News)
- Lee, Grassley, Reynolds push STEM at BHS (Quad City Times)
Math Ed in ColoradoRebekah Ottenbreit from CDE's Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education is offering a session focused on helping math teachers and ESL/bilingual educators use tools and strategies to make mathematics content more accessible to English learners. The session is scheduled for March 8, in Greeley, and registration closes March 3rd. Scroll to the bottom of this page for location and reservation details.
The Front Range Math Ed Seminar (FRaMES) is on Twitter at @FRaMESMathED. The latest from Spencer Bagley on the listserv is a request for input regarding a time and place for the March seminar.
The next session of the Northern Colorado Math Circles is on Monday, February 22nd. Contact Gulden Karakok or Delia Haefeli for more information or to RSVP.
There are a number of CCTM workshops on the calendar. Regions 1, 2, 3, and 6 are offering workshops on February 20, while Region 7's workshop will be March 12. The topic of the workshop is fractions, ratios, and rates of change.
Nominations for CCTM board positions are open and will close on February 26, 2016. The CCTM board is also seeking to appoint a technology integration specialist to the board. See the link for details. CCTM is also taking nominations for their leadership award and teaching award, both of which are due by March 11.
The Math on the "Planes" conference is in Greenwood Village on February 26-27.