Math Ed SaidApril 8: A week before the event, Math Twitter was abuzz about ShadowCon 2016.
Shared by: NCTM, Eric Fleming, Andrew Gael, Fawn Nguyen, Jedidiah Butler, Kathy H, Marc Garneau, Cathy Yenca, Christina Sherman
April 9: 4/9/16 was a Happy Square Day. Patrick Honner wrote to let us know about this special day, but if there was a particular dessert we should have all been eating, he wasn't saying.
Shared by: Patrick Honner, David Coffey, Chris Robinson, Jim Wilder, Dave Richeson, Barbie Hoag, Keith Devlin, Pam Wilson, Sadie Estrella, Scott Leverentz, Amy Hogan, Damion Beth, Amy Hogan, Joshua Bowman, Gregory Taylor, Carrie Muir, WMC - WI MathCouncil, Greg George, Jim Wysocki
April 10: Will Richardson writes about "9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should 'Unsettle' Us."
Shared by: Jessica Faurote, Susan Russo, Genni Steele, Suzanne Kaplan, Maria Andersen, Mister Suever, Richelle Marynowski, Terry Kaminski
April 11: Jo Boaler announced the Visual Math Network, which combined a new self-published paper from Boaler and others, a companion web forum to discuss the paper, and a teacher's guide. For me, it's exciting to see a prominent scholar in mathematics education explore new forms of publishing and reader support.
Shared by: Susan Davidson, John Golden, Bryan Anderson, Jo Boaler, Sadie Estrella, Julia Neufer, Larry Sizemore, Christina Moore, Dan Meyer, Jennifer Blinzler, Amy Spies
April 12: Many people were impressed by David Butler's "Quarter the Cross," his painstaking and persistent effort to answer a simple but very open-ended problem posed by Truus Drekker and others in a Freudenthal Institute project.
Shared by: David Butler, Cal Armstrong, Fawn Nguyen, Tracy Johnston Zager, Bridget Dunbar, Simon Gregg, Heather Kohn, Rebecca Price
|Eli Luberoff, CEO of Desmos|
Shared by: Christopher, Dan Anderson, Desmos.com, Tim Robaczewski, Patty Stephens, Mrs. Ritzi, Taylor Belcher, Eli Luberoff, Chris Lusto, Eddi Vulić, George Woodbury, Joshua Bowman, Audrey McLaren, Bryn Humberstone, Matt Lane
April 14: Carl Weiman used some of his Nobel Prize money to spur changes to teaching at CU-Boulder, and as he's moved to other schools he's spread these ideas and efforts.
Shared by: Shannon Houghton, Denis Sheeran, Terry Jones, Tyler Anderson, Terry Jones, John A. Pelesko, Warren J. Code, Keith Devlin, Simon Gregg
Around the Math Ed WebNow that NCTM is over, everyone can join the rush to submit proposals for next year. Here are the deadlines:
- NCTM Annual Meeting: May 1, 2016
- NCTM Research Conference: Not yet announced
- NCSM Annual Conference: June 1, 2016
- AMTE Annual Conference: May 15, 2016
Research NotesThe May 2016 issue of Educational Studies in Mathematics is out:
- An early algebra approach to pattern generalisation: Actualising the virtual through words, gestures and toilet paper by Francesca Ferrara, Università di Torino, and Nathalie Sinclair, Simon Fraser University
- Proposing and testing a model to explain traits of algebra preparedness by Linda Venenciano and Ronald Heck, University of Hawai'i, Mānoa
- The unit of analysis in mathematics education: bridging the political-technical divide? by Paul Ernest, University of Exeter
- Alienation in mathematics education: critique and development of neo-Vygotskian perspectives by Julian Williams, Manchester Institute of Education
- Rationality and belief in learning mathematics by Tony Brown, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Does it help to use mathematically superfluous brackets when teaching the rules for the order of operations? by Robert Gunnarsson, Wang Wei Sönnerhed, and Bernt Hernell, Jönköping University
- An analysis of different representations for vectors and planes in ℝ^3 by Ivonne Sandoval, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, and Edgar Possani, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
- Prospective teachers' understanding of the multiplicative part-whole relationship of fraction by Elena Castro-Rodríguez, Granada University; Demetra Pitta-Pantazi, Cyprus University; Luis Rico, Granada University; and Pedro Gómez, Universidad de los Andes
- Representations of a mathematical model as a means of analysing growth phenomena by Carolina Guerrero-Ortiza, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile; Hugo R. Mejía-Velascob, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico; and Matías Camacho-Machín, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
- Introducing Modeling Transition Diagrams as a Tool to Connect Mathematical Modeling to Mathematical Thinking by Jennifer Czocher, Texas State University
- The Social Construction of Authority Among Peers and Its Implications for Collaborative Mathematics Problem Solving by Jennifer M. Langer-Osuna, Stanford University
- Kindergartners' Spontaneous Focusing on Numerosity in Relation to Their Number-Related Utterances During Numerical Picture Book Reading by Sanne Rathé, KU Leuven; Joke Torbeynsa, KU Leuven; Minna M. Hannula-Sormunenb, University of Turku; and Lieven Verschaffel, KU Leuven
Math Ed in the News
- Not just reading and math: Education Secretary to call for return to a 'well-rounded education' (The Washington Post)
- Future of math education part noisy, part fun (Toronto Star)
- New report pitches mandatory math test as part of education overhaul (Toronto Star)
- Math Education Should Focus on Visuals, Research Says (Education Week)
Math Ed in ColoradoThere are some CCTM deadlines coming up very soon:
- CCTM members have until TODAY, April 20, to vote for board members. You can learn more about the candidates here.
- The deadline for submitting CCTM conference proposals is May 1.
- CCTM's Spring 2016 issue of the Colorado Mathematics Teacher is out, featuring articles about mathematical mindsets, the PSAT and SAT, and professional development. While CCTM is now making the CMT journal free to all, it's the membership dues from over 600 Colorado math educators that supports this and the other work of CCTM.
The next FRaMES (Front Range Mathematics Education Seminar) meeting will be held Friday, April 22 at 4pm Ross Hall 1090 on the main campus of UNC. (Note the change in location.) Sandra Laursen, Chuck Hayward, and Zachary Haberler, from the Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER) team from CU-Boulder will be presenting about inquiry-based learning. If you're interested in attending, please register here.
The University of Northern Colorado is offering three graduate level math courses this summer as part of their Masters in Mathematics: Teaching Emphasis program. You don't have to be in the program to take the courses. A tentative schedule of courses through Spring 2018 and contact information is here.
Rebekah Ottenbreit from CDE's Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education is offering two more sessions focused on helping math teachers and ESL/bilingual educators use tools and strategies to make mathematics content more accessible to English learners. You can grab a flyer here.
- May 10, 2016, from 8:30-noon at the Pueblo City Schools Administration Building, Pueblo, CO (register by 5/5/16)
- May 13, 2016, from 8:30-noon at the NW CO BOCES downstairs conference room in Steamboat Springs (register by 5/8/16)
See the Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' Circle website and the Northern Colorado Math Circles for information about upcoming events, including a joint workshop in Durango from August 8-11. You have until June 15 to apply for that one!
The "Expanding Your Horizons" symposium for middle school girls interested in STEM registration begins March 1.
NCTM is offering two summer institutes this summer in Denver: