This Week in Math Ed: April 22, 2016

What a busy, busy post-conference week! I've been busy recapping ASSM, the NCTM Research Conference, and the NCTM Annual Meeting, and from the looks of it the rest of you have been writing and sharing, too. There's a ton of new literature below in the research journals!

Math Ed Said

April 15: Michael Fenton shared materials from his presentation at NCTM.

Shared by: Michael Fenton, Heather Kohn, Cathy Yenca, Andrew Gael, Charlotte Dunlap, Jonathan Klupp, Karyn Vogel, Turtle Gunn Toms, Elham Kazemi

April 16: Nine people shared Dylan Kane's post "Math Ability." It's a great thought-piece about whether math ability exists, or what form it takes, and if it has limits.

Shared by: Dylan Kane, Alex Overwijk, Anna Blinstein, Taylor Belcher, Bryan Meyer, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Patrick Honner, Andrew Gael, Steven Strogatz

Dan Meyer at ASSM 2016
April 17: Dan Meyer did us all a favor and bundled every handout and presentation from NCSM and NCTM 2016. Well, every posted handout and presentation, anyway. I'm one of those naughty presenters that didn't post his slides. (Some key images were broken on export and I haven't had a chance to fix them.)

Shared by: Nancy Terry, Dan Meyer, Bridget Dunbar, Laura Wagenman, Jennifer Blinzler, Glenn Waddell, Jr., Christine DiPaulo, Steve Wyborney, Michelle Rinehart

April 18: It's the Monday after NCTM 2016, so naturally people were sharing the link to proposal submissions for NCTM 2017.

Shared by: Suzanne Alejandre, Zak Champagne, Avery Pickford, Sarah Bush, Matt Larson, Kristin Gray, Carl Oliver, Christina, Janice Novakowski, Christina Sherman, NCTM, Janet Oien

April 19: Two blog posts tied with 10 (re)tweets a piece, and I'm really glad they did because I wouldn't want to have to decide which of these is the better post — they're both awesome! First, Tracy Zager tells a great story about her daughter's mathematical reasoning at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Second, Jamie Duncan (@jamiedunc3) (who somehow wasn't on my math ed Twitter list!) wrote "First Grade Math Fight... Fractions, Proportional Reasoning, and Algebra, Oh my!." That post describes her rigorous and engaging approach to getting students to reason with fractions while considering wholes of different sizes. It ties together standards, multiple representations, class discussions, and cookies, and is what I consider to be a great example of what lesson reflection blogging can be.

Shared by: (for Tracy) Tracy Johnston Zager, Andrew Gael, casey, Brian Bushart, Sahar Khatri, Kent Haines, Tim Hudson, Susan Davidson, Shauna Hedgepeth, Simon Gregg; (for Jaime) Kyle Pearce, Dave Lanovaz, Simon Gregg, Brian Bushart, Matt Vaudrey, Teresa Teri Ryan, Andrew Busch, Mark Chubb, Brett Parker, Shannon Andrews

April 20: Jaime's post was quite popular this day, too, but so was another KQED MindShift story by Katrina Schwartz, "How 'Productive Failure' In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick."

Shared by: David Coffey, Maria H. Andersen, Jennifer Lawler, Donna Boucher, Jim Wysocki, Meg Tewey, Rusty Anderson, Mark Chubb

April 21: People liked Joe Schwartz's "Dot Crazy," his reflection on a great counting activity done with a third grade class. I dare you to not read a post that includes the line, "Math started gushing out all over the place."

Shared by: Joe Schwartz, Kristin Gray, Brian Bushart, Marilyn Burns, Bridget Dunbar, Steve Wyborney, Allison Hintz, Kent Haines, Simon Gregg, Janice Novakowski

Around the Math Ed Web

The Global Math Department brought a bunch of people to reflect on their NCTM experience.

Next week's GMD talk is "Coding in Math Class." Dawn DuPriest which will help us look at different ways for a beginning coder/programmer to get started.

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines! If you want to present at these conferences, here are the due dates for proposals:

Research Notes

Here's another addition to the June 2016 issue of The Journal of Mathematical Behavior:
ZDM has their first issue of the year, a double-issue with the theme, "perception, interpretation and decision making: understanding the missing link between competence and performance." Sigrid Blömeke and Jon Star were the issue editors.
Add to this long list a couple new articles added to the July 2016 issue of Teaching and Teacher Education:
New in AERA Open:
Here are new articles in the Spring 2016 issue of the Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College. Remember, these are all open access!
I think while everybody was away and conferences all the editors of the above journals decided to hit their "publish" buttons. Whew!

Math Ed in the News


Math Ed in Colorado

I attended a CoMMIT meeting yesterday and had a great time learning about the group and doing a task posed to us by Kim Bunning, CU-Boulder CU-Teach master teacher. Some of the toughest questions about math ed I get are from special education teachers, and they also seem to be hungriest for the answers. I think I'm going to learn a lot from this group — far more than they'll learn from me, anyway.

Kim Bunning presenting at CoMMIT, 4/21/2016

The deadline for submitting CCTM conference proposals is May 1!

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)
The grand opening of the Geometry Park exhibit in Lafayette (201 S Bermot St) will be Wednesday, May 25th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The park is supported by the Center for STEM Learning at CU-Boulder and you can read more about the park here.

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:
Job openings:

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