This Week in Math Ed: April 8, 2016

Math Ed Said

April 1: Last Friday people were looking forward to Kasi Allen's presentation to the Global Math Department, "Math Trauma: Healing Our Classrooms, Our Students, and Our Discipline." You can watch the replay of her session here:

Shared by: Kasi C. Allen, Jennifer Lawler, Gregory White, Global Math, Sahar Khatri

April 2: Three links were each shared three times last Saturday:
Shared by: MAA, Farshid Safi, Martin Joyce, Brian Bushart, Marilyn Burns, Bridget Dunbar, Janice Novakowski, Kristin Gray, NCTM

April 3: More ties: six people each shared links to the details of Marian Small's upcoming talk at NCTM and a Guardian story about the upcoming movie about Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Shared by: NCTM, Katherine Hansen, Jenni Clausen, Laura Wagenman, Christina Sherman, Daniel Luevanos, Steven Strogatz, Dan Anderson, MAA, George Woodbury, Egan Chernoff, Garrod Musto

April 4: For Square Root Day, a number of people (a perfect square number of people, in fact) re/tweeted a link to an article by Kyle Schultz and Stephen Bismarck in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, "Radical Thoughts on Simplifying Square Roots."

Shared by: NCTM, Connected Math CMP, Ashley Bingenheimer, Theodore Chao, The Math Forum, Brian Brennan, Robert Cop, Greg George, Jennifer Bay-Williams

April 5: Don't extrapolate using only two data points, says Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Shared by: Ashli Black, Shauna Hedgepeth, Taylor Belcher, Kate Nowak, Josh Fisher, John Golden

April 6: Easily the most popular post of the week, 20 people shared the link to Katrina Schwartz's KQED MindShift article, "Could This Digital Math Tool Change Instruction For the Better?." If we stick with Betteridge's law of headlines our answer should be "no," which is generally appropriate when ed tech is involved. But given this is about Desmos and the work Dan Meyer and others are doing with the Desmos platform, I think we can ignore Betteridge's law with this story. If anyone sees Katrina next week at NCTM, please thank her for me for all the solid reporting she's been doing, will ya?

Shared by: Nancy Terry, Tara Maynard, David Coffey, Derek Oldfield, Terry Jones, Dan Meyer, Andrew Gael, Andrew Shauver, Elizabeth Statmore, Joce Dage, Cathy Yenca, Jon Orr, Matt Owen, Jonathan Osters, Julie Kindred, Tyler Anderson, Megan Schmidt, Scott, Regan Galvan, Martin Joyce

April 7: There's been some discussion about mathematical modeling, its importance, and how to to about it over on Dan Meyer's blog. The latest comes in the post, "A Response to Danny Brown & Geoff Wake: Should Modeling Be Important?."

Shared by: Danny Brown, Dan Meyer, Bob Lochel, Brian Lawler, Eddi Vulić, Jennifer Blinzler, Sara VanDerWerf, Nicol Reiner, Mary Williams, Bridget Dunbar

Around the Math Ed Web

NCTM, NCTM, NCTM. The Annual Meeting and associated events are upon us! I don't know about you, but I don't feel like there's room for much else in math ed, at least not for the next week or so.

Research Notes

Just a week after putting out the April 2016 issue, the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education is back for May with these math-related articles:
New in the Journal of the Learning Sciences, you'll find this:
New in the Journal of Teacher Education:
Charalambous Charalambous presenting at AERA in 2014.

Math Ed in the News

The math wars in Canada seem particularly active this week. I'm just including a couple of articles, but a quick Google News search will give you more.

Math Ed in Colorado

Three big CCTM items:
  • CCTM members have until 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.
CoMMIT (the Colorado Metropolitan Math Intervention Team) is having their spring meeting on April 21 from 9-noon at the Boulder Valley SD Education Center (6500 E. Arapahoe Rd) in Boulder. Kim Bunning, CU Teach Master Teacher at CU-Boulder, will be the presenter.

The next FRaMES (Front Range Mathematics Education Seminar) meeting will be held Friday, April 22 at 4pm on the Centerra campus of UNC. Sandra Laursen, Chuck Hayward, and Zachary Haberler, from the Ethnography and 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:
Job Openings: