Math Ed SaidMay 6: "Why Math Education Doesn't Add Up" along with a radio interview with Steven Strogatz appeared on PRI's Innovation Hub. Strogatz grapples with a tough truth: In general, most everyone gets through their adult lives just fine without using much of the high school math they were required to take. And yet while we all forget the quadratic formula, without consequence, we seem to collectively struggle with essential numeracy.
Shared by: Steven Strogatz, Dan Anderson, John Golden, Dan Meyer, Malyn Mawby, Dan Anderson, Jocelyn Dagenais, MathDDSB, OCTM, Steve Phelps, Earl Samuelson, Dan Allen
May 7: If there's been a more bizarrely disappointing story this year to hit TWiME, I can't remember it. "Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight" describes xenophobia and paranoia run amok.
Shared by: Kent Haines, Egan J Chernoff, Earl Samuelson, Francis Su, Michael Welch, Allison Krasnow, Shannon Houghton, Dave Richeson, Megan Schmidt, Robin Hosemann, Sahar Khatri, Amy Hogan, solve my maths, Nick Yates, Adrian Pumphrey, Andy Zsiga, Shannon Houghton, Eddi Vulić, Spencer Bagley, Keith Devlin, David Petro, T R, Ralph Pantozzi, Robbyn Glinsmann, Linda Hoang
May 8: Is this awkward? I feel like this is awkward. (Just kidding!) Somehow I didn't discover the weekly "Ontario Math Links" posts until a month or two ago, after I started TWiME. The Ontario Math Links predates TWiME by several years, and it's really my fault for not knowing about it. I'm happy to say that my posts and their posts are more complementary than redundant. The Ontario Math Links for the week ending May 6th, for example, highlights resources shared and talked about during the annual conference of the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education, something that didn't come up on TWiME.
Shared by: David Petro, Heather Theijsmeijer, Mark Chubb, Jon Orr, Matthew Oldridge, Kyle Pearce, Jennifer Lawler, Mary Bourassa, Laura Wheeler
May 9: On Monday people were (re)tweeting a post by John Rowe called "The Best Worksheet I have ever (re)written." It uses the "reversing the question" method credited to Fawn Nguyen to take some pretty run-of-the-mill textbook problems and give them some new direction.
Shared by: Jon Orr, Mary Bourassa, Eddi Vulić, Shelley Carranza, Amy Scales, Fawn Nguyen, WMC - WI MathCouncil, TODOS
May 10: Tuesday is Global Math Department day, and people were excited for Carl Oliver's "Teaching the Mathematical Practices Through Non-Routine Problems."
Shared by: Mary Gambrel, Global Math, Carl Oliver, Sharon Vestal, Geoff Krall, Megan Schmidt, April Pforts, Kent Haines
May 11: Instead of listening so much to Andrew Hacker, Patrick Honner says "When it Comes to Math Teaching, Let's Listen to Math Teachers."
The Saber-Tooth Curriculum (1939) to see how, possibly, some form of the Hacker debate has been happening since the dawn of mankind. From the math teachers I've been listening to (like here and elsewhere), this particular debate plays out more or less just as you'd expect: a system designed to open opportunities to more students (by putting more on a path to calculus) might inadvertently now be too restrictive and out-of-date (by making our mathematical pathways too narrow). It's a debate worth having, and Hacker is welcome to add his voice, but listening too much to any one voice is not a very good formula for progress.
Shared by: Math for America, Dan Anderson, Kate Nowak, Elizabeth Statmore, Ilana Horn, Tim Hudson, Jennifer Lawler, Keith Devlin, David Butler, Kathy H, James Tanton, Peg Cagle, Bowen Kerins, John Allen Paulos, Jack Brown
May 12: People were still buzzing about Patrick's post from the 11th, but not far behind were tweets about "Twitter 6000," a set of resources courtesy of the ATM.
Shared by: ATM, Learning Maths, The NCETM, solve my maths, Laura T, Danny Brown, Simon Gregg, Helen Williams
Around the Math Ed WebI mentioned Carl Oliver's Global Math talk above, and next week you should be on the lookout for "How Do They Relate? Teaching Students to Make Mathematical Connections by Global Math Department" by Tracy Zager.
- NCTM Research Conference: Not yet announced
- NCSM Annual Conference: June 1, 2016
- AMTE Annual Conference: May 15, 2016
- RUME Conference: There are two deadlines for the Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Conference: August 19, 2016 is the deadline for preliminary, theoretical, and contributed reports, and December 2, 2016, is the deadline for poster reports, and that has rolling acceptances. The next RUME conference is February 23-25, 2017, in San Diego.
Research NotesFirst up is the June 2016 issue of the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education:
- What Primary Students in the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan Value in Mathematics Learning: A Comparative Analysis by Qiaoping Zhang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Tasos Barkatsas, RMIT University; Huk-Yuen Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Yuh-Chyn Leu, National Taipei University of Education; Wee Tiong Seah, The University of Melbourne; Ngai-Ying Wong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- 'I Hate Maths: Why Do We Need to Do Maths?' Using iPad Video Diaries to Investigate Attitudes and Emotions Towards Mathematics in Year 3 and Year 6 Students by Kevin Larkin, Griffith University, and Robyn Jorgensen, University of Canberra
- Measuring Elementary Student's Mathematics Motivation: A Validity Study by Michael Orosco, University of California Riverside
- Strategies of Number Sense in Pre-service Secondary Mathematics Teachers by Rut Almeida, University of La Laguna; Alicia Bruno, University of La Laguna; and Josefa Perdomo-Díaz, University of Chile
- A Qualitative Research on Example Generation Capabilities of University Students by Yasemin Sağlam and Şenol Dost, Hacettepe University
- Construct Confounding Among Predictors of Mathematics Achievement by Katerina Schenke, University of California, Los Angeles; Teomara Rutherford, North Carolina State University; Arena C. Lam, WestEd; and Drew H. Bailey, University of California, Irvine (A quick look at the abstract suggests this might belong in the Begle's Second Law evidence file, and there's nothing wrong with that.)
- Promoting Quantitative Literacy in an Online College Algebra Course by Luke Tunstall, Michigan State University, and Michael Bossé, Appalachian State University
- What Conceptions have US Grade 4-6 Students' Generalized for Formal and Informal Common Representations of Unknown Addends? by J. Matt Switzer, Texas Christian University
- Students' Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation Level and Its Relationship with Their Mathematics Achievement by Meltem Acar Güvendır, Trakya University
- Mathematics Teachers' Professional Development Program - Needs and Expectations by Michael Levi-Keren and Dorit Patkin, Tel-Aviv University
- Course Redesign to Improve Pre-service Teacher Engagement and Confidence to Teach Mathematics: A Case Study in Three Parts by Kevin Larkin, Griffith University
- Student Reactions to Learning Theory Based Curriculum Materials in Linear Algebra – A Survey Analysis by Laurel Cooley, City University of New York; Draga Vidakovic, Georgia State University; William O. Martin, North Dakota State University; Scott Dexter, City University of New York; and Jeff Suzuki, City University of New York
- Student Errors in Dynamic Mathematical Environments by Molly Brown, West Lincoln High School; Michael J. Bossé, Appalachian State University; and Kayla Chandler, North Carolina State University
- Flipping an Introductory Biostatistics Course: A Case Study of Student Attitudes and Confidence by Travis M. Loux, Salus Center College for Public Health and Social Justice; Sara Emily Varner, and Matthew VanNatta
- Teaching Missing Data Methodology to Undergraduates Using a Group-Based Project Within a Six-Week Summer Program by Megan M. Marron, University of Pittsburgh, and Abdus S. Wahed
- Just-in-Time Teaching in Statistics Classrooms by Monnie McGee, Southern Methodist University, Lynne Stokes, and Pavel Nadolsky
- Repeated Random Sampling in Year 5 by Jane M. Watson, University of Tasmania, and Lyn D. English
- Interview With Robert W. Hayden by Allan J. Rossman, California Polytechnic State University, and Robert W. Hayden
- Comparison of Learning Outcomes for Simulation-based and Traditional Inference Curricula in a Designed Educational Experiment by Karsten Maurer, Miami University; and Dennis Lock, Iowa State University
Math Ed in ColoradoIt isn't math-specific, but you should be aware that CDE is conducting an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) listening tour around Colorado. There's still a lot of ESSA details to work out for CDE and districts alike, so if you want to know more or have some input, these meetings are a great place to start.
- Jonathan Brendefur is hosting the Developing Mathematical Thinking Institute (DMTI) in Denver from August 2-5, 2016. One workshop is targeted at grades K-2 and the other on grades 3-8.
- Sheridan, Colorado, teacher Julie Sweetman is facilitating some self-directed, online math classes about the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice through the Dominican University of California. There are other math classes available there as well.
- And let me mention (once again) the two NCTM summer institutes this summer in Denver:
- NEW: Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, CO, needs a math teacher for grades 9-12. At this time, the schedule includes Algebra 1 and several honors classes, including Precalculus. Bailey is a beautiful, small mountain community about an hour southwest of Denver and PCHS enrolls about 300 students. Class sizes are in the twenties or lower. Please apply to www.plattecanyonschools.org.
- Eagle Valley HS (Eagle County) is looking for a teacher certified to teach dual enrollment courses. Applicants who have taken masters-level math courses and can be credentialed with CMC to teach dual enrollment courses will receive strong consideration. See the school website for more information and here to apply for the job.
- Lake County School District in Leadville is looking for a 7th and 8th grade math teacher. If you are interested in joining a math department that combines Jo Boaler's work with Expeditionary Learning while living in a small town in the mountains, this job is for you. More information and an application can be found at their website.