This Week in Math Ed: May 27, 2016

I hope everyone had a restful holiday weekend! This week's TWiME is coming out later than most (I got sucked deep into some project work!), but don't let that keep you from checking out all the great things to hit the world of math ed last week.

Math Ed Said

Ilana Horn at the 2016 NCTM Research Conference
May 20: Ilana Horn wrote, "Who Belongs in our Math Classrooms?," a wonderful post about student affect and what kind of teacher actions and classroom cultures get in the way of students feeling like they belong.

Shared by: Ilana Horn, Bryan Anderson, Andrew Gael, Annie Forest, danny brown, Anne Schwartz, Fawn Nguyen, Ed Campos Jr, Sadie Estrella, Ron King, Tracy Johnston Zager, Evan Weinberg, Sara VanDerWerf, Bryan Meyer

May 21: Are you ready for "The Summer of Math?" Christopher Danielson is, and he wants to help you be ready, too. Christopher has put together a subscription service where you can get a monthly box of math goodies to help keep your kids thinking mathematically all summer long.

Shared by: Christopher Danielson, casey, A. O. Fradkin, Justin Lanier, Janice Novakowski, Kassia Wedekind, Megan Schmidt, Elizabeth Statmore, Martin Joyce, Nicole Bridge, Brian Bushart, Kent Haines, Laura Wagenman, Malke Rosenfeld, Bryan Anderson

May 22: John Rowe shows off a number of approaches to periodic functions, each of which was inspired by work of other Twitter-using math teachers. In this post you'll see a mix of "Which One Doesn't Belong," some Desmos activities, and "reversing the question."

Shared by: John Rowe, Mary Bourassa, WODB? Math, Fawn Nguyen, Taylor Belcher, Patty Stephens, Chris Mueller, Jennifer Lawler, Matt Sheelen, Martin Joyce

May 23: Katrina Schwartz is back yet again with another post on the KQED MindShift blog. "How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is 'Smart' uses the recent NCTM session about "Railside High" to describe complex instruction and efforts to change the culture of math classrooms and math departments.

Shared by: Nancy Terry, POWER Org Math, Bryan Meyer, John Golden, Samuel, NCTM, Emily Campbell, Bryan Anderson, SFUSD Math, Jennifer Lawler, Nicola Petty, Susan Davidson, Kaitie O'Bryan, Earl Samuelson, USU TeachMath, Ashley Bingenheimer, Clint Chan, Brian R Lawler, DeAnn Huinker, Geoff Krall

May 24: In a post about so-called "second math classes," Sara VanDerWerf describes "The #1 thing I did in my support math classes." Sara provides a long list of good ideas, focusing in on what she thinks is the single most important thing to help students who persistently struggle in math classes.

Shared by: Monica Brannan, Laura Wagenman, Meg Craig, Shelley Carranza, Jennifer Cook, Sara VanDerWerf, Jennifer Blinzler, Kathryn Freed

May 25: Jamie Duncan wrote "First Grade Fraction Talks... What?." I wondered how she did this without straying too far from the Grade 1 standards, but I think she did so rather nicely — there's no use of fraction notation, and students reasoned their way by focusing on the number and relative sizes of shapes.

Shared by: Jamie Duncan, Nat Banting, Fraction Talks, Ashley Bingenheimer, Andrew Gael, Chris Kalmbach, judy keeney, Genni Steele, Steve Wyborney, Shelley Carlisle, Amie Albrecht, Damian Watson, Andrew Stadel

May 26: Fawn Nguyen shared a post called, "A Lesson Salvaged" in which she describes how a MAP went poorly, and how she gave the task a second try with the help of Geometer's Sketchpad.

Shared by: Fawn Nguyen, John Golden, Kay Endriss, Adrianne Burns, Bridget Dunbar, Taylor Belcher

Around the Math Ed Web

I'm keeping this very short and very simple this week: Last week's Global Math Department talk is here (on interleaved problems), this week's is here (on the math behind game shows), and be aware that due to technical difficulties, NCSM has extended their proposal deadline for next year's annual conference to June 3rd.

Research Notes

The first few articles have been added to the September 2016 volume of The Journal of Mathematical Behavior:
In what's being called "Volume 2, Issue 2 Supplement" for July 2016 (rather than Issue 6, I guess, which would have been next), here's more from the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education:
Here's something mathy and new from Teaching and Teacher Education:
The University of Exeter reorganized their website and wiped out Paul Ernest's archives of the Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal. I found Ernest's new faculty page and hope an updated link appears there soon.

Math Ed in the News

There really wasn't a whole lot of math ed-related news for the 7 days of May 20-26, but I found this (and look forward to seeing how Common Core is discussed in Texas at next year's NCTM Annual Meeting in San Antonio):

Math Ed in Colorado

I have little new to report here, but I'm excited that Geometry Point in Romero Park is open in Lafayette! I'll have to grab my camera and check it out someday soon.

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