Math Ed SaidApril 29: The New York Times featured a story and set of graphs titled "Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares." The title is a little misleading, as the expert in the study specifically warns against using this data for ranking. What you should really be getting from this story is the sheer pervasiveness of inequality that's predicted by race and income, regardless of place. These are not problems you can just say happen somewhere else.
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April 30: The Curriculum Matters blog in Education Week ran a story a couple weeks ago asking, "The Search for Common-Core Curricula: Where Are Teachers Finding Materials?" I seem to frequently find myself in conversations about curriculum coherence and the cobbling together of materials teachers are either finding or developing themselves. This post summarizes some findings from a RAND Corporation study, and it's good to get some numbers to go with the stories I've been hearing about curriculum selection and use.
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May 1: "Reflections on a Career in Teaching" is a great post by David Bressoud, who finished his last teaching assignment this semester. David admits that most of the important lessons he's learned by teaching are ones many others already new, but that there's no replacement for digging in and doing the work yourself.
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May 2: Graham Fletcher's ShadowCon talk, "Becoming a Better Storyteller," is now online and was the focus of a Twitter chat. Graham mixes a few messages here, but my overall takeaway is the need to shake ourselves of our assumptions about what our math curriculum should include. I went through a moment like this a few years ago when I went looking for mentions of absolute value in the Common Core State Standards. Yes, absolute value is in the standards, but I couldn't find anything about solving absolute value equations. Graham shows in his talk that there's no call in the CCSS to simplify fractions. What can you find (or not find) in your standards?
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May 3: How had I not heard of Eugenia Cheng? If you don't know who she is, see this feature in The New York Times: "Eugenia Cheng Makes Math a Piece of Cake."
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May 4: Wednesday was Kaneka Turner's turn to have her ShadowCon talk featured and chatted about on Twitter. "Extending the Invitation to Be "Good" at Math. For me, I was "invited to the math party" in about seventh grade — I was asked to join the MathCounts team and spent my study halls helping my math teacher check homework, organize for class, and design class activities. I've been pointed in the same general direction pretty much ever since.
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|Geoff Krall at the 2015 NCTM Annual Meeting|
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Around the Math Ed WebThe deadlines for submitting proposals for the NCTM Annual Meeting and AMATYC have passed, but there are other dates on the horizon:
- 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 NotesThere are only new articles from two journals this week, but they're from what some would say are the two most prominent journals. First, the May 2016 issue of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education is out:
- Improving Mathematics Learning of Kindergarten Students Through Computer-Assisted Instruction by Matthew E. Foster and Jason L. Anthony, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Doug H. Clements and Julie Sarama, University of Denver; Jeffrey M. Williams, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- More Than Just Skill: Examining Mathematics Identities, Racialized Narratives, and Remediation Among Black Undergraduates by Gregory V. Larnell, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Prospective Elementary Teachers Making Sense of Multidigit Multiplication: Leveraging Resources by Ian Whitacre, Florida State University; Susan D. Nickerson, San Diego State University
- Explorations of Shifting Forms of Numerical Representations and Cognitive Functions Grounded in and Emergent From Changing Collective Practices, a book review by Ylva Jannok Nutti, Sámi University College, Norway; Jrène Rahm, Université de Montréal, Canada
- Surveying Current Research on Young Children's Mathematical Learning, a book review by Amanda L. Miller and Jeffrey E. Barrett, Illinois State University
- A framework for proofs and refutations in school mathematics: Increasing content by deductive guessing by Kotaro Komatsu, Shinshu University
- Students' use of slope conceptualizations when reasoning about the line of best fit by Stephanie Casey, Eastern Michigan University, and Courtney Nagle, Penn State Erie
- Do explicit number names accelerate pre-kindergarteners' numeracy and place value acquisition? by Suzanne Magargee and Judith Beauford, University of the Incarnate Word
- Promoting middle school students' proportional reasoning skills through an ongoing professional development programme for teachers by Annette Hilton, Geoff Hilton, The University of Queensland; Shelley Dole, University of the Sunshine Coast; and Merrilyn Goos, The University of Queensland
- Putting the unit in pre-service secondary teachers' unit circle by Kevin Moore, Kevin LaForest, and Hee Jung Kim, University of Georgia (also: erratum)
- Reinventing fractions and division as they are used in algebra: the power of preformal productions by Frederick Peck, University of Montana; and Michael Matassa, University of Colorado Boulder
- Book Review: The power of a great introduction. Karp, Alexander, Schubring, Gert (Eds.) (2014). Handbook on the history of mathematics education by Snezana Lawrence, Bath Spa University
Math Ed in the News
- Animas High makes math, biology fun with escape room (The Durango Herald)
- Math education deserves support and attention (essay) (Inside Higher Ed)
- James B. Taylor dies at 89; math teacher was one of L.A. Unified's first black principals (LA Times)
- Math sums up teaching career (Culpeper Star-Exponent)
- Teaching mathematics creates beautiful minds (Miami Herald)
- Popular K-6 Math Curriculum Deemed Unaligned to Common Core (Education Week; Interesting to me that so much of this focuses on Everyday Math when six different sets of materials appear to have similar ratings)
- Overhaul of NC high school math courses underway (The News & Observer)
Math Ed in ColoradoLast Saturday I attended a CCTM board meeting, and I really appreciate the amount of attention and detail that goes into trying to represent Colorado's math teachers the best we can. There were also a few resources shared that you should know about:
- The GAIMME Report gives guidelines for mathematical modeling.
- NCTM's ARCs are multi-lesson resources that bring together previous NCTM resources with new materials, activities, and structures to give them more coherence.
Yesterday, I attended the last Colorado Math Leaders (CML) meeting of the year. Similar to the CCTM meeting, a lot of conversation comes around to making sure anyone who wants to participate in CML can, whether it be in person, the listserv, or other activities we might hold. If you're a math leader in your district — regardless of what title you officially hold — let me know if you want to know more about CML.
NCTM is offering two summer institutes this summer in Denver:
- NEW: 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.
|Fred Peck (with David Webb, advisor)|
|Ryan Grover (with David Webb, advisor)|