Math Ed SaidMay 27: Graham Fletcher questions prizes and incentives in his post, "The Multiplication Sundae and the Bad Taste of Incentives."
Shared by: Graham Fletcher, Tracy Johnston Zager, Kassia Wedekind, Judy Keeney, Christina, Richelle Marynowski, Julie Kubiak, Jennifer Lawler, Megan Schmidt, Shauna Hedgepeth
May 28: Fawn Nguyen lists 51 things she's learned about teaching and growing in a post called, "Half Century Plus One." It's more about teaching and learning than eating and growing, but some items on the list are more about kindness.
Shared by: Bridget Dunbar, Laura Wagenman, Megan Heine, Jeremiah Ruesch, Amy Hogan, Daniel Luevanos, Brian Bushart, Nate Goza
May 29: Fawn Nguyen is back for a second day in a row to share about a resource called Dudamath. I've only played with it for a moment to get an idea of how it works, and I'll be interested to see if or how teachers find ways to apply it to problems of student learning.
Shared by: Fawn Nguyen, Sharon Vestal, Bridget Dunbar, John Golden, Ed Campos Jr, MathDDSB, Adrianne Burns
May 30: In a Scientific American blog post, Evelyn Lamb writes, "The Male Gaze in a Math Book." It's a reminder of all the gendered and sexist moments that we experience, and how unnecessary (and often hurtful) they are.
Shared by: Ashli Black, David Butler, Josh Giesbrecht, Michael Pershan, Evelyn Lamb, Amy Hogan, Joshua Bowman, Dave Radcliffe, Patrick Honner
|Is Eli Luberoff looking at you to be a Desmos teaching fellow?|
Shared by: Desmos.com, Dan Meyer, Eli Luberoff, Christopher Danielson, Andrew Shauver, Michael Fenton, Sara VanDerWerf, Shelley Carranza, Geoff Krall, Karl Fisch, J.J. Martinez, Vanessa Garcia
June 1: People were excited to share about a new proof related to the pattern-matching card game "Set." Reported in Quanta, "Set Proof Stuns Mathematicians" illustrates the game, previous approaches to the problem, and the relatively simple proof that surfaced last month.
Shared by: M Sgbi, Sherri Burroughs, Dan McQuillan, Steven Strogatz, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Bowen Kerins, MAA, Brian R Lawler, Ryan R Ruff, Museum of Math, Cassy Turner, Jennifer Cook
June 2: In another Desmos story, Ontario has approved the use of Desmos for a standardized math exam. Previously used in Texas, this enables an exam mode in Desmos that constrains use of the app in ways that allow it to replace a traditional graphing calculator in a testing environment. I thought TI might do this themselves with their own software, but thankfully Desmos is providing some needed competition in the calculator market.
Shared by: Dan Meyer, Jennifer Blinzler, Pam Wilson, Jon Orr, Patty Stephens, Kyle Pearce, Cathy Yenca, Julie Reulbach, Heather Theijsmeijer, Julia Finneyfrock, Rachel Rosales, Matthew Oldridge, Bryan Anderson, Mark Chubb, Gregory White, Judy Keeney
Around the Math Ed WebMy eyes haven't spent a whole lot of time pointed at social media the past week or two, so I'm a little futher out of touch with the math ed web than usual. Still, there's always the Global Math Department:
- Last Week: Bowin Kerins presented on the Mathematics of Game Shows, which will give you a chance to see this presentation if you missed it at NCTM.
- This Week: Roni Ellington will present "A Discourse Framework that Promotes Access, Equity, and Understanding." Tune in Tuesday night at 9 pm Eastern, as usual, to catch it live.
|Anne Garrison Wilhelm|
- Selecting Expertise in Context: Middle School Mathematics Teachers' Selection of New Sources of Instructional Advice by Anne Garrison Wilhelm, Southern Methodist University; I-Chien Chen, Michigan State University; Thomas M. Smith, University of California, Riverside; and Kenneth A. Frank, Michigan State University
- The concepts of area and perimeter: Insights and misconceptions of Grade 10 learners by France M. Machaba, University of South Africa
Math Ed in the News
- State education board, legislators collide over math (News & Observer)
- Alabama teacher disciplined for giving math test about guns, gangs, drugs and 'ho’s' (The Washington Post)
- Math teachers graduate with master's from Harvard (Valley Morning Star)
Math Ed in ColoradoThere's been a relative quiet as school years end, at least from my listening post. I hope everyone finished strong!
- 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. Registration for these closes July 1.
- July 18-20: Algebra Readiness Institute (6-8)
- July 21-23: Number and Operations Institute (Pk-5)
- NEW: The Clear Creek School District is looking for a middle school math teacher. Apply on their website.
- 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.
- There are still openings for math teachers in Eagle County. See here (elementary/intermediate) and here (high school).