Math Ed SaidAugust 26: An academic genealogy analysis featured in Nature found that the majority of mathematicians hail from just 24 scientific 'families'. The Mathematics Genealogy Project extends into mathematics education. I've traced back my own academic roots here.
Shared by: Francis Su, Dana C. Ernst, Justin Lanier, Steven Strogatz, OCTM, Evelyn Lamb
August 27: Annie Perkins shared some wonderful experiences from "Math-on-a-Stick!," the Minnesota State Fair (where other good things come on sticks) exhibit that engages kids in mathematics.
Shared by: Annie Perkins, Tracy Johnston Zager, Megan Schmidt, Sara VanDerWerf, Sharon Vestal, Ilona Vashchyshyn
August 28: Lately I've been seeing parts of the world through one of two lenses: one, a "solution to a problem" lens, and two, a "not a solution but we should have it anyway" lens. A NYT piece by Christopher Emdin titled "Why Black Men Quit Teaching," shines brightly through the second of those lenses. Simply having teachers of color, particularly black men, is not by itself a solution. We absolutely should have a diverse teaching workforce, where students of any underrepresented background can see in their teachers someone like themselves who is professional, intellectual, and a leader. But as Emdin points out, there are structural and systemic issues in teaching and education that also need to be addressed, regardless of the color of the teachers.
Shared by: Terry Jones, Karen King, Wendy Menard, Chris Shore, David Coffey
August 29: With more Minnesota goodness, Sara VanDerWerf appeared on her local news to talk about the variety of math graphing tools and to spread the word about the need for donated technology (old calculators, smartphones, and tablets) that can be used in the classroom.
Shared by: Sara VanDerWerf, Megan Schmidt, Andy Martinson, Laura Wagenman, Bryan Anderson, David Keller, Jonathan Osters
August 30: Graham Fletcher is serving on the 2017 Orlando NCTM Regional Program Committee and asks for your input with his post, "Building a Conference."
Shared by: Graham Fletcher, Matt Larson, Nanette Johnson, Zak Champagne, Nicole Bridge
August 31: Dan Meyer wrote to tell us that Christopher Danielson's latest book, Which One Doesn't Belong, has been released.
Shared by: Dan Meyer, Sara VanDerWerf, Ilana Horn, Martin Joyce, Nancy Terry, Tyler Anderson, Christopher Danielson, Megan Schmidt, Tracy Johnston Zager, Bridget Dunbar, Jill Gough, Spencer Olmsted
September 1: One year I began the school year with not one, but two days of syllabus-explaining and rule-laying-down. It was bad. Later I figured out what Tracy Johnston Zager writes about in her post, "How Not To Start Math Class in the Fall."
Shared by: Mark Chubb, Tracy Johnston Zager, Chris Hunter, Annie Forest, Kassia Wedekind, Alex Overwijk, Susan Davidson, Karyn Vogel, Bridget Dunbar, Danielle Reycer, Dan Anderson, Alison Hansel, Cal Armstrong, WMC - WI MathCouncil, Richelle Marynowski, Jami D. Packer, Ilana Horn, Nanette Johnson, Annie Perkins, Janice Novakowski, Tim Hudson
Around the Math Ed WebDo you want to present at the 2017 NCTM Research Conference? If yes, you'd better hurry up and submit a proposal — they're due by September 4!
Mike Flynn caught my attention recruiting people to join a Virtual Math PLC.
The National Girls Collaborative Project is hosting a webinar titled "The Importance of a Growth Mindset: Action Steps for Educators" on September 21.
Last week the Global Math Department made sense of logarithms, and this Tuesday they'll be Cultivating Mathematical Reasoning with Marian Small.
Research NotesI haven't looked through the research in a few weeks, so hold on for a long list! Let's start with a new article in Educational Researcher:
- Evaluating Longitudinal Mathematics Achievement Growth by Lina Shanley, University of Oregon
- Gender in STEM Education: an Exploratory Study of Student Perceptions of Math and Science Instructors in the United Arab Emirates by Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi and Ernest Afari, The Petroleum Institute
- A Study on Sixth Grade Students' Misconceptions and Errors in Spatial Measurement: Length, Area, and Volume by Gulcin Tan Sisman, Hacettepe University; and Meral Aksu, Middle East Technical University
- History of Mathematics in Korean Mathematics Textbooks: Implication for Using Ethnomathematics in Culturally Diverse School by Mi-Kyung Ju, Hanyang University; Jong-Eun Moon, Hanyang University; and Ryoon-Jin Song, University of Wisconsin Madison
- Explaining Student Achievement: the Influence of Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Statistics by Rosemary Callingham, University of Tasmania; Colin Carmichael, Charles Sturt University; and Jane M. Watson, University of Tasmania
- Student Motivation and Learning in Mathematics and Science: A Cluster Analysis by Betsy L. L. Ng, W. C. Liu, and John C. K. Wang, Nanyang Technological University
- Mathematics Learning Development: the Role of Long-Term Retrieval by Carlos O. Calderón-Tena, California State University, Fresno; and Linda C. Caterino, Arizona State University
- Detracking and Tracking Up: Mathematics Course Placements in California Middle Schools, 2003–2013 by Thurston Domina, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Paul Hanselman, University of California, Irvine; NaYoung Hwang, University of California, Irvine; and Andrew McEachin, RAND
- Taking Stock: MTE's Contribution to Building a Knowledge Base for the Practice of Mathematics Teacher Education by Kristen Bieda, Michigan State University
- Supporting Novice Teachers in Leading Discussions That Reach a Mathematical Point: Defining and Clarifying Mathematical Ideas by Erin E. Baldinger, University of Minnesota; Sarah Kate Selling, University of Utah; and Rajeev Virmani, University of Saint Joseph
- Developing an Interview Module to Support Secondary PST's Noticing of Student Thinking by Kristin Lesseig, Washington State University Vancouver, Stephanie Casey; Eastern Michigan University, Debra Monson, University of St. Thomas; Erin E. Krupa, Montclair State University; and Maryann Huey, Drake University
- Unpacking the Practice of Probing Student Thinking by Dawn Teuscher, Brigham Young University; J. Matt Switzer, Texas Christian University; and Tyler Morwood, Brigham Young University
- Translating Learning Trajectories Into Useable Tools for Teachers by Cyndi Edgington, North Carolina State University; P. Holt Wilson, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Paola Sztajn, North Carolina State University; and Jared Webb, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Variables in Elementary Mathematics Education by Bárbara M. Brizuela, Tufts University
- Fostering First Graders' Reasoning Strategies with Basic Sums: The Value of Guided Instruction by David J. Purpura, Purdue University; Arthur J. Baroody, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Michael D. Eiland, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Erin E. Reid, Erikson Institute
- Truth, Lies, and Videotapes: Embracing the Contraries of Mathematics Teaching by Sandra Crespo, Michigan State University
- Secondary mathematics coaching: The components of effective mathematics coaching and implications by Priscilla Bengo, University of Toronto
- Assessing Fun Items' Effectiveness in Increasing Learning of College Introductory Statistics Students: Results of a Randomized Experiment by Lawrence M. Lesser, The University of Texas at El Paso; Dennis K. Pearl, The Pennsylvania State University; and John J. Weber III, Georgia State University
- Markov Processes: Exploring the Use of Dynamic Visualizations to Enhance Student Understanding by Maxine Pfannkuch and Stephanie Budgett, The University of Auckland
- Diverse Perspectives on a Flipped Biostatistics Classroom by Todd A. Schwartz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Rebecca R. Andridge, The Ohio State University; Kirstin L. Sainani, Stanford University; Dalene K. Stangle, Duke University; and Megan L. Neely, Duke University Medical Center
- Café Data 2.0: New Data From a New and Improved Café by Concetta A. DePaolo, David F. Robinson, and Aimee Jacobs, Indiana State University
- Interview With Soma Roy by Allan J. Rossman and Soma Roy, California Polytechnic State University
- Student Approaches to Constructing Statistical Models using TinkerPlots™ by Jennifer Noll and Dana Kirin, Portland State University
Math Ed in the News
- Study: IES-funded research improves quality of math education (Vanderbilt University)
- Palo Alto school district committee drops Everyday Math (Palo Alto Weekly)
- A place where 'nerds and geeks come together': Schools spend millions on STEM studies (Dallas Morning News)
- Math programs at Lincoln filling gaps and helping children (Rexburg Standard Journal)
Math Ed in Colorado
Award Winning Teachers!I am super happy to share that the White House has announced new PAEMST awardees, and two of Colorado's math teachers have been honored:
- Carolyn Jordan, a teacher at Normandy Elementary School in Littleton
- Lisa Bejarano, a teacher at Aspen Valley High School in Colorado Springs (read more)
CCTM ConferenceThe 2016 CCTM Conference is only weeks away! Please join me and math teachers from across the state on September 22-23 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. Thursday will feature two pre-sessions:
Classrooms should be where all students engage in rigorous mathematics, reason mathematically, justify and defend their thinking, and critique the reasoning of others. Engage in this session with activities and discussions, and to examine your beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics for all students.
Join math leaders and school and district administrators to explore rubrics for evaluating curricular materials, learn about open resources, and make reviewing materials a professional learning opportunity for teachers.
Math on the "Planes"Registration for the February 2017 Conference opens September 15. Because of the highly interactive nature of the conference, each of the two workshops will be limited to 60 participants. You can find more information on the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities website.
Dr. Karen Karp will lead these workshops. She is a visiting professor in the Ed.D. Program in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. For twenty-one years prior to this appointment, she was Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Early and Elementary Childhood Education at the University of Louisville.
- Aurora is looking for three math teachers, including a 7th grade math teacher for Aurora Hills Middle School. Contact Susan Shaw, Math Teaching Partner, for more information.
- Denver Public Schools needs an 8th grade math teacher at Farrell B. Howell K-8. If you need more information, contact Katie Johnson, MS Math Curriculum Specialist.
Math and Neuroscience Research OpportunityJennifer Jacobs at CU Boulder is interested in researching early elementary students with and without language processing difficulties and how that relates to math ability. If you are interested in having a child participate, you can contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' CircleOver at rmmtc.ucdenver.edu you can find the 2016-2017 dates for the meetings of the Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' Circle, as well as information about RSVPing for each session.
PARCCFYI: PARCC has updated their practice tests to match their latest test designs.
PARCC has also kept me busy over the last month — for several days I immersed myself in high school geometry and helped select items for future field tests, and later I met with other math educators from around the country to examine the data collected from test items that had already been field tested. In both cases, the goal is to come away with the best possible set of items to consider for future tests. If you have questions about the process, feel free to ask!