This Week in Math Ed: September 9, 2016

Math Ed Said

September 2: Keeping its momentum from last week, Tracy Johnston Zager's post "How Not To Start Math Class in the Fall" was again most-shared.

Shared by: Joe Schwartz, Matthew Oldridge, Amie Albrecht, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Geoff Krall, Judy Keeney, Jennifer Lawler

September 3: In a post from war-torn Canada (math wars, that is), Paul Wells's op-ed in the Toronto Star says "No, teaching math the 'old-fashioned way' won't work."

Shared by: Mike Maki, Earl Samuelson, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Laura Wheeler, Matthew Oldridge, Egan J Chernoff, Melinda Lula, Robert Cop, Matthew Oldridge, Tyler Anderson, Richelle Marynowski, Taylor Belcher, Andy Martinson, Nat Banting, DeAnn Huinker, Susan Wilson, Jocelyn Dagenais, Keith Devlin, Gregory Taylor, Tracy Johnston Zager, Kit G, Jennifer Lawler

September 4: Christopher Danielson has been writing at a companion site for his new book, Which One Doesn't Belong?

Shared by: Tracy Johnston Zager, Karen King, Kassia Wedekind, David Coffey, Matthew Oldridge, Kit G, Christopher Danielson, Alison Hansel, Janice Novakowski

September 5: With the U.S. elections about two months away, I'm sure this won't be the last presidential campaign-related post we'll see popularly shared amongst the math teachers in my list. Paul Krugman wrote, "Hillary Clinton Gets Gored."

Shared by: Karen King, Keith Devlin, Wendy Menard, Mark Dittmer, Paul Morris, Paul Morris, Audrey McLaren, Eddi Vulić

September 6: As often happens on Tuesdays, people are sharing about that night's talk in the Global Math Department. This week it was "Cultivating Mathematical Reasoning" with Marian Small.

Shared by: Matthew Oldridge, Glenn Waddell, Jr., Global Math, Jill Gough, Megan Hayes-Golding, Alison Hansel, Deborah Boden, Carl Oliver, Andrew Gael, Jonathan Klupp

September 7: Desmos has a scientific calculator. That is all.

Shared by: Christopher Danielson, David Petersen, Gregory Taylor, Nik Doran, Kent Haines, David Sabol, Audrey McLaren, John Golden, David Coffey, Sarah Carter, John Carter, Ann Gaffney, Chris Mueller

September 8: Amy Hogan writes about "Statistics Education & Social Justice" in her latest post, in which she talks about collecting ideas for including social justice into statistics courses. If you have something to contribute, she links to a Google Doc from her post.

Shared by: Amy Hogan, Steve Phelps, Megan Schmidt, Shauna Hedgepeth, Kay Endriss, Brian R Lawler, Anna Blinstein, Glenn Waddell, Jr.

Around the Math Ed Web

On the 13th the Global Math Department will talk about "How Definitions of Math & Equity Relate to Who Excels in Our Classes."

I'm sure I'm missing things — if you think I am, let me know what else I can include!

Research Notes

The September 2016 issue of the Mathematics Education Research Journal is out:

Daniel Reinholz, presenting at the 2015 RME conference
From AERA Open, an article about a math game:

Math Ed in the News

Math Ed in Colorado


Professional Learning Opportunities

Do you have English learners in your class? Do you want to know more about how to help them access mathematical content? Rebekah Ottenbreit of CDE is offering "Teaching Math to English Learners" on October 18 in Grand Junction. The all-day workshop will offer tools and strategies for making math more accessible to English learners through teaching the Colorado English Proficiency (CELP) standards. You can register for the workshop on the CDE website.

Colorado School of Mines will offer weekly Saturday training sessions focused on Computer Science Principles. They are following the curriculum starting with Unit 2 on Saturday, September 10. You are welcome to attend any of the units/lessons that you think might be valuable, whether you are using or not. Details can be found at the C-START website under the CS Principles link.

Mathematics and Science Partnerships

The 2016-2017 MSP request for proposal (RFP) materials are available on the CDE website. This year's priority is the recruitment and retention of math and science teachers in high need schools. An application training webinar will be held Wednesday, September 28, from 10:00-11:00. See the website for registration details and the list of eligible schools.