Math Ed Said
Shared by: Fraction Talks, Debbie Hurtado, Jennifer Blinzler, Shaunda McQueeney, Scott Leverentz, Dan Anderson, Samuel, Ilana Horn, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Kimberly Wassmuth, Andrew Gael, Laura Wagenman, Kit G, Bridget Dunbar, John Golden
October 29: Two posts rose to the top this day. First, Tom Rademacher's talks about the lack of easy answers in "My Name Is Tom. I've Been a Teacher for 10 Years and I Still Get My Ass Kicked Nearly Every Day." Second, Mark Chubb lays out the long game in "How our district improved…." Far from the typical, "I tried this for two weeks and things are better," this post takes the 10-year view of math initiatives in his district and the long-term gains they're now enjoying.
Shared by: (for Tom) Kit, Becca Phillips, Mickie Gibbs, Laura Wagenman; (for Mark) Ann Elise Record, Mark Chubb, Tyler Anderson, Margie Pearse
October 30: Sara VanDerWerf wrote about "Visualizing Exponential, Power & Logarithmic Functions." The title is pretty self-explanatory and I suggest you check out the visualizations for yourself.
Shared by: Kit G, Bryan Anderson, Jennifer Lawler, David Butler, Heather Sugrue, Sara VanDerWerf, Ashley Bingenheimer
October 31: Graham Fletcher reintroduces a time estimation task in "The One-Handed Clock in a Digital Era."
Shared by: Dana Williams, Mark Chubb, Simon Gregg, Andrew Gael, Math Coach Rivera, Ryan Dent, Charlotte Sharpe, Mike Flynn, Graham Fletcher
November 1: Nat Banting illustrates a community cross-pollination effort with "#MTBoS Connected: Fraction Talks and WODB."
Shared by: Denise Gaskins, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Jocelyn Dagenais, Simon Gregg, Nat Banting, Fraction Talks
November 2: MindShift is back with "How One School Changed Its Math Culture, Starting With Teachers." The article focuses on one D.C. school that leveraged work on growth mindsets to change students' relationships with mathematics.
Shared by: Kimberly Wassmuth, Kristin Manna, Jennifer Lawler, Regan Galvan, John Golden, Nancy Terry
November 3: 2017 NCTM Regional Conference proposals are due December 1, and several people were encouraging each other to submit. There's less than a month to go, and don't let it get lost in the holidays! In 2017 the regionals are in Orlando and Chicago.
Shared by: Annie Fetter, Lisa Bejarano, David Coffey, Megan Schmidt, David Coffey, Nicole Bridge, NCTM, Zak Champagne, Graham Fletcher
Around the Math Ed WebRecently speaking for the Global Math Department was Karen Fuson and Steven Smith with "Children Living in Poverty Can Solve CCSS OA Word Problems." Next up is David Wees with "Teachers Learning Together: How Can Instructional Routines Help?."
Wednesday is the next #TCMchat, and the article for discussion is "Selecting and Sequencing Students' Solution Strategies" by Erin Meikle.
Congratulations to NCTM's newly elected board members Robert Q. Berry III, President-Elect; David Ebert, Director, High School Level; and three at-large directors: Linda Ruiz Davenport, DeAnn Huinker, and Daniel J. Teague. You can read more about the new board members on the NCTM website.
The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators is asking for feedback on a set of standards for math teacher preparation. The deadline to provide input is November 15.
PAEMST nominations are open and due April 1. The application process can take a while, so do it sooner rather than later!
Research NotesThe November 2016 issue of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education is out:
- Editorial: JRME: A Tale of Unicorns, Mastodons, and Ants by Cynthia W. Langrall
- Research Commentary: From Effective Curricula Toward Effective Curriculum Use by Megan Westwood Taylor, Sonoma State University
- "Our Issues, Our People—Math as Our Weapon": Critical Mathematics in a Chicago Neighborhood High School by Eric "Rico" Gutstein, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Making Mathematical Practices Explicit in Urban Middle and High School Mathematics Classrooms by Sarah Kate Selling, University of Utah
- Book Review: Scaling Mathematics Education by Bharath Sriraman, University of Montana
- Differential Access to High School Counseling, Postsecondary Destinations, and STEM Careers by Andrea B. Nikischer, Lois Weis and Rachel Dominguez, University at Buffalo
- Data Use Practices for Improved Mathematics Teaching and Learning: The Importance of Productive Dissonance and Recurring Feedback Cycles by Jolley Bruce Christman, Research for Action; Caroline B. Ebby, University of Pennsylvania; and Kimberly A. Edmunds, Equal Measure
- Does the Organization of Instruction Differ in Charter Schools? Ability Grouping and Students' Mathematics Gains by Mark Berends and Kristi Donaldson, University of Notre Dame
- Enabling Pupils to Conceive Part-Whole Relations of Numbers and Develop Number Sense: Year One of Primary Schools in Malaysia by Santi Sinnakaudan, Seffetullah Kuldas, Shahabuddin Hashim, and Munirah Ghazali, Universiti Sains Malaysia
- An Exploratory Study of a Story Problem Assessment: Understanding Children's Number Sense by Jessica F. Shumway, Arla Westenskow, and Patricia S. Moyer-Packenham, Utah State University
- Conjecturing, generalizing and justifying: Building theory around teacher knowledge of proving by Kristin Lesseig, Washington State University Vancouver
- A study of geometric understanding via logical reasoning in Hong Kong by Kin-Keung Poon and Chi-Keung Leung, The Education University of Hong Kong
- More than Counting Beats: Connecting Music and Mathematics in the Primary Classroom by Robyn Trinick, Gail Ledger, Karen Major, and Pamela Perger, University of Auckland
- Lexical Ambiguities in the Vocabulary of Statistics by Douglas Whitaker, University of Wisconsin-Stout
- Using Integer Manipulatives: Representational Determinism | Bosse | International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning by Michael J. Bosse, Appalachian State University; Kathleen Lynch-Davis, Coastal Carolina Univesity; Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi, East Carolina University; and Kayla Chandler, North Carolina State University
- The Correlation between Prospective Teachers' Knowledge of Algebraic Inverse Operations and Teaching Competency – using the square root as an example by Issic Kui Chiu Leung, The Education University of Hong Kong; Lin Ding, The Education University of Hong Kong; Allen Yuk Lun Leung, Hong Kong Baptist University; and Ngai Ying Wong, The Education University of Hong Kong
- Investigating the treatment of missing data in an Olympiad-type test – the case of the selection validity in the South African Mathematics Olympiad by Caroline Long, University of Johannesburg; Johann Engelbrecht, University of Pretoria; Vanessa Scherman, University of South Africa; and Tim Dunne, University of Cape Town
- Engaging with learners' errors when teaching mathematics by Ingrid Sapire, University of the Witwatersrand; Yael Shalem, University of the Witwatersrand; Bronwen Wilson-Thompson, University of the Witwatersrand; and Ronél Paulsen, University of South Africa
- Learners' errors in secondary algebra: Insights from tracking a cohort from Grade 9 to Grade 11 on a diagnostic algebra test by Craig Pournara, Jeremy Hodgen, Yvonne Sanders, and Jill Adler, University of Witwatersrand
Math Ed in the News
- Our View: Boosting math education (Midland Daily News)
- CSU Campuses Receive $1.28 Million Grants to Improve College-Level Math Readiness (The Sundial)
- UTEP's MaST Academy Recognizes ADP’s Commitment to Science and Math Education (El Paso Herald-Post)
- New book examines how psychometrics, math education can work together to make better math teachers (The University of Kansas)
- White House pushes for STEM education, mentorship (USA Today)
- Teachers Underestimate Girls' Math Abilities, Report Suggests (Education Week Teacher)
Math Ed in Colorado
Colorado Academic Standards SurveyIt's the last week to complete the standards perception survey! Please reply by November 13!
CDE invites educators, educational leaders, parents, students and the general public to share their perceptions of the Colorado Academic Standards through an online survey available through Nov. 13. To participate, click here.
The results of the survey will inform the department’s planning for the upcoming review and revision of the standards, required by Senate Bill 08-212, known as Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K). The law requires a review and revision of the CAS on or before July 1, 2018 and every six years thereafter.
In addition to the survey on general perceptions of the standards, CDE will launch an online feedback system in November which will enable all educators and others to provide specific feedback on every expectation within the 10 content areas included in the Colorado Academic Standards.
In early 2017, CDE will provide comprehensive information about the timeline and phases of the standards review and revision process as well as information about how to become involved.
The survey and online standards feedback system can be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/casreview. General questions and comments about the review and revision process can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Science Standards MeetingsDuring the 2016 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 16-1198 requiring CDE to develop academic standards for computer science for secondary students. The new law allows districts to elect to adopt these standards for their high school students. These voluntary, secondary computer science standards must be adopted by the State Board of Education by July 2018, and CDE is hosting three stakeholder meetings in October and November to engage a broad array of stakeholders to inform the development process:
- Monday, November 14 in Denver
- Thursday, November 17 in Grand Junction
COmath CalendarDuring a CCTM board meeting a number of us were discussing ways to help bring Colorado math educators together. One idea was to have a centralized calendar, not just for CCTM events, but for all events of interest to math educators in Colorado. You can access it here:
- ICS format (to use in a calendar app): https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/cctmath.org_3m8n1fjt6jtidsj52etdgaelnc%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
- HTML format (opens in a browser; use button on lower right to add to your Google Calendar): https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=cctmath.org_3m8n1fjt6jtidsj52etdgaelnc%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Denver