This Week in Math Ed: April 1, 2016

Math Ed Said

March 25: Last Friday a number of people were retweeting Keith Jones:
This looks like a great event from the British Educational Research Association to bring researchers and teachers together.

Shared by: Tim Stirrup, Learning Maths, Steve McCormack, Better Maths, Jo Morgan

March 26: Following Betteridge's law of headlines, of course, the answer to this one is "no." "Reckon you were born without a brain for maths? Highly unlikely" ran in The Guardian last weekend and (not surprisingly) got support from our Twitter-using math(s) education community.

Shared by: Tim Stirrup, Jo Morgan, Richard Cowley, Gregory White, Laura T, Marcus du Sautoy, Egan Chernoff, Matthew Oldridge, Susan Wilson, Sara Delano Moore, Learning Maths, Gregory Taylor

Michael Pershan presenting at the 2015 NCTM Annual Meeting.
March 27: Nine more people shared the previous day's most popular story, but that number was matched by those sharing Michael Pershan's "Best of 2016 (Q1)," which describes his favorite posts from January through March of this year.

Shared by: Michael Pershan, Dan Anderson, John Golden, Joe Schwartz, Kent Haines, Gregory Taylor, Raymond Johnson, Sahar Khatri, Jon Orr

March 28: The Guardian's story kept going strong with six more reshares, but was matched by a Washington Post story about some uniform fun by Romania's soccer team.

Shared by: MAA, George Woodbury, Marc van Zanten, CPM Director, Mathman Jon, Egan Chernoff

March 29: Heeee's baaaaack! A whole lot of people took time on Tuesday to tweet about Evelyn Lamb's review in Slate of Andrew Hacker's The Math Myth.

Shared by: Mathematics cian, John Allen Paulos, George Woodbury, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Joshua Bowman, Dave Richeson, Kent Haines, Dave Radcliffe, Glenn Waddell, Egan Chernoff, Ted Lewis, Ilana Horn, Taylor Belcher, Patrick Honner, Kate Nowak, Amy Hogan, Amy Spies, Geoff Krall, Carrie Muir

March 30: Dan Meyer talks good deeds in "Real World, But Unnecessary" while Ben Orlin has some fun with radical expressions. Both had five re/tweets each.

Shared by: Dan Meyer, Kyle Pearce, Greg George, Jessica Faurote, Richelle Marynowski, michiexile, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Susan Wilson, Jedidiah Butler, Ed Campos

March 31: Eleven people shared Katrina Schwartz's KQED MindShift post, "When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges." This gets into the metacognition work of Project Zero, which goes beyond simply "thinking about thinking."

Shared by: Nancy Terry, Malyn Mawby, Shelley Carlisle, geonz, Bridget Dunbar, Jennifer Lawler, DeAnn Huinker, Marcie Lewis, Cindy Brown, Darren Burris, Jennifer Blinzler

Around the Math Ed Web

It's April, so here in the U.S. that means hundreds — no, wait — thousands of us math education folks are gearing up for our big conference(s). For me this year, there are four over a 9-day period:
  1. Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM) Annual Meeting
  2. National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) Annual Conference
  3. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Research Conference
  4. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual Meeting and Exposition
A Google Doc has floated around the web for months now where presenters from the Twitter community have promoted themselves. (I finally broke down and added the presentations I'm in. I don't want an empty room!) I'd recommended checking out this list, but be sure to look at the rest of the program, too!

Speaking of conferences, AMTE's call for proposals for next February's conference opened today and will close May 15. It's also not too early to think about the next NCTM Annual Meeting in San Antonio in April of 2017 — the deadline for speaker proposals for next year is May 1.

If you missed it last week, TODOS and NCSM jointly released a position paper called "Mathematics Education Through the Lens of Social Justice: Acknowledgement, Actions, and Accountability." You can now find the paper on NCSM's website.

Last Tuesday in the Global Math Department, Shelley Carranza gave some tips about using Desmos for "Charging Up" lessons. Next week, Kasi Allen presents, Math Trauma: Healing Our Classrooms, Our Students, and Our Discipline.

Research Notes

Here's another article added to the June 2016 issue of The Journal of Mathematical Behavior:
Here's the math-iest-looking articles in the April 2016 issue of the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education:
Michal Ayalon at ISDDE 2015
New in AERA Open:

Math Ed in the News

Math Ed in Colorado

I attended the Colorado Math Pathways Conference and blogged about it. In short, there's a lot of coordinated work going on amongst Colorado's higher education institutions to get students in many majors into relevant courses in quantitative reasoning and statistics instead of dumping so many students into college algebra.

The deadline for submitting CCTM conference proposals is May 1.

In case you missed it, Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia made some comments about the ACT and SAT and college admissions. Basically, scores from either test are accepted by any of Colorado's public colleges.

CoMMIT (the Colorado Metropolitan Math Intervention Team) is having their spring meeting on April 21 from 9-noon at the Boulder Valley SD Education Center (6500 E. Arapahoe Rd) in Boulder. Kim Bunning, CU Teach Master Teacher at CU-Boulder, will be the presenter.

Cassie Harrelson of Aurora Public Schools is facilitating an online book study of Jo Boaler's Mathematical Mindsets. The book study can be found on CEA's COpilot site and a course flyer can be found here. The book study starts April 4!

The University of Northern Colorado is offering three graduate level math courses this summer as part of their Masters in Mathematics: Teaching Emphasis program. You don't have to be in the program to take the courses. A tentative schedule of courses through Spring 2018 and contact information is here.

Rebekah Ottenbreit from CDE's Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education is offering two more sessions focused on helping math teachers and ESL/bilingual educators use tools and strategies to make mathematics content more accessible to English learners. You can grab a flyer here.
  • May 10, 2016, from 8:30-noon at the Pueblo City Schools Administration Building, Pueblo, CO (register by 5/5/16)
  • May 13, 2016, from 8:30-noon at the NW CO BOCES downstairs conference room in Steamboat Springs (register by 5/8/16)
Jackie Weber, director of math and computer science in the Boulder Valley School District, is trying to collect names of people who are leading computer science efforts in their districts. She's looking to form a cohort of district CS leaders, and you can give her your name here.

Math Teachers' Circles — check the websites for meeting schedules!
  • Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' Circle:
    • HS Teacher Workshop: Active Learning Activities for Teaching Precalculus (June 13-17)
    • HS Teacher Workshop: Active Learning Activities for Teaching Calculus (June 20-24)
    • Summer Workshop in Winter Park with Northern Colorado Math Teachers' Circle (July 11-15)
    • Additionally, the Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' Circle and the Southwest Math Teachers' Circle are jointly offering a workshop from August 8-11 at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Graduate credit or continuing education units will be available, and information about scholarships to pay for those credits is forthcoming. Applications are accepted until June 15.
  • Northern Colorado Math Circles

The "Expanding Your Horizons" symposium for middle school girls interested in STEM registration begins March 1.

NCTM is offering two summer institutes this summer in Denver:
Job Openings: