This Week in Math Ed: September 16, 2016

Math Ed Said

September 9: Folks were sharing this Teaching Channel interview with Kristen Gray about her being a new PAEMST awardee.

Shared by: TCM - NCTM, Lisa Bejarano, Joe Schwartz, Heather Johnson

David Wees at the 2014
NCTM Annual Meeting
September 10: David Wees wrote, "Teaching Problems or Teaching Mathematics." In it, David thinks about teaching mathematics in ways that focus on solving different types of problems, and the challenge of not seeing those solution strategies as isolated from one another.

Shared by: Brian Bushart, Christina Sherman, Matthew Oldridge, Jennifer Lawler, Carmel Schettino, Jennifer Wilson, Ryan R Ruff, Bridget Dunbar

September 11: Despite efforts to the contrary, Ilona Vashchyshyn got called out by a student for being too dismissive of his contribution to class. She reflects about it (and how she'll repair the damage) in "How to sabotage your classroom culture in 5 seconds."

Shared by: Ilona Vashchyshyn, Taylor Belcher, Melinda Knapp, David Butler, Annie Perkins

September 12: Zack Hill has been writing about mathematical discourse over on the Teaching Children Mathematics blog, and in his fourth post, "Putting it All Together", he affirms his commitment to a principle of professionalism by posting a video of his teaching and a request for feedback.

Shared by: TCM - NCTM, NCTM, Rusty Anderson, Matt Larson, Greg George, Richelle Marynowski

September 13: Robert Kaplinsky gives us "Two Ways To Integrate Problem-Based Learning In A Unit (And Another To Avoid)." It's a well-illustrated post that seeks balance between teaching procedure, concepts, and applications.

Shared by: Robert Kaplinsky, Chris Kalmbach, Nat Banting, Bridget Dunbar, Christie Madancy, Kim Webb, Laura Wagenman, Brett Parker, Andrew Gael, Ilona Vashchyshyn

September 14: People were buzzing about the press release from Open Up Resources announcing their launch of a CC-BY licensed middle school math curriculum built upon Illustrative Mathematics tasks. They plan to have it ready for the 2017-2018 school year.

Shared by: Kate Nowak, Bridget Dunbar, Erik Johnson, Diana Suddreth, Nik Doran, Jen Silverman, John Berray, Vanessa Cerrahoglu, Illustrative Maths, Kristin Gray, Laura Wagenman, Bowen Kerins, Jennifer Wilson, David Smith

September 15: Dan Meyer posted "The Desmos Guide to Building Great (Digital) Math Activities," and he says it's good for paper-based activities, too.

Shared by: Dan Meyer, Nancy Terry, Heather Johnson, Jon Orr, Tracy Johnston Zager, Julia Finneyfrock, Dan Anderson, Emily Freeman, Imtiaz Damji, Andrew Stadel, Bowman Dickson, Brian Bushart

Around the Math Ed Web

There was a #TCMChat this week around Kim Morrow Leong's article "Evidence-Centered Assessment" in the latest Teaching Children's Mathematics. If you missed it, you can look back through the chat here.

Next week the Global Math Department will feature Mishaal Surti for his presentation, "Getting Students Talking...Open Questions in the Math Classroom."

Elections are now open for NCTM's second vice president and three regional directors.

The Friday Institute at NC State is offering two free online learning opportunities for teachers. Teaching Mathematics with Technology (promo video) and Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations (promo video). The courses will launch September 26th and are now open for registration.

Research Notes

In the October 2016 issue of the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, you'll find:
A second 2016 issue of the International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning (from Plymouth University in the UK and the College of Nyiregyháza, Hungary) is out:

Math Ed in the News

Math Ed in Colorado

CCTM Conference

Are you registered for the 2016 CCTM Conference? It's next week! Join hundreds of other Colorado educators at the Denver Mart on Thursday and Friday (September 22-23) as we celebrate and explore the conference theme, Building a Community of Math Excellence. Register NOW!

Come to the 2016 CCTM Conference!

Math on the "Planes"

Registration is now open and spots are limited!

Boaler Book Study

Cassie Harrelson of Aurora Public Schools will be facilitating an online book study on COPilot with Jo Boaler's book Mathematical Mindsets. Participants will need to purchase the book and register online ($45 for CEA members, $145 for non-members). The book study begins October 2nd and will last for 5 weeks. Let Cassie know if you have any questions!

Revised eligibility list for the Mathematics and Science Partnership program

The Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) request for proposal (RFP) that was posted last week has been revised to include additional eligible schools and districts, which were inadvertently eliminated from the original RFP. The new eligibility list and RFP will be posted as soon as possible on the MSP webpage. If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please submit a letter of intent via SurveyMonkey by Oct. 5. Applications will be due Monday, Nov. 14. For additional information and to access the application, please visit the MSP webpage.

PAEMST Awardees Recognized by Colorado's State Board of Education

On Wednesday, September 14, Colorado's four recent PAEMST awardees (two math, two science) were honored during a meeting of the Colorado State Board of Education.

2014-2015 PAEMST Awardees (L to R): Lisa Bejarano, Carrie Jordan, Dawn Bauer, & Jessica Noffsinger
The math awardees, Lisa Bejarano and Carrie Jordan (some news coverage of Carrie here) will be honored again during the CCTM Conference Award Ceremony from 6:30 - 8:30 on Thursday, September 22. Congratulations again (and again and again) to Lisa and Carrie!