This Week in Math Ed: January 20, 2017

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January 13: As I mentioned in the last TWiME, people were excited to see that Desmos will be included in California's state tests.

Shared by: Eric Milou, Ellen byron, Matt Vaudrey, Megan W. Taylor, Bryn Humberstone, Cathy Yenca, David Wartowski, Monica Brannan, Sharon Rendon, Elizabeth Statmore, Jeremiah Ruesch, Kathy Henderson, Christopher Rohde, Bridget Dunbar, Judy Keeney

January 14: Prompted by the blogging initiative at ExploreMTBoS, Marissa W wrote "Soft Skills: Encouraging Perseverance #MTBoSBlogsplosion."

Shared by: Jennifer Dao, Marissa W, Tom Hall, Nolan Doyle, Alex Overwijk, Sara VanDerWerf, Marissa W

January 15: I think math teachers were a bit envious of the technology used by the New York Times in the story "You Draw It: What Got Better or Worse During Obama's Presidency." Politics aside, it was a cool way to make and test your predictions on a graph.

Shared by: Federico Chialvo, Denis Sheeran, Sue Wilson, George Woodbury, Tom Snarsky, John Scammell, Judy Keeney, Gregory Taylor, John Golden, Keith Devlin, Nerissa Gerodias, Bridget Dunbar, Samuel Otten, Martin Joyce, Sharon Vestal, Tyler Anderson, Nick Yates, Norma Gordon, Eli Luberoff, Geoff Krall, Laura Kinnel, Darren Burris

January 16: In a post that's sort of about baking, and sort of about a book, but not really about either, Christopher Danielson gives us "Muffins, math, and the lies we tell about both."

Shared by: John A. Pelesko, Judy Larsen, Sharon Vestal, Justin Lanier, Michelle Naidu, Mathalicious, Ilona Vashchyshyn

January 17: Kristin Gray's post on the Teaching Channel is about "Lesson Study: Choosing a Mathematical Goal and Task." It's the first in a series, so be prepared to read, be given something to think about, and return for the rest of the discussion.

Shared by: Lisa Melton Pizzuto, Rosa Serratore, Julie Kubiak,David Petersen, Illustrative Maths, Andrew Gael, Sadie Estrella, Kristin Gray

Fawn Nguyen at the 2016 NCTM Innov8
January 18: If you're wondering why Fawn Nguyen's "Growth vs. Proficiency" post from last August would suddenly get attention, it all relates to a question asked by Senator Al Franken during Betsy DeVos's confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Education. DeVos didn't appear 100% prepared to answer Franken's question, which sent members of the public to the internet to see if they couldn't figure out what the whole growth vs. proficiency debate was all about.

Shared by: Kevin Lawrence, Jennifer Dao, Patty Stephens, Andrew Gael, Ilana Horn, Casey McCormick, Fawn Nguyen, Earl Samuelson

January 19: Folks were still talking about Fawn's post, but there was also notable sharing of "The Teach to One Math Experiment in Mountain View, CA Is a Trainwreck."

Shared by: T R, Gregory Taylor, Ilona Vashchyshyn, Dan Meyer, Elizabeth Statmore, Kate Nowak, Maria H. Andersen