This Week in Math Ed: February 2, 2018

I think I have a new plan: Since going through news, research, and Colorado events (in addition to daily Twitter updates) are quite a lot of work to do every week, I'll just highlight each one once a month. Something like this:
  • First Friday of the month: Research Report
  • Second Friday of the month: Around the Math Ed Web (events)
  • Third Friday of the month: Math Ed in the News
  • Fourth Friday of the month: Math Ed in Colorado
I might move some things around, but this one-feature-weekly in addition to the Math Ed Said review of Twitter activity seems like a good idea.

Math Ed Said

January 26: James Tanton wrote a wonderful piece on Medium, "Just teach my kid the <explitive> math." I'd guess most math educators have found themselves in these kinds of conversations (even within one's head) and Tanton's version is one of the more articulate versions I've seen.

Shared by: Jenise Sexton, Pam J. Wilson, Chris Hunter, James Tanton, Bridget Dunbar, Katherine Bryant, Jennifer Wilson, Christine Klynen, Cathy Yenca

January 27: Other people must agree with my enjoyment of Tanton's article because more decided to share it on the 27th. Here it is, again: "Just teach my kid the <explitive> math."

Shared by: Scott Leverentz, Barbara Rock, John Colgan, Nerissa Gerodias, Sunil Singh, Ben Blum-Smith, Chris Brownell, Alison Hansel, Bridget Soumeillan, Gregory Taylor, Matthew Oldridge, James Tanton, Laura Kinnel

January 28: How fun! Here in "Equations I Have Known" Joe Schwartz cataloged a number of the ways students use the notation for operations and equality before they've attended to the level of precision we expect from someone who has mastered these conventions. Some are quite common, like run-on equations (1x2=2-1=1), but others might be new to you.

Shared by: Amie Albrecht, Mark Chubb, Heidi Fessenden, Cathy Campbell, Chrissy Newell, Lisa Bejarano, Kit, Chris Kalmbach, Simon Gregg, Marilyn Burns, Jim Doherty, Rene Grimes, Heidi Allum, Joe Schwartz

January 29: As a first-year teacher resisting the mid-'90s feel-good, self-esteem pushes in education, I was convinced that my students (before I'd even had a chance to teach them!) would feel good about math if they were successful at it, and not the other way around. I gradually learned that it wasn't that simple, and new research from Stanford is helping us better understand how a positive attitude toward math predicts math achievement in kids.

Shared by: Laura Wagenman, Jani Nelson, Georgina Rivera, Christopher Rohde, Lara Francisco, Christina Moore, Camsie McAdams, Judy Larsen, Andie Ogden, Rosa Serratore, Kim Webb, Jo Boaler

January 30: More people shared the story, "Positive attitude toward math predicts math achievement in kids."

Shared by: Rosa Serratore, Regina Barrett, Nick Harris, Jennifer Lawler, Chris Brownell, Linda Braddy

January 31: I so appreciate David Bressoud's relentlessness when it comes to calculus education reform. Here he is on The Conversation with "Why colleges must change how they teach calculus." Part of this article talks about the SEMINAL project, which my advisor David Webb works on as part of his role at CU Boulder and on behalf of the Association of Public Land Grand Universities.

Shared by: Eddi Vulić, Robert Cop, David Butler, Jennifer Lawler, Lybrya Kebreab, Heather Johnson, Egan J Chernoff

February 1: More people helped spread the word about the Desmos Teaching Fellowship.

Shared by: Ed Campos Jr, Jocelyn Dagenais, Ron King, Audrey McLaren, Nerissa Gerodias, David Sabol, Julia Finneyfrock, Sadie Estrella, Nanette Johnson, Jennifer Fairbanks, Explore MTBoS, Lisa Bejarano, Emily Campbell, Sara VanDerWerf, Robert Kaplinsky, Molly Daley, Mary Bourassa, Daniel Luevanos, Zack Patterson, Jon Orr, Patty Stephens, Kathy Henderson, Tom Snarsky, Dan Anderson, Lybrya Kebreab, Jedidiah Butler, Matthew Baker, Bob Lochel, Eli Luberoff, Chris Lusto, Bryan Anderson, Jocelyn Dagenais,

Research Report

Educational Studies in Mathematics

ESM published both their January and February issues since my last Research Report on January 5.

Mathematical Thinking and Learning

This issue focuses on mathematics learning and computational thinking.

International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education

Both the January and February issues of IJSME have been published since the last Research Report.
Patricio Herbst presenting at the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting

Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education

Fields Mathematics Education Journal

Technology Innovations in Statistics Education