COmath Update for September 2, 2016
I hope everyone is having a great start to the school year. I apologize for the length of this update, but there's just too much good stuff to ignore! If the Colorado news below isn't enough, here's more of what I've seen the past few weeks:
- Week ending August 12: Instrumental and relational understanding, closing lessons, unit pictures, & more.
- Week ending August 19: Why there are so many ties in swimming, #ObserveMe, eclectic teaching, & more.
- Week ending August 26: Resources for building a math community, 7 deadly sins of teaching math, & more.
- Week ending September 2: Math-on-a-Stick!, Which One Doesn't Belong, how not to start math class in the fall, & more.
Award Winning Teachers!
I am super happy to share that the White House has announced new PAEMST awardees, and two of Colorado's math teachers have been honored:
- Carolyn Jordan, a teacher at Normandy Elementary School in Littleton
- Lisa Bejarano, a teacher at Aspen Valley High School in Colorado Springs (read more)
These teachers will be honored at the awards ceremony at the CCTM Conference. Speaking of which...
The 2016 CCTM Conference is only weeks away! Please join me and math teachers from across the state on September 22-23 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. Thursday will feature two pre-sessions:
Teacher Pre-Session: Making Mathematics Accessible and Equitable for All with Nora Ramirez and José Franco
Classrooms should be where all students engage in rigorous mathematics, reason mathematically, justify and defend their thinking, and critique the reasoning of others. Engage in this session with activities and discussions, and to examine your beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics for all students.
Leader Pre-Session: Curricular Materials Review: A Professional Learning Opportunity with Cathy Martin and Joanie Funderburk
Join math leaders and school and district administrators to explore rubrics for evaluating curricular materials, learn about open resources, and make reviewing materials a professional learning opportunity for teachers.
Friday will feature concurrent sessions, blast sessions, Ignite sessions, a keynote, and the exhibit hall. This year's keynote will be delivered by Rochelle Gutiérrez from the University of Illinois. Rochelle is a leading thinker about issues of equity and social justice in mathematics education. Register to see her and the rest of the conference today!
Math on the "Planes"
Registration for the February 2017 Conference opens September 15. Because of the highly interactive nature of the conference, each of the two workshops will be limited to 60 participants. You can find more information on the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities website.
Dr. Karen Karp will lead these workshops. She is a visiting professor in the Ed.D. Program in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. For twenty-one years prior to this appointment, she was Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Early and Elementary Childhood Education at the University of Louisville.
- Aurora is looking for three math teachers, including a 7th grade math teacher for Aurora Hills Middle School. Contact Susan Shaw, Math Teaching Partner, for more information.
- Denver Public Schools needs an 8th grade math teacher at Farrell B. Howell K-8. If you need more information, contact Katie Johnson, MS Math Curriculum Specialist.
- CSU's Global Campus has a middle school math teaching candidate in Aurora who is in need of a mentor. It is a paid position. If you are interested, contact me and I'll put you in touch with CSU.
Math and Neuroscience Research Opportunity
Jennifer Jacobs at CU Boulder is interested in researching early elementary students with and without language processing difficulties and how that relates to math ability. If you are interested in having a child participate, you can contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' Circle
Over at rmmtc.ucdenver.edu you can find the 2016-2017 dates for the meetings of the Rocky Mountain Math Teachers' Circle, as well as information about RSVPing for each session.
FYI: PARCC has updated their practice tests to match their latest test designs.
PARCC has also kept me busy over the last month — for several days I immersed myself in high school geometry and helped select items for future field tests, and later I met with other math educators from around the country to examine the data collected from test items that had already been field tested. In both cases, the goal is to come away with the best possible set of items to consider for future tests. If you have questions about the process, feel free to ask!