2016: The year in review
By Zachary Champagne, posted January 3, 2017 —
was reflecting on the past year, I thought it would be fitting to share a few
highlights from my year. Many of you
know that I’m a fan of top-ten lists. So here are the top-ten blog posts, books,
and experiences that sum up my year in mathematics education.
10. The launch of the NCTM Regional
Orlando Conference Blog. Our program committee developed the idea to
invite our community into the planning of the conference. It's
our hope that NCTM’s regional conference in Orlando (October 18–20,
2017) will reflect and represent the diversity of our profession.
As we look to build a conference that is inclusive, we welcome, value, and need
your input. We can’t wait to join you there.
9. The release of Young Children’s Mathematics by Thomas P.
Carpenter, Megan Loef Franke, Nicolas C. Johnson, Angela C. Turrou, and Anita
A. Wagner. For me, this book clarifies so much of the incredible
mathematics learning that takes place from ages 3–6. It was a long awaited
companion to the cognitively guided instruction work that we all learned so
8. #MTBoS game
night in San Francisco at the NCTM Annual Conference. This was held at the Desmos
headquarters and was such a fun time visiting with
friends, new and old, and playing with lots and lots of turtles.
launch of #TCMChat. It was so exciting to see the Teaching Children Mathematics print journal
give back to the Twitter community with a focused discussion around the free
preview manuscript each month—a really nice way for these two seemingly separate
worlds to come together. I am excited to see where this goes.
6. The release of Which One Doesn’t Belong? by Christopher Danielson.
Finally, mathematics educators across the country can benefit from this really
incredible pedagogical structure that increases the student voice in your
classroom. If you don’t know about it, now is the time to find out.
5. Marilyn Burns's blog post about
a Problem Solvers: Problem from Teaching
Children Mathematics. This is a great problem, and Marilyn Burns provided
such insightful and honest comments. It was a great experience of a print
journal and a blog collaborating to create a shared experience for us all.
Ganley and Sarah Lubienski’s TCM Blog
Posts on gender differences in mathematics classrooms. In case you missed this—it is a must read. Personally,
it hits really close to home (I have an eleven-year-old daughter).
Professionally, this type of thinking is especially important in our current
climate. Ganley and Lubienski argue that “girls’ perceptions of themselves as
mathematicians need to be improved,” and they provide us with tangible ideas to
help break this cycle.
3. The release of Beyond
Answers by Mike Flynn. Finally, a practical book for primary-grade
math educators that is rich in mathematics content and pedagogy. Make sure you
pick this one up, and send Mike some love on Twitter.
Fletcher’s progression videos. This series of video posts on the
progression of mathematical ideas among the grade levels has definitely made a
huge contribution to the elementary school mathematics community. Thanks, pal! *But
remember, friends: You gotta do the work. So be careful not to solely “rely on some crazy Canadian to tell
you about your American Standards.”
1. ShadowCon 2016. During the past three years, I’ve been
lucky enough to work with Mike Flynn and Dan Meyer as we developed the
ShadowCon experience. ShadowCon 2016 brought a unique and diverse group of
speakers together that helped us expand the conference experience way beyond
the attendees in San Francisco and, more important, well beyond the weeklong
NCTM Annual Conference experience. A special thanks to all of the ShadowCon
alumni—this experience wouldn’t exist without you.
here’s to 2017, friends! I can’t wait for another year of learning with and
from all of you!
big things happened in your world of mathematics education this year? Share
your thoughts in the comments section below or reach out on Twitter
Zachary Champagne is an assistant in research
at the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University. He previously taught for
thirteen years as an elementary school teacher with a specialization in math
and science. During this time, he received many state and national
awards for excellence in teaching, including the Presidential Award for
Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), Duval County Teacher
of the Year, and Finalist for Macy’s Florida Teacher of the Year. Zak is the
current president of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics (FCTM), and
is currently interested in learning how young students think about mathematics
and how to help them understand that mathematics makes sense. He tweets at
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