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Summing Up: October 5, 2011

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October 5, 2011 

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Let’s Not Forget Geometry!
Is it just me, or does geometry seem to be in the background these days? Slogans like “Algebra for all” and policies designed to ensure that all students complete algebra by the end of eighth grade have caught the national attention in recent years. When states or national organizations develop sample assessment tasks, they usually begin the process with tasks that involve arithmetic operations or algebraic concepts and procedures. Geometry tasks are often lower on their priority list. The new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) appear to highlight number and operations, algebra, and functions, putting geometry a tad off to the side. Even in some of NCTM’s own series, the first books to emerge have often been on algebra or number and operations. Geometry has always been well represented in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, but it seems to come a bit later to the party. Read more…

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NCTM’s Fall Conferences Are Just Around the Corner
Advance and enhance your professional skills and career at NCTM’s Regional Conferences this fall. With hundreds of sessions and workshops to choose from, these conferences will help you advance your teaching skills and hone your strategies. Make 2011 a rewarding year by joining us in a city near you—Atlantic City, St. Louis, or Albuquerque!

MET Legacy Series: Esther L. Mendlesohn
NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust (MET) relies on contributions from Council members and other individuals, Affiliates, and corporations. Gifts to the Esther L. Mendlesohn Fund help support the Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants, which provide funds up to $3,000 to teachers currently working in prekindergarten–grade 2 for projects and activities that use music to teach mathematical skills and concepts. Learn more about the Fund, Honorees, and this year’s grant recipient…  

Looking for Inspiration, Ideas, or Help?
Log on to “My NCTM” and see the latest classroom-ready activities, lesson plans, and more. We can help you get ready, save time, and improve your skills. Don’t sweat it—NCTM is here!

Online VotingHave You Cast Your Vote? Don’t Delay!
Be sure to participate in this year’s Board of Directors election by casting your voting by October 31. All full individual members, current as of August 12, should have received an e-mail to vote in the online-only election. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact

MTMS Call for STEM Articles
The Editorial Panel of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (MTMS) is still considering manuscripts for the 2013 Focus Issue on Mathematics in a STEM Context. What mathematics has surfaced in your lessons that connects to science, technology, or engineering? Have you emphasized to your students the importance of applying math in other subject areas as well as in daily life? Articles should address the philosophy, research, or practice of effective mathematics teaching as an integrated component of STEM. The deadline for manuscripts is January 9, 2012. More information. 

A New Age for Algebra
By Lindsay Oishi, District Administration 

Nominations Open for Presidential Awards for Elementary Math Teachers
Nominations are now being accepted for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for elementary teachers (K–6). The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2012. The nomination form should be completed early enough to allow the nominated teacher time to meet the nomination application deadline of May 1, 2012. More information.  

Wanted: Elementary Math Professional Developers for Winter 2012
The University of Michigan School of Education is building practice-focused professional development modules for in- service elementary mathematics teachers and is looking for professional development providers to use a ten-session module, “Representing and Comparing Fractions in Elementary Mathematics Teaching,” with groups of practicing elementary teachers. Learn more 

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships
Each year the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) awards fellowships in the areas of biological sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences. The KSTF fellowship program supports the brightest high school math and science teachers from the beginning of the credentialing process through the early years of their careers. Submissions should be made online at and are due by 5:00 pm EST January 11, 2012. 


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