November 4, 2013
Are We Obsessed with Assessment?
I worry about the instructional time we lose when we spend so much time on testing. I worry about the pressure we put on students when so much of their time in schools is spent being tested. I worry that we have taken the joy out of teaching and learning in the name of accountability that can be determined “only” by giving more tests. Read more.
The Results Are In!
The results of the NCTM 2013 Election are in. Congratulations to Jennifer Bay-Williams, Paul Kelley, Cathy Martin, and Trena L. Wilkerson! Learn more about the members elected to serve on the NCTM Board of Directors. The NCTM Board sets the direction, establishes policy, and oversees the activities of the Council. Board Directors serve three-year terms. All terms begin at the conclusion of the NCTM 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition in April.
Vegas Regional Recap
Nearly 3,000 attendees gathered October 23–25 in Sin City for the 2013 Las Vegas Regional Conference and Exposition. To kick off the conference, NCTM President Linda Gojak observed and shared in teaching a math lesson at Lois Craig Elementary and Brian and Teri Cram Middle Schools in Clarke County. Check out some of our favorite tweets during this three-day conference filled with more than 200 sessions and workshops. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and we look forward to seeing many others this week for the last of this year’s regional conferences in Louisville!
Twitter Chat: Student-Created Content
Having students leverage mobile technology to create content-related resources encourages them to feel ownership of what they are learning and influences their level of engagement. Join teachers, educators, and specialists November 5 at 8 p.m., ET, for a #MobileEdChat on Twitter to look at using mobile technology to support students in creating their own learning content. Learn more and watch introductory videos.
Math Achievement on the Global Scale
According to a new report by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, American eighth-graders performed higher than the international mathematics and science averages on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), a study that compares scores from 38 countries and 9 subnational education systems. The special 2011 NAEP-TIMSS Linking Study uses eighth-graders’ scores on the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to draw comparisons and predict student performance on the 2011 TIMSS. Check out highlights of the math outcomes.
NBC News’ Education Nation recently released a new Parent Toolkit. This toolkit will help parents navigate their child’s journey from prekindergarten through high school. It is designed to help them track and support progress at each stage. Share with your students’ parents today!
STEM Education Data and Trends
How proficient are American students in math and science? How much does the United States spend on research and development? What does the job market look like for STEM graduates? Answers to these questions and more are now available through new digital tools from the National Science Board.
Beginning Algebra: Teaching Key Concepts
How can all students learn the key concepts of beginning algebra? Through the study of algebra, students learn to think abstractly, apply various representations, communicate mathematically, and develop the habits of mind that they need to use mathematics and become lifelong learners. Read more about this in the special 2013 Focus Issue of Mathematics Teacher. Check out the free preview article or order your own copy.
Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science
Modeled after NCTM’s best-selling book, 5 Practices for Orchestrating Effective Mathematics Discussions, this new book focuses on task-based discussions in science. Using numerous examples and science learning tasks, the authors show how teachers can plan the lesson to encourage students not only to learn science content but also to employ disciplinary practices. Purchase before November 30 using code CAT2014 and receive 25 percent off! Learn more.
Registration Is Open: 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition
Join us in New Orleans, April 9–12, 2014, for the nation’s largest math education event. Take advantage of this professional development opportunity to sharpen your skills, gain new techniques, and learn from innovative practitioners and experts in the field. Choose from more than 700 sessions, workshops, and “bursts” on such crucial issues as formative assessment in the Common Core State Standards, number and operations, social justice, teaching computational fluency with understanding, leveraging technology, and supporting new teachers. Register early and save up to $80 with our early-bird registration rates.
Jazz Up! 2014 MET Celebration
On April 11, NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust (MET) will be hosting the 2014 MET Celebration, sponsored by Forrest T. Jones & Company, to honor its Lifetime Achievement and other MET awardees. Celebration attendees will enjoy beignets and coffee, conversation, live jazz music, and a silent auction of gift cards and certificates from publishers and vendors for educational products and materials. All proceeds will support MET programs. Tickets are $15 and attendance is limited. Register today!
Education committees in the House and Senate are moving forward with oversight on the Higher Education Act (HEA), due for rewrite during this session of Congress. HEA provides financial aid for students and also makes critical funding available to teacher education programs for initiatives that are intended to strengthen and reform these important programs. Read more in the Capitol Report.
On October 22, Change the Equation held a news conference to release a report of the findings of the 16th annual Bayer Facts of Science Education Survey, The U.S. STEM Shortage: Myth or Reality? Talent Recruiters at Fortune 1000 Companies Settle the Debate. Read more in the Legislative Update.
Win Prizes and Help Teachers
What’s the best way to implement the Common Core State Standards? Watch and learn from teachers who have already started. Then collaborate with other teachers like you! Teachingchannel.org has partnered with organizations that can help you succeed. The challenge has started—grab a few colleagues and get going! Learn more.
Teaching Contemporary Mathematics Conference
The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is holding its annual Teaching Contemporary Mathematics Conference January 24–25, 2014. Teachers from around the United States will gather to discuss issues of teaching contemporary mathematics, particularly precalculus and calculus. Most speakers are renowned high school teachers. More info
EQuIP Reviewers Needed
Achieve is now seeking new members for its Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Peer Review Panel. An initiative of the American Diploma Project Network, EQuIP is designed to identify high-quality materials aligned with the Common Core State Standards. EQuIP peer reviewers have subject-matter expertise in designated grade spans and demonstrated ability to make consistent and accurate judgments using the EQuIP rubrics and quality review process. More info
2014 Montenegro Conference
The Mathematics Education for the Future Project warmly welcomes you to its 12th international conference, “The Future of Mathematics Education in a Connected World.” The conference will be held September 21–26, 2014, at the Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. For all conference details and updates, visit the website, or e-mail Alan Rogerson.