January 2, 2014
Professionalizing Our Profession
I have a colleague who entered teaching after many years in another profession. She teaches middle school mathematics in an urban setting. She has spent her teaching career in the same school and has witnessed many changes in the community. Having had many opportunities to collaborate with her, I both admire and envy the professionalism that she brings to her classroom and her colleagues. Read more.
Podcasts Bring Life to Past JRME Articles
Over the course of 2013, MathEdPodcast.com interviewed seven mathematics education researchers about articles published in NCTM’s Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME). Each article and associated podcast explores a different topic, including teaching English Language Learners, curriculum, assessments, and standards. Listen to the full collection.
New Video Provides Insight about Pick-a-Path
Have you downloaded Illuminations’ most popular app? Learn what Pick-a-Path is all about! “I couldn’t believe I was addicted to a math game,” said one student. This new video also includes teacher testimonials. Learning is fun. Get addicted!
Texas Retreats on Math Standards
When Texas became the first state to require advanced algebra for high school students in 2006, Governor Rick Perry said the policy would better prepare young people for success in higher education. Now Texas is rolling back the requirement for second-year algebra under pressure from lawmakers, some educators, and business and trade associations. “What Texas is doing is absolutely counter to the trend,” said NCTM President Linda Gojak. “Not requiring Algebra II is a cop-out.” Bloomberg News
What is “common” about the Common Core State Standards? Many states have chosen to adopt these standards. However, adopting states have the option of augmenting the standards (up to 15%). Read more in an op-ed piece that NCTM Board Member Mark Ellis wrote with two colleagues. Orange County Register
Teaching Math and Literacy
A free webinar, Teaching Math and Literacy, is part of a series showcasing the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection of blended lessons aligned with the Common Core. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14, at 5:00 p.m., ET. In these lessons, students practice literacy strategies while learning math and its practical application. Jane Porath, an eighth-grade mathematics teacher and NCTM Board member, will delve into some of the research behind literacy in mathematics and discuss how to provide better support for students’ literacy needs. Register now.
Lights. Camera. Education!
Do you know any student filmmakers? Tell them about the first-ever White House Student Film Festival! The topic? Technology in the classroom. The power of what technology can do for education is enormous—from allowing students to take a course online to enabling them to collaborate with students from across the country (or around the world!). This video contest is created just for K–12 students; finalists’ short films will be shown at the White House. Submissions are due January 29. More info
Register by January 31 for Common Core Institutes
The deadline to register for the 2014 NCTM Interactive Institute Winter Professional Development Series—Cutting to the “Common Core”—is quickly approaching. Make plans now to join NCTM in Orlando, February 14–15, for this series of two-day institutes for teachers of elementary, middle, and high school grades, as well as a fourth institute designed especially for school leaders and administrators. Walk away with the tools and resources to successfully align your teaching with the Common Core State Standards. Preregistration is required for this event. Register today.
New Books for the New Year
NCTM’s 2014 publications catalog, Resources for the Mathematics Educator, is now available in a digital version. You’ll find many new and best-selling titles, plus information about membership and upcoming events. Check out some new titles and start the new year right!
Siemens STEM Academy
To support educators in building the STEM workforce of tomorrow, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education created the Siemens STEM Academy, a professional development program where educators work side-by-side with STEM policymakers, scientists, and thought leaders, building real-world strategies that they can take home to their classrooms to ignite and deepen their students’ passion for STEM. Applications for the 2014 program will be accepted until February 4. More info
Teaching & Learning 2014
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards' Teaching & Learning 2014 conference will take place March 14–15 in Washington, D.C. From the Common Core State Standards to education technology to advancing issues of equity in the classroom, educators from all classroom settings will have unique opportunities to share their stories, gain new tools, learn from the nation’s top innovators, and get inspired to achieve greatness in their classrooms and communities. More info
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) hosted an event, “The Use of Research in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).” Lorraine McDonnell, professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, opened the discussion by noting that CCSS was developed through multiple research strands, and the implementation of the Common Core will require the same. Legislative Update