Principles to Actions Back in Stock
There has been an overwhelming response to the release to Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All, and the initial demand exceeded
our supply. The publication is now back in stock, ready for you to grow your
NCTM library. Continuing its tradition of mathematics education leadership,
NCTM defines and describes the principles and actions, including specific
teaching practices, that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education
for all students. What will it take to turn the opportunity of the Common Core
State Standards into reality in every classroom, school, and district? Order NCTM’s
solution—Principles to Actions.
Middle School Journal Editor
Are you a middle school teacher or a mathematics
teacher educator looking to do something different? Do you want to help
thousands of teachers around the globe improve their teaching and math skills?
NCTM is seeking a journal editor for Mathematics
Teaching in the Middle School, the peer-reviewed publication serving
mathematics teachers of grades 5–8. Apply
“Mathematics is at my core,” said Jeffrey J. Wanko,
who is the author of “Making Time for Mathematics,” the latest post at the Mathematics Teacher blog, and who teaches
mathematics methods courses at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. “I don’t know
why I am wired this way—I just am. But I learned very quickly that not everyone
has the same appreciation for mathematics that I do.”
Teasers from Illuminations
Try them out yourself! Write “2014” with the first four prime numbers, with the
aid of the operations addition, multiplication, and exponentiation in 2014. In Moving Matches, an isosceles trapezoid is composed of seven matches. You are
to modify the position of three matches in order to obtain two equilateral
triangles. Do you have an original puzzle to share
with the math education community? E-mail Illuminations for a chance to get it published!
Wholes: Promoting Fraction and Decimal Understanding
What are your approaches to
facilitating children’s understanding of fractions and decimals? What classroom activities and ideas do
you use to help children make sense of fractions and decimals as numbers,
benchmarks, measures, quotients, or operators? Share your ideas with Teaching Children Mathematics about
developing number sense for fractions and decimals among K–grade 6 students for
the October 2015 focus issue. Submit your manuscript by July 31.
2 + 2 = What? Parents Rail against Common Core Math
NCTM President Diane Briars talks about parents’
frustrations with math homework and the Common Core. “Part
of what we are trying to teach children is to become problem solvers and
thinkers,” said Briars. “We want students to understand what they’re doing, not
just get the right answer.” Associated
How Are 12th Graders Performing
The latest Nation’s Report Card, 2013 Mathematics and Reading: Grade 12 Assessments, reveals
how 12th graders are performing in mathematics. Among the 11 volunteer pilot
states that participated in both the 2009 and 2013 assessments, four made gains
from 2009 in mathematics. Other interesting findings? Average math scores for Hispanic 12th graders increased seven
points from the 1st NAEP math scores in 2005. Also, students who
agreed that taking mathematics will help them in the future scored higher.
Mathematics Association of America (MAA) Curriculum
Inspirations is a multimedia experience for the middle- and high-school
communities. Learn 10 problem-solving strategies aligned with the Mathematical
Practice Standards for success both in the classroom and in MAA American
Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC). Find practice examples galore listed by
strategy and Common Core topic. Bring excitement to mathematics learning,
thinking, and doing!
New Blog about
the Common Core
The Alliance for
Excellent Education recently launch “Core
of the Matter,” a new blog series devoted to the
implementation of the Common Core State Standards and struggling students. As
schools, districts, and states work to implement the new standards—including
new assessments—the Alliance will use this series to bring attention to the
challenge and imperative of delivering on the promise and potential of the
standards for all students, especially those who have been historically
underserved by the education system.
News with Diane Sawyer visited the 2014 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National
Competition in Orlando, Florida, May 8–11. Top math students across the country
competed in this mathematics competition, which is based on the belief that
everyone can excel at math. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation strives to engage middle
school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math
programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. For
more than 30 years, MATHCOUNTS has provided enriching, extracurricular
opportunities to students and free, high-quality resources to educators. What does it take to be a Mathlete?
Obama Thanks 100Kin10
Barack Obama applauds 100Kin10, its partner organizations, and their
collective success in their commitment to train and recruit more than 40,000
STEM teachers by 2016 and to encourage more of these talented educators to stay
in the classroom longer. 100Kin10
is a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000
STEM teachers by 2021. Its 200 partners include nonprofits such as NCTM,
universities, school districts, corporations, museums, charter management
organizations, states, and federal agencies.
PARCC states are seeking feedback from
educators on the draft K–2 Model Content Frameworks, which are resources to assist educators in
implementing the Common Core State Standards, and also to guide the development
of formative tasks and diagnostic tools. The frameworks—one for math and one for English language arts/literacy—were
developed by PARCC state representatives, educators, and experts in standards
and formative assessments. Send your feedback by May 30.
Deep into Common Core Concepts
Whether you are an experienced
classroom teacher or just beginning your career, NCTM’s
2014 Interactive Institutes will provide the instructional strategies
and high-quality professional development you need to successfully implement
the Common Core State Standards in the classroom. Join us in San Diego or
Chicago for two-and-a-half days of face-to-face, focused learning on topics
including algebra, number and operations, and mathematical practices and
process standards. Emerge with new ideas to help students
learn how to examine, interpret, and think critically about math concepts.
Register early to save $40.
Math at Your Doorstep—NCTM Regional Conferences
Join us in Indianapolis,
Richmond, or Houston for NCTM’s 2014 Regional Conferences & Expositions,
our signature fall math education events. At each conference, more than 200
presentations will offer the latest on the Common Core, NCTM’s Process
Standards, the Guiding Principles and Mathematics Teaching Practices detailed
in NCTM's new Principles to Actions,
assessment, differentiated instruction, 21st Century Learning in the math
classroom, and more. Register now and save
up to $80!
Years Teaching Elementary Mathematics
Success from the
Start: Your First Years Teaching Elementary Mathematics highlights how students learn math and the pedagogy behind
it. Using vignettes based on real classroom discussions, the authors illustrate
effective teaching practices to support math learning. This essential resource
acts as a supportive and reassuring companion that teachers can return to
throughout their journey as an elementary mathematics teacher. “The
authors have crafted a powerful and practical guide for every primary teacher
who grapples with effective ways to implement a high-quality mathematics
instruction that works for all students,” said Steve Leinwand, of the American
Institutes for Research, and lead author of Principles
Did you know that you could add the journal Mathematics
Teacher Educator (MTE) to your current membership? MTE is a joint online journal between NCTM and the Association of
Mathematics Teacher Educators and is available twice a year. You can add this
journal to your full or e-membership for $20, or $10 if you are student or
emeritus member. Learn more about this valuable journal today!
Appreciation Week has now passed, NCTM is still celebrating! We have extended
the offer of 25% off all NCTM publications
through May 30. Use promo code TEACH25
at checkout to receive the discount.
Congress returned to Washington after a two-week
April recess seemingly ready to take care of some education policy business. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan was summoned to a fourth appearance on Capitol Hill—this time
before the Senate Budget Committee.
The National Science Foundation hosted a panel
presentation and discussion entitled, “Growing the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow.”
Participants examined the skills gap from a workforce perspective and stated findings that while
the pervasive assumption among manufacturers is that there is a lack of skilled
American workers, 75 percent of those surveyed were able to fill jobs within a
month of vacancies.
Board Field Test
The National Board for Professional Teaching
Standards is recruiting pre-K–12 teachers, as well as undergraduate and
graduate students seeking a teaching license, to participate in field tests of
the revised National Board Certification process. In exchange for 3.5 hours of
your time, you will be eligible to receive up to $50
in gift cards upon successful completion of each online testing appointment. Share
the news with your colleagues and participate today!
Teacher Network Issue Now Available
The latest issue of Statistics Teacher Network (STN) is now available. STN is a free
newsletter published by the American Statistical Association and the NCTM Joint
Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K–12. E-mail
editor Rebecca Pierce if you would like to submit
articles or announcements.
View archived issues of Summing Up.