Summer Interactive Institutes
NCTM held this summer’s first two Interactive Institutes
last month in San Diego. “Algebra Readiness for Every Student for Grades 6–8”
offered activities and instructional techniques to provide students with opportunities
to develop strong algebraic reasoning skills. “Connecting Number and Operations
in the Classroom for Pre-K–Grade 5” gave attendees the skills in number and
operations to help their students develop number sense. Peruse the Facebook
photo album and Twitter coverage.
And be sure to follow the hashtag #NCTMINST
on Twitter to see what’s happening at the Chicago Institute taking place right
Procedural Fluency in Mathematics
develop procedural fluency, students need experience in integrating concepts
and procedures and building on familiar procedures as they create their own informal
strategies and procedures,” states a new position statement on procedural
fluency from NCTM. “Students need opportunities to justify both informal
strategies and commonly used procedures mathematically, to support and justify
their choices of appropriate procedures, and to strengthen their understanding
and skill through distributed practice.” Procedural Fluency in
The Counterfeit Bill Problem
am often asked what the best way is to start the school year” writes Angela T.
Barlow in the latest Teaching Children Mathematics blog post. “My answer
is always, ‘With a problem, of course!’ Not just any problem will do, though,
as I want a problem that will spark discussion by eliciting a variety of
solutions and/or solution strategies.” Math
Tasks to Talk About
is here to help prevent summer learning loss. Challenge others. Challenge
yourself! Take a look at 12 selected games to have fun while learning math! Calculation Nation
little more than four years ago, NCTM President Diane Briars was sitting with a
small group of mathematics educators in the Peachtree Ridge High School
auditorium in Suwanee, Georgia, for the release of the Common Core State
Standards. Fast-forward four years, and where are we? Briars details this in
her July President’s Message, “Core Truths.” See
how some are tweeting
about her message.
Why Do Americans Stink at Math?
“Training teachers in a new way of thinking
will take time, and American parents will need to be patient,” writes Elizabeth
Green in a New York Times article
about the Common Core. New
York Times Magazine
Math Concepts + Teamwork = Big Gains
Teachers build students’ understanding of math concepts
as well as their skills in a Seattle elementary school. Their approach to
training teachers might work in many schools. NCTM President Diane Briars
weighs in on the discussion. The
Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents
“I taught math very much like the Common Core for many
years,” said Linda M. Gojak, past president of NCTM. “When parents would
question it, my response was ‘Just hang in there with me,’ and at the end of
the year they would come and say this was the best year their kids had in
There’s no single answer to that
broad question. Instead, what works varies by grade, subject, and even
delivery model. Resources from the What Works Clearinghouse provide educators
with a better understanding of what works in different contexts. Check out the
new webpage from the What Works Clearinghouse.
of the Summer Cycle MET Grants and Scholarships
philanthropy, dedication, and support of donors and partners, NCTM’s Mathematics
Education Trust has for nearly 38 years been putting money directly into the
hands of educators who want to improve themselves and the teaching of
mathematics. Congratulations to the recipients of the summer
cycle of MET grants!
It’s almost back-to-school-time, which means now is the perfect
time to reflect on and set your professional development goals for the coming
year. MET can help you reach your professional goals. Funding ranges from
$1,200 to $24,000 and can be used for conferences, workshops, and seminars;
research and in-service training; or professional development activities. The
deadline for the winter cycle of grants is November 7. Apply for a MET grant,
scholarship, or award.
Mathematics for Equity
Equity: A Framework for Successful Practice, copublished with
Teachers College Press, nationally renowned scholars join classroom teachers to
share equity-oriented approaches that have been successful with urban high
school mathematics students. Compiling for the first time major research findings
and practitioner experiences from Railside High School, the volume describes
the evolution of a fundamentally different conception of learners and teaching.
The chapters bring together research and reflection on teacher collaboration
and professional communities, student outcomes and mathematics classroom
culture, reform curricula and pedagogy, and ongoing teacher development.
Great Math at
Your Doorstep—NCTM Regional Conferences
us in Indianapolis, Richmond, or Houston for NCTM’s 2014 Regional Conferences
& Expositions, our signature fall math education events. 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!
Member Referral Kickoff
the NCTM Member Referral
Program, for every new member that joins from your referral, you
will earn rewards and gifts, including gift certificates, free membership, and
more! Our new program began July 1 and will run through June 30, 2015. Make sure
to pass along the referral—it’s easy to participate. Enjoy the rest of your summer,
and we look forward to working with you during the next school year!
In recent weeks, Congress has been busy
preparing for the August recess. That means figuring out what policies might be
the subject of productive debate or determining what the House and Senate must
do before heading home and hitting the campaign trail. In the “must do”
category is spending.
Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted a panel discussion, “A Roadmap for a
Successful Transition to Common Core in States and Districts.” Participating
governors agreed that creation of the Common Core was driven by states on a
bipartisan basis to address the needs of American students. All panelists also
agreed that the standards are strong but will work only if teacher training and
testing are improved.
Buick Achiever Scholarship Program
the U.S. looks to close the workforce gap in all the areas of STEM and attract
young, diverse students to pursue degrees in those areas, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
has announced new scholarships totaling up to $2.5 million to 100 recipients
pursuing careers in the areas of STEM, information technology, and other fields
related to the automotive industry.
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