11 November, 2011
Volume 16 No. 45
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Model Content Frameworks for Common Core

eInstruction Contest Voting Has Begun



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Model Content Frameworks for Common Core


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) recently released Model Content Frameworks to support and guide implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Download the Mathematics Model Content Frameworks (1.3M) here:


PARCC developed these frameworks, first highlighted in these pages earlier this summer, through a collaborative state-led process among state experts and members of the CCSS writing teams. The August 2011 public review period elicited nearly 1,000 individual comments from K-12 educators, principals, superintendents, higher education faculty, school board members, parents, and students.

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"Other submitters went straight to algebraic solutions. Ethan D. from Hershey Middle School showed how he translated key phrases from the problem into algebraic notation...."
- Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

eInstruction Contest Voting Has Begun


eInstruction has announced the finalists for each grade category of its 5th Annual Classroom Makeover Video Contest. Come watch the videos — many of them parodies that co-opt lyrics from popular music — and vote to help determine who will win a full technology classroom makeover worth up to $75,000!

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"The Student Explorations of my Dynamic Geometry Sketches site has been updated with an online activity about 'Exploring and explaining quadrilateral properties.' An interactive link 'Some generalizations of Viviani's Theorem' has also been added...."
- Michael, posted to the geometry.pre-college discussion



Evan Weinberg teaches algebra, geometry, calculus, robotics, and other grades 6-12 courses at Hangzhou International School. His "thoughts on teaching, learning, and the crazy process of having fun doing both with students" have included

  • How China Keeps Me Learning: Part I
  • Lens Ray Tracing in Geogebra
  • Take Time to Tech - Perspectives After a Flip
  • Graphical Systems in Geogebra and Crashing LEGO Robots in Algebra 2
  • Teaching Proofs in Geometry - What I Do
  • Math Portfolio - Sharing My Own Story

Inspired by conversations with others, Weinberg first decided to blog because "sharing and reflecting on my own learning process is a way to model what learning and reflection looks like for my students. The fact that I am not being graded on my work doesn't mean it isn't valuable to reflect on it; in fact, it makes it that much more meaningful. Making the extra step of writing down my thoughts will also enable me to look back and track my progression of thinking over time. Most importantly, it provides me an easy channel for sharing what I do. If I can get better at teaching through others' comments, or others can adapt what I share to their classrooms, it is a win-win situation."


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