7 September, 2012
Volume 17 No. 36
 
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In Memoriam, Jerry Nelson

Unsilence Students' Voices

New Journal: Mathematics Teacher Educator

 


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In Memoriam, Jerry Nelson

http://www.sesameworkshop.org/our-blog/
2012/08/29/remembering-jerry-nelson-
fans-of-sesame-street-tell-their-stories/

The death of Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street's Count von Count and other Muppet characters, has inspired many retrospectives — some mathematical.

Sesame Workshop's blog post of last week links to several ongoing tributes that hail the impact of Nelson's puppetry on the lives of viewers. And after revisiting a radio interview in which the Count identified his favorite number, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) this week followed up by sharing the favorite numbers of ten readers, plus ten more conjecturing as to why the Count favored the number he did:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19467564

The upcoming season marks the 40th year that Nelson pulled the strings of the number-loving puppet based on Count Dracula. For videos, playlists, and printables starring the Count, visit:

http://www.sesamestreet.org/muppets/count-von-count


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

"The way I found the answers was during class when Mrs. Wren told the class that there were 18 ordered pairs, and if an ordered pair is switched or negative, it's different, which gave me an a ha moment...."
- Rory, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4112


Unsilence Students' Voices

http://mathforum.org/articles/communicatorsept2012.html

The Forum's Director of Professional Development has written a journal article based on her classroom visits and a conference presentation.

"Unsilence Students' Voices" discusses how to provide an opportunity for all students to contribute to math classroom discussions. The free three page-long download intersperses teaching tips throughout its three sections:

  • Too Many Voices/Too Little Time
  • Lack of Fluency in the Language
  • Moving from Passive to Active Learners

The article, which appears in the current issue of the CMC ComMuniCator, concludes with links at the Forum for related articles, conference presentations, and Problem of the Week resources.

This article for the journal of the California Mathematics Council joins half a dozen others written by Forum staff about implementing problem solving and writing:

http://mathforum.org/pow/teacher/articles.html


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"The gnurdiest fortune cookie fortune I ever saw read 'Digital devices are composed of analog components.' While dualism isn't very true to how the world works, it seems essential to human communication. Can we, in mathematics and science education, learn to better exploit this mechanism while also teaching awareness of its profound difficulties?"
- Noqsi, posted to the comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica discussion
http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7885447


New Journal: Mathematics Teacher Educator

http://www.nctm.org/publications/toc.aspx?jrnl=mte

A new online journal launched last week — and it's dedicated specifically to issues in mathematics teacher education.

Articles from the inaugural 101 page-long issue of Mathematics Teacher Educator (MTE) include

  • Mathematics Preservice Teachers Learning about English Language Learners through Task-Based Interviews and Noticing
  • The Role of Writing Prompts in a Statistical Knowledge for Teaching Course
  • Capitalizing on Productive Norms to Support Teacher Learning
  • The Content-Focused Methods Course: A Model for Integrating Pedagogy and Mathematics Content
  • Using "Lack of Fidelity" to Improve Teaching

As articulated by its editorial panel, MTE seeks to "contribute to building a professional knowledge base for mathematics teacher educators that stems from, develops, and strengthens practitioner knowledge" and "provide a means for practitioner knowledge related to the preparation and support of teachers of mathematics to be not only public, shared, and stored, but also verified and improved over time."

Co-publishers the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) have made the first issue of this new biannual freely available for download, with subsequent issues available only to current members of those organizations.

 

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