14 June, 2013
Volume 18 No. 24
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KnowRe Pilot

Learning Trajectories MOOC-Eds


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree




Several weeks ago, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Brighton (UK) put out a call for short videos by math teachers showing how they approach teaching a particular math concept, process, or disposition. On Tuesday, the first batch of the resulting two minute-long "Mathagogy" clips came out.

With more in the pipeline, these debut clips about math pedagogy — often interspersed with segments from classrooms and student "aha!" moments — outline approaches to teaching

  • algebraic literacy
  • prime numbers
  • probability
  • proof
  • proportion
  • sine and cosine graphs
  • with Cuisenaire rods
  • with inquiry
  • with one question lessons

Scroll down the mathagogy.com page to see which math teacher "heroes" have already promised to produce a video next — or edit the Google Doc to nominate your own.

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

"It was different in the sense of topic and difficulty. But it was manageable. It seemed like a problem where I did not have to think much, but actually it was quite the opposite. I had to really wrap my head around this problem to get it."
- Noah, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's latest solution

KnowRe Pilot


Looking for an online adaptive program to help you teach Pre Algebra or Algebra 1? Pilot this self-described "digital teacher's aide" for a year — free.

KnowRe provides granular, real-time assessments of students' strengths and weaknesses in a setting that engages them with

  • an "open world" map of algebra concepts to encourage independent exploration
  • comic strips that show a lesson's usefulness in everyday life
  • "walk me through" buttons
  • social learning

Modeled after the practices of "showing your work" and reviewing every step to identify the gaps a student's understanding, KnowRe creates a personalized math curriculum that targets each individual's unique learning needs.

Awarded the Grand Prize in Google's Global K-Startup competition last year, and Best Instructional App in the New York City Schools GapApp Challenge last month, KnowRe invites teachers to apply before the end of June for a free one-year subscription.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Look at number 18 from a student's point of view. An argument could be made that at (-4,0), the graph looks to be tangent to the x axis and at x < -4, the graph appears to increase slightly. That would disqualify the exponential choice and make an argument for the quadratic. Again, we all understand the answer is exponential but, look at it from the suspicious, honor's kid point of view."
- Jon, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Learning Trajectories MOOC-Eds


The first of TurnOnCCMath's free, Massive Open Online Courses for Educators (MOOC-Eds) mentioned in these pages a few weeks ago has opened for registration.

"The Equipartitioning Learning Trajectory: A K-5 Foundation for Rational Number Reasoning" will examine how equipartitioning — grounded in fair sharing activities that create equal-sized groups or parts — provides a foundation for students' conceptual understanding of division, multiplication, ratio, and fractions.

Open to anyone involved in mathematics instruction and implementing the K-8 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics, this free seven-week course runs from Monday, 1 July through Friday, 16 August:


The team from North Carolina State University that created learning trajectories receives support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Oak Foundation, and the Joseph D. Moore Endowment.


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