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Gearing up to Teach the Common Core State Standards
Math Circles for Teachers: Article
Math Circles for Elementary School Students: Book
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Gearing up to Teach the Common Core State Standards
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=331
What are states and districts doing to help teachers prepare to
teach the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM)?
What challenges and needs do educators face as they prepare to
implement the CCSSM?
Yesterday, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) began
unpacking these questions when it released a study of
interviews and surveys of almost 200 rural educators.
Freely download "Gearing up to Teach the CCSSM in rural
Northeast Region schools" as a PDF:
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/northeast/ pdf/REL_2015031.pdf
Prepared by IES for the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL)
Northeast & Islands administered by Education Development
Center (EDC), this study also details CCSSM's most demanding
content areas and important instructional challenges, as felt
across 48 rural districts in Maine, New Hampshire, New York,
and Vermont.

PoW taking place: math problemsolving moment of the week

"The most common method of solving the problem was to split
the group into smaller parts. You can see examples of this
from John Z. of Great Neck Elementary School, Sophia N. of
Bandelier Elementary, Atticus C. of Wallingford Elementary
School, and Connor D. of Hanover Street School. Sophia and
Connor both included pictures that show the groups very
clearly. John's solution is notable because he wrote an
equation to calculate the number of people. Margit B. of Oyster
River Middle School used a variation of this method, making it
easy to then multiply.... We had preservice mentors from
Northwest Missouri State University and West Virginia
University providing feedback to students for this problem. It
was exciting to see that many of you revised your work after
hearing from a mentor!"

 Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4495
Math Circles for Teachers: Article
http://www.ams.org/notices/201411/rnotip1335.pdf
The latest issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical
Society (AMS) contains an article about math teachers' circles
(MTCs). These gatherings convene mathematicians and math
teachers around rich problems. According to the article, MTCs
"leverage mathematicians' disciplinary knowledge and skill"
while encouraging teachers "to develop as mathematicians by
engaging them in the process of doing mathematics, and create
an ongoing professional K20 mathematics community."
This freely downloadable PDF includes the section "An MTC
Session: Dividing Squares," which serves up the kind of
problem that typifies those used in MTCs:

easy to state

requiring minimal background knowledge

open ended

leading to rich and interesting investigations
"Math Teachers' Circles: Partnerships between Mathematicians
and Teachers" references a Conference Board of the Mathematical
Sciences (CBMS) document that claims that "a substantial
benefit of [MTCs] is that they address the isolation of both
teachers and practicing mathematicians." In the eight months
since MTCs last appeared in these pages, their numbers have
grown to more than eighty nationwide. Find your nearest MTC, as
well as upcoming workshops, by visiting the American Institute
of Mathematics' alphabetical listing by state:
http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/membercircles/

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Una solución si no más elegante si más sencilla: ..."

 Jon, posted to the Snark discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9640939
Math Circles for Elementary School Students: Book
http://www.ams.org/bookstoregetitem/item=mcl13
As recapped by the Notices article above, MTCs evolved out of
math circles for students. The AMS has just released a new book
on those problemsolving groups, as well — and it's chock full
of illustrated challenges and handson activities.
Copublished with the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
(MSRI), Math Circles for Elementary School Students consists
of 28 sets of problems for young readers to work through
independently or to discuss with adults. All come with answers;
the first fifteen also include remarks addressed to teachers
and parents. Among other features, each of those "At the
Lesson" sections for adults describes how past math circle
participants have reacted to the problem sets.
Math Circles for Elementary School Students was written by
Natasha Rozhkovskaya, a professor of mathematics at Kansas
State University. Freely download a preview to sample the
lessons "Knights and a dragon," on symmetry, and "How old
are you?"
http://www.ams.org/bookstore/pspdf/mcl13prev.pdf


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