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 6 January, 2017                                 Vol. 22, No. 1


            IAS/PCMI Applications Due for Summer 2017
                  Math Forum Online PD Courses
           Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had



 Reminder: Apply by Sunday, January 15, to attend the 2017
 Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) of IAS/PCMI, the Park City
 Mathematics Institute (PCMI).

 At PCMI 2017, teachers will participate in working groups;
 reflect on practice, with special emphasis on inquiry; and take
 a course on random matrices that will offer plenty of
 interesting mathematics that is suitable for any grade level.

 Thanks to program support provided by Math for America,
 participating teachers will receive a stipend during this
 residential program, which takes place in Park City, Utah, from
 June 29 to July 17, 2017. Six quarter-credits of 400-level
 mathematics are available from the University of Washington.

 For a snapshot of last summer's session, which included a
 course on probability and big data, download this PDF (3.7MB):

 The Math Forum hosts working sites and other information on
 PCMI's K-grade 12 programs, dating from 2001:



    Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

 "To me, it feels like taking what I know from the Mathematical
 Practices, the Process Standards, others' work on Habits of
 Mind, and trying to put it into a short, kid- and
 teacher-friendly list."

 - Max, posted to his blog
who-are-ready-to-learn-from-problem-solving/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATH FORUM ONLINE PD COURSES Our next professional development courses start soon. The lineup includes these offerings: - PoW Membership: Resources & Strategies for Effective Implementation - Nurturing Powerful Problem Solvers - Differentiating Math Instruction: Using Rich Tasks, Whole Group Discussion, and Small Group Work to Reach All Learners - Learning from Student Work: Make the Most of Your PoW Membership - Mentor Your Own: Supporting Strong Development of Mathematical Practices The only technical requirements are a web browser and Internet access. To see what teachers have said about past courses afer completing them, check out Hurry! Registrations begin closing Monday, January 9, 2017. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- Now taking place: math education conversation of the day "I think this is a significant question for multiple reasons. I'll share a couple of those here." - Barb, posted to the Teacher2Teacher Teachers' Lounge -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- BECOMING THE MATH TEACHER YOU WISH YOU'D HAD
becoming-math-teacher-you-wish-youd-had A book that hit shelves this week aims to help teachers make math class more like what actual mathematicians do. Chapters of "Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had" include-- - Mathematicians Take Risks; - Mathematicians Are Precise; - Mathematicians Work Together and Alone; and - 'Favorable Conditions' for All Math Students. Author Tracy Johnston Zager began teaching fourth grade at a public school in the Pacific Northwest. After supervising student teachers; working with the Boston Teacher Residency program; and teaching in urban, suburban, and rural schools, she now serves as the math coach for a New Hampshire grade school and an editor for Stenhouse Publishers. To prepare for her book, subtitled "Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms," Zager plunged into the research, which she described as encompassing "everything Deborah Schifter ever wrote, and everything from Ball, Lampert, Fennema and Nelson, Hersh, Gresham, Beilock ..." among others. Zager also visited and observed scores of math classrooms until she found the teachers she was looking for. Only then did she begin writing in earnest. She described the effort as "putting to words what made me so darn happy in their classrooms." Throughout her literature review and fieldwork, Zager maintained her focus on questions such as these: - What's essential to the discipline of mathematics?; - How can we improve the system when we're the products of the system?; and - What's replicable? "Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had" comes with a companion website, which freely offers study guides with discussion questions and links to select videos, articles, and other resources: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum at NCTM Online PD Online Workshops Ask Dr. Math Problems of the Week Powerful Problem Solving Mathematics Library Math Tools Teacher2Teacher Discussion Groups Join the Math Forum Ask Dr. Math Books Facebook Blogs Twitter Feed SEND COMMENTS TO: _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ An archive of all the Math Forum newsletters and directions for subscribing can be found at

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