22 March, 2013
Volume 18 No. 12
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The Math Forum at NCSM

The Math Forum at NCTM

2013 Brown Center Report on American Education


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

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Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

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The Math Forum at NCSM


Are you attending the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) next month?

Math Forum staff, faculty from Drexel's online Master's in Mathematics Learning and Teaching (MLT), and associates will present no fewer than eight sessions in Denver:

Monday, 15 April, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (NCSM session 162)
Pressing Pause: An Online Professional Development Model that Helps Teachers Take Time to Examine Student Thinking
Monday, 15 April, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (NCSM session 188)
Noticing and Wondering as a Vehicle to Understanding the Problem
Monday, 15 April, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (NCSM session 189)
Ensure High-Quality Mathematics Instruction for All Students through Online Learning Communities That Bring the Standards for Mathematical Practice to Life
Tuesday, 16 April, 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM (NCSM session 205)
iPads: Creating Opportunities for Student Discourse
Tuesday, 16 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 244)
Notice and Wonder: Supporting Students to Engage and Teachers to Use Student Thinking
Tuesday, 16 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 245)
Deepening Our Understanding of Elementary CCSS Mathematics While Practicing Our Teaching
Wednesday, 17 April, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (NCSM session 352)
Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Helping Teachers Develop Students' Math Communication Skills
Wednesday, 17 April, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM (NCSM session 382)
Ignite! We'll Enlighten You and We'll Make It Quick!

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

"Only two more nested squares to go ... stay with me. Now I'm working with a 2.12 inch × 2.12 inch square. I set up the equation. So c = 1.5 inches. Yeah!"
- W B, highlighted in the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution

The Math Forum at NCTM


Coming to the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)? Check us out:

Tuesday, 16 April, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Research Presession)
Supporting Teachers' Understandings of Function through Online PD
Friday, 19 April, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (NCTM session 482)
When Reasoning Matters: Using Mathematical Thinking to Make Financial Decisions
Friday, 19 April, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (NCTM session 531)
Our iPad Story: Helping Our Students Develop Their Practice
Friday, 19 April, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (NCTM session 586)
Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Developing Students' Math Communication Skills
Saturday, 20 April, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM (NCTM session 680)
An Invitation to Experience Online Lesson Study Firsthand

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I have a freshman who moved here fom another country who wants to skip A2/T and Pre-Calc and take AP Calculus. He said he already learned all the material in his native country and the Geometry Honors course he is in now is too easy for him as well."
- Jayson, posted to the general discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

2013 Brown Center Report on American Education


On Monday, the Brookings Institution published its twelfth annual Brown Center Report on American Education, titled "How Well Are American Students Learning?" It focuses on the latest results from the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) released in December, 2012.

Part I of the Brown Center Report offers "A Progress Report on the A+ Countries" — so called because of their high achievement on the first TIMSS, in 1995. Part II explores tracking and ability grouping. Part III analyzes the national push for eighth graders to take algebra and other high school math courses.

Among many other observations, the report finds that

  • the scores of Finland and the U.S. are now statistically indistinguishable for both fourth and eighth grade math
  • while five of the six A+ countries continue to lead the world in eighth-grade math achievement, and continue to score significantly higher than the U.S., only one exceeded the U.S. gain of 17 points, with a second nation matching that improvement
  • U.S. states that are more selective in math placements -- not the ones that aggressively accelerate eighth graders into advanced courses -- are more likely to show achievement gains in those courses
  • ... with one exception: eighth grade geometry classes

To freely download the full 33 page PDF (3MB), click



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