Our next professional development course starts in ten days.
"Developing Powerful Problem Solvers" will be led by Max Ray-Riek, the main author of "Powerful Problem Solving," with Suzanne Alejandre and Annie Fetter. Each week of this moderated course, intended for teachers of grades 3-8, addresses a chapter from that Heinemann publication, such as "Learning through Listening," "Noticing and Wondering," and "Change the Representation: Seeing the Big Picture."
The only technical requirements are a web browser and Internet access.
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National Hispanic Heritage Month started last Friday. Celebrate it mathematically with a website that unveils a different Latin@ or Hispanic in the mathematical sciences every day through October 15.
Last September, four mathematicians launched "Lathisms" (which stands for Latin@s and Hispanics in the mathematical sciences) to raise the visibility of the research and mentoring contributions made by Latin@s and Hispanics. At the same time, they wrote an article published in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) with personal vignettes of six of their 31 subjects from National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016:
A free virtual advisor for K-grade 5 math instruction left beta last Wednesday.
Teachers have already vetted each of the thousands of open educational resources (OERs) available from Teacher Advisor With Watson. Those Teaching Strategy videos, lessons, activities, and other curated classroom resources come from such reputable sources as EngageNY, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Achieve, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
But beyond its content, what sets apart Teacher Advisor lies under its hood: it runs on IBM Corporation's cognitive computer technology, Watson. This artificial intelligence made a public splash six years ago, when it appeared on Jeopardy! and bested the television game show's two greatest champions.
With its ability to quickly parse natural language and process enormous amounts of data, Watson's smart search engine learns your teaching needs to offer targeted recommendations. It also pairs related resources together to speed up your lesson planning. Preview it with this video:
Teacher Advisor With Watson was developed after several years of input and testing from and by teachers in collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers, state education superintendents, national education leaders and education nonprofits, and with support from the Stavros Niarchos, Carnegie, and Ford Foundations.