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Catalysing a Culture of Curiosity in Mathematics

Presented by John Rowe

Doing mathematics is an amazing way to truly harness the curiosity we naturally bring to things that capture our attention. We play with ideas to explore our intuition and attempt to reason the way the world works. We create models that tell stories of patterns and relationships between what we can see and what we cannot, between what we understand and what we do not.

Teachers can be a catalyst for creating a culture of curiosity in mathematics, serving as a model for working mathematically conducive to learning experiences where students are captivated by the beauty of mathematics.

This webinar will provide participants with examples of how we might foster a classroom culture where students ask more questions than their teacher and where learning is a process of reflection, sharing the insights made and resolutions reached.

To join us at 9:00 PM EST for this webinar click here!

Next Week

Building Visual Patterns Into Your Warmup Routine

Presented by Fawn Nguyen

Calling all teachers (grades 1 through 12+) who are new to visual patterns! I’d love to share with you how I use visual patterns as one of my warmup routines. I’ll share key questions to ask students, helpful structures to build algebraic reasoning, and ways to kick it up a few notches once your students are familiar with working with patterns. With faithful implementation, using visual patterns provides a powerful tool to build confidence and flexibility in writing equations.

Register ahead of time by clicking here!

You can always check out past and upcoming Global Math Department webinars. Click here for the archives or get the webinars in podcast form!

From the World of Math Ed

Readings for Pleasure

One of the symptoms of beginning the school year is that I sometimes find myself with less time or energy to read or study mathematics purely for pleasure. It’s a shame, really, because one of the sources from which I draw strength and joy in teaching mathematics is the joy I feel when I do mathematics for its own sake either at home or in community with others.

Instead of sharing resources dealing directly with the classroom this week, I’ll shout out a few longer-form resources and recent articles about STEM, which can be read with students or read simply for fun. Maybe you will find some of these articles enticing or, at least, a respite from the demands and excitement of the new school year.

Quanta Magazine

If you haven’t already, spend some time seeing if you enjoy the articles in Quanta Magazine. The publication dives into current science and math research in an accessible way through what they describe as “public service journalism.” Just as many math educators strive to spread the message that everyone is a math person, Quanta approaches math and science journalism with a similar lens: that all readers are STEM people capable of accessing the forefronts of the field in meaningful ways.

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (@IBJIYONGI) teaches us about Ann Nelson, a theoretical particle physicist who passed away last month and who fought against misogyny and racism in the scientific profession.

Kevin Hartnett (@KSHartnett), in A Mathematical Model Unlocks the Secrets of Vision, helps us understand how mathematics can be used to explain how our brains create images of the world despite receiving very little actual information from our visual system.

Erica Klarreich (@EricaKlarreich), in Decades-Old Computer Science Conjecture Solved in Two Pages, breaks down a proof about the structure of computer circuits using analogies and beautifully crafted diagrams.

Symmetry Magazine

Symmetry Magazine is about particle physics with links to outside resources but also many articles of its own. I only learned about the magazine recently through the article Channeling Shuri as a physicist at Wakandacon, which talks about Wakandacon, a 3-day Afro-Futuristic celebration that took place in Chicago last July.

AMS Blogs

The American Mathematical Society website hosts a diverse body of blogs about mathematics and the mathematics profession. I have recently enjoyed reading entries from inclusion/exclusion, a blog about underrepresented groups in mathematics. In particular, read Decolonize Academia #KūKiaʻiMauna, which takes up the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project planned on Mauna Kea and which challenges readers to think about ones research as also impacting the world outside the explicit inquiry of the researcher.

The passion we feel for the math and science we teach is one way in which we continue to push ourselves as educators, but that passion must be nourished and sustained. Whatever you do to sustain your passion—whether it’s doing math on your own, with adults, or with your students—just make sure that passion drives you to love your students for who they are, regardless of whether they share your same love for the field.

Melvin Peralta
@melvinmperalta

Problems of Practice

As researchers, we spend a lot of time with experienced secondary math teachers thinking about, well, math teaching. In the context of a larger study, we’ve been looking at conversations with small groups of teachers where they reflect on their practice with the help of video and audio from one of their recent lessons. We’ve discovered that these conversations are full of rich problems of practice –– questions and concerns that these experienced teachers grapple with in their everyday work. Across the groups, it became clear that many teachers faced similar problems, despite teaching in different schools and having varied backgrounds. Here are some of the challenges they are facing in their classrooms (out of 33 conversations with 15 different experienced math  teachers):

This chart shows the top six most commonly surfaced problems of practice in the context of these conversations. Across these discussions, there were 1,331 instances where teachers or facilitators problematized the practice of teaching. Of these instances, teachers wondered about setting up effective group work 193 times, making this particular problem of practice the most frequently named. Clearly, facilitating group work is incredibly complex, dynamic, and challenging. The second most frequent issue involved preserving instruction to the intended lesson goals. The prevalence of this challenge indicates how hard it is to make decisions that preserve the intent of instruction in the realities of the classroom. Although it did not make the top five, we found it noteworthy that the question  ‘How do I manage the constraints and demands of being a teacher’, came in sixth place. This suggests that what teachers are able to do does not entirely depend on them: teaching goes far beyond the classroom and into navigating a complicated world.

The entire process of cataloging problems of practice, as well as the sheer number that we found, indicates that even the most experienced of teachers face a multitude of challenges over the course of their days in planning, implementation, and in-the-moment decision making.

As the new school year begins, what problems of practice are you facing? What are you discussing with colleagues as you head back to school?

Ilana Horn (@ilana_horn)
Jessica Moses
Patricia Buenrostro
Samantha Marshall (@sammieamarshall)
Vanderbilt University

* All teachers had at least 5 years experience and were a part of a professional development program.

Back to Work

It’s back to school time for educators in Ontario, Canada and this long weekend I am looking ahead and accepting what promises to be an adventurous school year. Teacher contracts expired yesterday, and provincial leaders continue to undermine public education; yet I know many educators who are preparing to return to classrooms and supporting roles not with trepidation but a renewed commitment to better serve students and their communities.

In her closing keynote for the Virtual Conference on Humanizing Mathematics (#VConHM) hosted by Sameer Shah (@SamJShah2) and myself, Dr. Rochelle Gutiérrez offers her insightful thoughts on rehumanizing mathematics and invites us to take stock of our praxis with the following reflexive questions:

  1. In mathematics, what feels dehumanizing to my students?
  2. In mathematics, what feels dehumanizing to me, other teachers, or families/communities?
  3. What might feel more rehumanizing?
  4. Who can help me rehumanize this space?

Let it be known this is not entry-level Equity 101 Work. This Work requires continual reading, processing, collaborating and most importantly dialogue with critical thought partners to push through cognitive dissonance.

Upcoming this week is a new chat #GhostsInTheSchoolyard led by @DingleTeach@MochaMomma, and @TeachNext_TMB to prepare #MTBoS for the Centennial Annual Exposition and Meeting of NCTM in Chicago in April of 2020. Please check out Marian’s latest blog post, Mathematical Ghosts.

By the time you read these words, Ontario educators will be almost halfway through the first day of the 2019-2020 scholastic year and in Dr. Gutiérrez’s words,

“I am hopeful about where we are as a field in being willing to acknowledge the violence that is regularly perpetuated (knowingly and unknowingly) against students, teachers, faculty, and members of society through mathematical practices, policies, and structures.” 

Wishing you a scholastic year of discomfort, unlearning, and relearning.

Hema
@HKhodai

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PART 2: How Might Our Beliefs Impact Our Identity as Mathematics Educators?

Presented by Megan Holmstrom and Ryan Grady

As we engage in professional development with teachers mathematics teaching & learning, we have found that asking three questions is a crucial place to begin the work with any group. As you think about the teaching and learning teams you are a part of, consider these three questions:

  1. Who are we?
  2. Why are we doing this?
  3. Why are we doing this, this way?

Further, NCTM’s Guiding Principles for School Mathematics states that, “Professionalism [exists] in an excellent mathematics program, [when] educators hold themselves and their colleagues accountable for the mathematical success of every student and for their personal and collective professional growth toward effective teaching and learning of mathematics” (Principles to Actions p.5 – NCTM 2014). How are we holding our collective accountability in shared professional growth?

Please note: this is Part 2, consider reviewing our conversation from June 18 as front-loading for this chat.

To join us at 9:00 PM EST for this webinar click here!

Next Week

Observational Feedback that Sticks: Google and Extensions that Create Actionable Feedback

Presenters:  Brandi Simpson & Brooke Lucio

Based on the work of Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Teaching That Sticks, this session will demonstrate how observational feedback can “find the core” to develop a productive coaching relationship. We will share our protocols and system for providing feedback that integrates AutoCrat and the Google Suite. Participants will walk away with the skills to design and customize feedback tools to meet their needs at any level.

You can always check out past and upcoming Global Math Department webinars. Click here for the archives or get the webinars in podcast form!

Welcome Back!

The Virtual Conference on Humanizing Mathematics

Last summer, Sameer Shah (@SamJShah2) hosted a Virtual Conference on Mathematical Flavors featuring blog posts from educators who shared their everyday practices that shaped students’ understanding of mathematics. This summer, he invited me to collaborate with him and I accepted the incredible opportunity to create a space for critical engagement and reflection on a theme that has been central to my learning this year; belonging. Our initial conversation revealed a mutual interest in the doing of mathematics as a human endeavor, mathematical identity, belonging in mathematics education spaces, and the rehumanizing of mathematics.

We offer to you for the month of August, the Virtual Conference on Humanizing Mathematics featuring keynote bloggers who are addressing the prompt(s):

How do you highlight that the doing of mathematics is a human endeavor?

How do you express your identity as a doer of mathematics to, and share your “why” for doing mathematics with, kids?

#MTBoS contributors from K-16 are also participating by responding to weekly mini-questions and sharing their mathematical experiences, mathematical identities, and reflecting on what scholarly terms (like ‘mathematics for human flourishing’ and ‘re-humanizing mathematics’) have to come mean in their practice.

Click on the image below to introduce our topic for Week 4 of the conference:

Readers of the first edition of this school year’s GMD Newsletter are the first to know that we are honored to host Dr. Rochelle Guttiérez as our closing keynote blogger on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

We whole-heartedly invite you to visit the virtual convention center and learn with us.

Written by Hema Khodai (@HKhodai)

Getting Specific About Equity and Humanizing Mathematics

I’d like to highlight what I see as a burgeoning trend in many parts of the math edutwittersphere. Roughly, this trend involves ideas like equity, humanizing mathematics, critical theory, and power and identity. This trend seems to be distinct from other topics in math ed like cognitive science and mindset research but still closely connected, and I’ve noticed at least three general types of activities surrounding this idea of equity, humanizing mathematics, and applying a critical lens:

  1. Spread, Reflect, Critique: Calling out others and ourselves to attend more fully to the work of unlearning, self-reflection, and critique.
  2. Research: Collecting, analyzing, and reporting qualitative data on moves and practices that support this work.
  3. Specification: Being specific about the ways we operationalize ideas about equity and humanizing mathematics.

Item 3 might be the toughest to do well but it’s also vital for us if we want to move forward as a math ed community. Thankfully, the Virtual Conference on Humanizing Mathematics represents one of several ways we as math educators are helping each other put our ideas about equity and humanizing mathematics into practice. The specific blog posts and Twitter threads can be found at the convention center, and instructions for submitting a contribution can be found here.

One Twitter thread caught my eye. It was by Jimmy Pai (@PaiMath), who went through every single contribution from week one and gave thoughtful, reflective comments on each one.

His feedback highlights the kind of conversations and exchange that can occur when we talk at all levels of grain size, from the critical-analogical-macroscopic reflections of Marian (@DingleTeach) and Hema’s (@HKhodai) keynote address to Chris’s (@cluzniak) share of #DebateMath and journals.

Besides the virtual conference, @JessicaTilli1 asked folx: “If you could conduct interviews for a middle school math teaching position, what are some questions you would ask?”. This triggered a host of responses, many in the realm of equity, humanizing math, and critical theory. I’ll end by highlighting just a few:

Written by Melvin Peralta (@melvinmperalta)

Great Prompts from Summer

I love when a good prompt catches fire on Twitter. The result is a mile long thread full of ideas, strategies, advice, etc that’s just loaded with goodness. Do these things have a name?  (I feel like they need a name!)  Below I’ve shared a few of these loaded threads.  Click on the image of the tweet to take you to the thread and get scrolling!

As we start the new year it’s always good to have some norms:

Math is beautiful.  Check out this collection of “mathematical mindfulls”:

If you’re new to the profession there’s an embarrassment of riches here. Going into my 15th year next week there’s plenty I need to hear too!

For everyone who finished their reading lists this summer (I’m joking, right?), Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How to Be an Antiracist” comes out today and inspired this:

When you find amazing threads like this #pushsend and chime in, and/or retweet so the rest of us don’t miss all the goodness!  Happy Back to School Everybody!

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Building Visual Patterns Into Your Warmup Routine

Building Visual Patterns Into Your Warmup Routine

Special Note: The audio is a bit rough for the first 10 seconds or so due to recording issues with our hosting platform.

Presented by: Fawn Nguyen

Calling all teachers (grades 1 through 12+) who are new to visual patterns! I’d love to share with you how I use visual patterns as one of my warmup routines. I’ll share key questions to ask students, helpful structures to build algebraic reasoning, and ways to kick it up a few notches once your students are familiar with working with patterns. With faithful implementation, using visual patterns provides a powerful tool to build confidence and flexibility in writing equations.

Hosted by: Sheila Orr

Note: Watch the full presentation at: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Building-Visual-Patterns-Into-Your-Warmup-Routine

Presented on September 10, 2019

Catalysing a Culture of Curiosity in Mathematics

Catalysing a Culture of Curiosity in Mathematics

Presented by: John Rowe

Doing mathematics is an amazing way to truly harness the curiosity we naturally bring to things that capture our attention. We play with ideas to explore our intuition and attempt to reason the way the world works. We create models that tell stories of patterns and relationships between what we can see and what we cannot, between what we understand and what we do not.

Teachers can be a catalyst for creating a culture of curiosity in mathematics, serving as a model for working mathematically conducive to learning experiences where students are captivated by the beauty of mathematics.

This webinar will provide participants with examples of how we might foster a classroom culture where students ask more questions than their teacher and where learning is a process of reflection, sharing the insights made and resolutions reached.

Hosted by: Leigh Nataro

Note: Watch the full presentation at: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Catalysing-a-Culture-of-Curiosity-in-Mathematics

Presented on September 3, 2019

Thinking About Your Thinking: Writing + Math

Thinking About Your Thinking: Writing + Math

Presented by: Cindy Reagan

Journals, self-evaluations, writing prompts, reflections, and written goals helped improve my students’ critical thinking skills, metacognition, self-awareness, and engagement. I’ll share strategies and examples – and I’d love to discuss how to help you start, or grow, this process in your class.

Hosted by: Leigh Nataro

Note: Watch the full presentation at: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Thinking-About-Your-Thinking-Writing-Math

Presented on August 27, 2019

Observational Feedback that Sticks: Google and Extensions that Create Actionable Feedback

Observational Feedback that Sticks: Google and Extensions that Create Actionable Feedback

Presented by: Brandi Simpson & Brooke Lucio

Based on the work of Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Teaching That Sticks, this session will demonstrate how observational feedback can “find the core” to develop a productive coaching relationship. We will share our protocols and system for providing feedback that integrates AutoCrat and the Google Suite. Participants will walk away with the skills to design and customize feedback tools to meet their needs at any level.

Hosted by: Jessica Bogie

Note: Watch the full presentation at: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Observational-Feedback-that-Sticks-Google-and-Extensions-that-Create-Actionable-Feedback

Presented on August 20, 2019

How Might Our Beliefs Impact Our Identity as Mathematics Educators? (Part 2: Second Half)

How Might Our Beliefs Impact Our Identity as Mathematics Educators? (Part 2)

Note: This is the second half of this webinar.

Presented by: Megan Holmstrom and Ryan Grady

As we engage in professional development with teachers mathematics teaching & learning, we have found that asking three questions is a crucial place to begin the work with any group. As you think about the teaching and learning teams you are a part of, consider these three questions:
Who are we?
Why are we doing this?
Why are we doing this, this way?
Further, NCTM’s Guiding Principles for School Mathematics states that, “Professionalism [exists] in an excellent mathematics program, [when] educators hold themselves and their colleagues accountable for the mathematical success of every student and for their personal and collective professional growth toward effective teaching and learning of mathematics” (Principles to Actions p.5 – NCTM 2014). How are we holding our collective accountability in shared professional growth?
Join us for the continuation of our June discussion and engagement around job-embedded professional learning across PreK-G12 mathematics!
Please note: this is Part 2, consider reviewing our conversation from June 18 as front-loading for our August chat.

Hosted by: Sheila Orr

Note: Watch the full presentation at: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/PART-2-How-Might-Our-Beliefs-Impact-Our-Identity-as-Mathematics-Educators

Presented on August 13, 2019

How Might Our Beliefs Impact Our Identity as Mathematics Educators? (Part 2: First Half)

How Might Our Beliefs Impact Our Identity as Mathematics Educators? (Part 2)

Note: This is the first half of this webinar.

Presented by: Megan Holmstrom and Ryan Grady

As we engage in professional development with teachers mathematics teaching & learning, we have found that asking three questions is a crucial place to begin the work with any group. As you think about the teaching and learning teams you are a part of, consider these three questions:
Who are we?
Why are we doing this?
Why are we doing this, this way?
Further, NCTM’s Guiding Principles for School Mathematics states that, “Professionalism [exists] in an excellent mathematics program, [when] educators hold themselves and their colleagues accountable for the mathematical success of every student and for their personal and collective professional growth toward effective teaching and learning of mathematics” (Principles to Actions p.5 – NCTM 2014). How are we holding our collective accountability in shared professional growth?
Join us for the continuation of our June discussion and engagement around job-embedded professional learning across PreK-G12 mathematics!
Please note: this is Part 2, consider reviewing our conversation from June 18 as front-loading for our August chat.

Hosted by: Sheila Orr

Note: Watch the full presentation at: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/PART-2-How-Might-Our-Beliefs-Impact-Our-Identity-as-Mathematics-Educators

Presented on August 13, 2019

How Might Our Beliefs Impact Our Identity as Mathematics Educators? (Part 1)

How Might Our Beliefs Impact Our Identity as Mathematics Educators?

Presented by: Megan Holmstrom

As we engage in professional development with teachers mathematics teaching & learning, we have found that asking three questions is a crucial place to begin the work with any group. As you think about the teaching and learning teams you are a part of, consider these three questions:
Who are we?
Why are we doing this?
Why are doing this this way?
NCTM’s Guiding Principles for School Mathematics states that, “Professionalism [exists] in an excellent mathematics program, [when] educators hold themselves and their colleagues accountable for the mathematical success of every student and for their personal and collective professional growth toward effective teaching and learning of mathematics” (Principles to Actions p.5 – NCTM 2014). How are we holding our collective accountability in shared professional growth?
Join us for discussion and engagement around job-embedded professional learning across PreK-G12 mathematics!

Hosted by:Marissa Grayson

Note: Watch the full presentation at: https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/How-Might-Our-Beliefs-Impact-Our-Identity-as-Mathematics-Educators

Presented on June 11, 2019

Making Fluency Meaningful (Part 2)

Making Fluency Meaningful (Part 2)

Presented by: Anne Agostinelli

Note: This is part 2 of this podcast.

Have you heard about Math or Number Talks but wonder how to make them meaningful? Let’s explore what makes them effective: the protocol, talk moves, and the many resources from our #MTBoS community, along with ideas for making it all fit into your math classes.

Hosted by: Jessica Bogie

Note: Watch the full presentation at:  https://www.bigmarker.com/GlobalMathDept/Making-Fluency-Meaningful3-2019-05-09-08-00-am

Presented on June 11, 2019