This week at the Global Math Department

This week at the Global Math Department

Edited By Ashli Black @mythagon

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Online Professional Development Sessions

Tonight Matt Baker presents on Socratic seminars. The session will focus on introducing the idea of Socratic Seminars in the math class through examples that his school has used in the past and review structures and norms that have been successful at his school across disciplines. There will also be discussion of some of the challenges in transferring this structure from a humanities course to a math course.

To join the meeting when it starts at 9pm Eastern (or RSVP if it’s before 9pm), click here.

Last week at Global Math Nancy Butler Wolf presented on Strategies for Success: Bringing Mathematical Modeling into Your Classroom. 
Click here to watch the recording.

Great Blogging Action

What is #SwDMathChat?


You may be asking what does this hashtag stand for, well I have answers for you!  


It stands for Students with Disabilities Math Chat.  It is the twitter chat for teachers, parents, and advocates for students with disabilities.  Everyone is welcome, even if you are not a “special ed teacher.”  The next #SwDMathChat will be October 22nd at 9pm Eastern.


The next question you may be asking is, “Didn’t we already have a special ed math chat called something like spedmath?” Again, I am here with answers!


Yes, last year the twitter math chat for special education was called #spedmath, but as advocates for students with disabilities using this negative nomenclature was not the vibe we wanted to set, especially in the disability rights movement.  So in order to align with the accepted vocabulary of the disability rights movement, we have moved to the more person or identity first hashtag, #SwDMathChat.  

Here is a handy cheat sheet for keeping your own terminology more person or identity first!

written by Andrew Gael, @bkdidact

This is Hard

This “helping students think” can be hard. If you have ever encouraged your students think without telling them how to think and what to think, then you can easily relate with Cathy Yenca’s post You Don’t Teach.

Cathy has a growth mindset and is optimistic that her students will eventually understand why she’s building capacity in them. Read her post and get even more support from Kyle Pearce.

written by andrew stadel, @mr_stadel

The Myth of the Super Teacher

In 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania the Education Writers Association held a special session on Tomorrow’s Teacher: Paths to Prestige and Effectiveness. All of the talks are posted up on Vimeo and are in the 10-15 minutes range. May I suggest starting with Deborah Loewenberg Ball’s talk, Great Teachers Aren’t Born, They’re Taught?

written by ashli black, @mythagon

Global Math Department Needs Your Help!

The Global Math Department is looking for individuals who are interested in planning the Tuesday night webinars hosted on Big Marker. GMD bookers contact potential speakers regarding speaking opportunities, and provide them with details on planning sessions. If you are interested in being more involved with the Global Math Department, contact Heather at or Dylan at

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