This Week at the Global Math Department

Edited By Chase Orton @mathgeek76
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Online Professional Development Sessions

Jump-start Number Sense and Reasoning in 10 Minutes
Presented by John SanGiovanni
Do your students struggle with reasoning about numbers? Are they challenged to think about the reasonableness of their solutions? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? In this session, participants learn about dynamic, doable activities engage students in reasoning and discussion. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement each and every lesson in any K-2, 3-5, or 6-8 mathematics class regardless of the “core” program.

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

Last week, Ranjani Krishnan presented “Teacher Cloning.” If you missed it, you can catch the recording here.

The #MTBoS Never Sleeps

In Preparation for Next Year

While the end of the school year is a time to reflect, I’m also inspired by the potential of the next school year. In particular, I have been thinking about how I might develop students’ identities as mathematicians and how this relates to their futures.

“I’m preparing you for college” is a phrase Patricia Vandenberg (@VbergMath) confessed she would use to defend some of her class policies. In a tweet, she asked math professors to share what they’d truly like to see in their math students.

Responses varied, but some common themes were (1) teach students how to take ownership of their learning through organization and engagement, (2) encourage students to take risks and embrace ambiguity, and (3) instead of using this phrase, meet students where they are.

Christelle Rocha

Year-end Survey Options

If you are looking for some ideas for a year-end survey, Deidre O’Connor (@historywithmsoc) posted this tweet and has a thread loaded with great suggestions that are general enough for any subject and any grade level.

By Amber Thienel

Notes from an Inspired Editor
Adding to the suggestions of the authors above, Matt Vaudrey has written quite a bit about Teacher Report Cards. It’s brilliant stuff and a wonderful way to build culture at the beginning, middle, and end of the year. How would your classroom culture changed if you considered doing a Teacher Report Card after the first month of school? Would your students open up more? Would the autonomy and authority shift in the classroom?

Here are onetwo, and three short (less than 5 minute reads) blog posts from Matt’s site. Dive in! And let us know what you think.

Chase Orton

GMD is Looking for Presenters!

Do you know someone who you think should lead a GMD Webinar?

Did you see something amazing at a recent conference that needs to be shared?

At Global Math we are proud of our Webinars!  We appreciate all of our presenters and look forward to bringing you the best “PD Iin Your Pajamas” on the internet.  We’re always on the lookout for fresh faces and new ideas.

Please use this recommendation form to let us know who/what should be shared next!  We will take your recommendations and reach out to try to make it happen!

Stay nerdy my friends! Got something you think should go into the GMD Newsletter, hit me up on Twitter at @mathgeek76.

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