Math On-A-Stick

Submitted by Jessica Breur.
Those of you from Minnesota probably understand that for most Minnesotans the last “official” summer event is the Minnesota State Fair. I attended the fair. I did not eat anything on a stick. I did, however, experience Math On-A-Stick, and it was amazing.

Observations from a New Teacher

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Middle School | One Comment

Submitted by Heather Novak.
With any career pursuit, most learning happens in the first few months on the job – the learning curve is inevitable…In my classroom, the following have been absolutely essential in building a classroom environment where learning math is engaging, interactive and fun.

Graphing Stories

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

Submitted by Anna Thompson.
Does every picture tell a story?
Conversely, we might say that every story has a picture and in algebra that picture is usually a graph…. enter: Dan Meyer’s Graphing Stories.

The Importance of Quick Images and Multiplicative Thinking

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Elementary, Middle School | No Comments

Submitted by Nina Smith.
Faye B. Clark and Constance Kamii report “Multiplicative thinking was found early (45% of second graders demonstrated some multiplicative thinking) and developed slowly (only about 48% of fifth graders demonstrated consistently solid multiplicative thinking)”. So how can we support students to develop this type of thinking?

Happy Hunting

Into the fall and winter many people find themselves out hunting. No different the mathematicians perusing the NCTM Regional Conference Program Book in November in Minneapolis. With pen and highlighter poised participants were ready to hit the target of the perfect session(s) to find that “just right” strategy to address the focus of classroom or district needs.

Academic Mindset

The word “Mindset” has a nearly automatic association to many educators out there…but what if all along we haven’t been putting this theory in its rightful place as a facet of a larger, more important mindset, the Academic Mindset?

Promoting the Right Stuff

You know what you should do? PROMOTE the right stuff.
Thoughts on MCTM’s Mission Statement

Making Minnesota Nice with the Standards of Mathematical Practice

As members of the Minnesota mathematics community, it may be no mystery that the Gopher state opted out of adopting the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.

Math Tweeter of the Month

Last year, at MCTM in Duluth, Aloma P. Rohman (@rohmansoldier) joined Twitter and started her exciting journey through the MathTwitterBlogosphere (#MTBoS).

Polynomial Operations Tips

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in High School, Middle School | No Comments

I recently attended the Regional NCTM conference in Minneapolis where I sat in on a lot of great sessions. One of the sessions I sat in on was titled Using Area Models To Teach Multiplying, Factoring And Polynomial Division.