TAKE ACTION! Join MCTM in Duluth April 29-30th.

As President of MCTM, I am hoping to see each of you in Duluth April 29-30th, 2016 for our annual conference. My favorite part of conferences is the opportunity to network with math teachers from around the state that inspire me. The best ideas and most effective change I’ve made in my own classroom has often come from the people I meet in Duluth each year.

MCTM’s Mission Statement: MEANINGFUL

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

Submitted by Sara Van Der Werf
This article is part 5 of an 8 article series highlighting 8 words in the MCTM Mission Statement highlighting the word ‘MEANINGFUL’.

MN Math Tweeter of the Month

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | One Comment

Submitted by Megan Schmidt.
A few years ago, Nicole Bridge (@NicoleBridge1) couldn’t imagine any use for Twitter in her life. Now she can’t imagine her life without it.

The Only Way to LEARN Mathematics Is to DO Mathematics

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Elementary, High School, Middle School | No Comments

Submitted by Sara VanDerWerf.
So what might the Learning of Math look like in our classrooms? Here are a couple of areas I am challenging myself in my own practice and I share with you.

Best STEM Book of the Year – The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in High School, Middle School | One Comment

Submitted by Anna Thompson.
I’m not much of a science-fiction reader these days, but I like to keep up on the books my students are reading and this one looked like believable sci-fi. As I read, I realized it was chock-full of mathematical problem solving that my students could understand.

MCA Online Item Samplers and Teacher Guides

Item samplers and teacher guides are available as resources for MCA preparation. The teacher guides give additional information about each sampler item and may be used in conjunction with the samplers. (The online location for both of these is at the end of this post.)

MCA Assessment Update

Now that the New Year has begun, it’s time to turn our attention to the MCAs. The following is some important information about OLPA and the 2016 MCA tests.

Get Off the Escalator! “Teaching” is Active and Intentional.

Submitted by Sara Van Der Werf
As we enter 2016, my wish for the all teachers is that we would stop wasting time making excuses for why our students are not learning, we would not waste time wishing for students to arrive with more skills than they have. I wish we would see the assets our students do arrive with. I wish for all of us that we would actively do something different if our students are not successful. My wish for 2016 is that all of us would ‘get off the escalator’ and make intentional choices in our teaching.

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.

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.