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.

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.

Lagrange Interpolation

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in High School, Post-Secondary | No Comments

Here’s an interesting piece of mathematics that’s fun and useful for high school teachers to know. It deals with polynomials|adding/multiplying polynomials; the relationship between its roots and factors; and so on.