Letters from the OCTM President Hello Oklahoma Math Teachers: I’m so excited to start monthly “letters from the OCTM President” on OKMath Teachers. OCTM is the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics. We are the local chapter of NCTM, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Members of OCTM get a variety of benefits including: […]
Telannia Norfar will host the monthly math webinar on Monday, May 18th at 6 p.m.. The webinars occur every third Monday of the month. This month’s webinar will focus on math stations in the secondary classroom. There will be a brief discussion of the stations in the elementary classroom as well. You can register for […]
The Mathematics Standards Writing Committee is formed and eager to begin work on a critical project that will touch so many lives. While the committee’s membership is limited, the voices that contribute can be many. Your input in standards-creation is invaluable. Toward that end, you are invited to participate in the first Math Standards Review Survey. […]
Conference excitement starts as early as the plane ride. It is always fun to stand in the boarding line or sit next to a fellow math geek on their way to (or from) a national math conference. On one plane, a gentleman and his young son sat between a fellow NCSM traveler and me. His […]
This time of year brings a number of challenges in the classroom. The concept of time seems to become fluid, where class periods seem to go by in a moment and the week seems to drag on forever. The impossibility of achieving 100% attendance captures the concept of the asymptote with precision. And, obviously, the pressure […]
Teacher Leader and Instructional Coaches Network Quarterly Planning Meeting May 18, 2015 10:00 AM Edmond Administration Building Edmond, OK Host: Robbyn Glinsmann Robbyn.Glinsmann@edmondschools.net A small group of us have been working to get this network started and we are excited to grow the network. Who should come? If you are a teacher leader, even if […]
Talk about math. Talk about anything you like about math. Talk about it anywhere, with anyone. Tell them why it’s great. Tell them how you think. Tell them how it surprises you, how it charms you, and how it all fits together. Kids Love to talk! We talk about our reading, our writing, our science, […]
Starting April 20, Telannia Norfar will host monthly webinars focused on Oklahoma math classrooms. This month’s webinar will focus on the Question Formulation Technique. The technique helps students learn how to ask questions that will led them to learning important concepts. During the webinar, Norfar will share experiences from her own classroom. The hour webinar […]
This summer, spend time at an Oklahoma college or university and discover the fascinating worlds of aeronautics, forensic science, engineering, environmental conservation and much more! Summer Academies are FREE! Be sure to request applications from the contact person listed under the academy you choose. Or call 1.800.858.1840 for more information. What – Free STEM Summer Academies Who – […]
Eagerly experiment, explore and create at the nationally renowned Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics during a jam-packed, three-week summer academy. Fill your summer days learning from the best – a faculty experienced at teaching college-level in subjects ranging from photography to physics and from plants to presidents. Located on the school’s, 32-acre campus in […]
Math teachers, in general, are usually good at following a schedule and sticking to a routine, unless it is the week leading up to March 14. Pi Day is an international holiday in the eyes of math teachers all across the world. I also recently learned that March 14 happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday […]
“There are two versions of math in the lives of many Americans: the strange and boring subject that they encountered in classrooms and an interesting set of ideas that is the math of the world, and is curiously different and surprisingly engaging. Our task is to introduce this second version to today’s students, get […]
How aggravating is it to look at a student’s paper and see only the answers written (sometimes incorrectly) with nothing else? Well, turn their problem solving into a game! One simple roll of the die can help guide students to explain and communicate their thinking on paper when solving problems.
Replace indifference with curiosity. Replace consumption with creativity. Replace competition with collaboration. Replace isolation with conversation. Michael Fenton is one of a few folks out there who help me see through some of the distractions around what good teaching looks like. With so much emphasis on technology in the classroom, Michael questions whether or not […]
Specific values of coins is sometimes hard for kids to conceptualize because the size of coins doesn’t quite match the value. You can use unifix cubes and a hundreds board to really drive home the understanding that different coins have different values.