Feb
1
2017

RME Part 3 – The USA Asked It

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Lesh, Middleton, Caylor, and Gupta (2008) present the argument begun by Freudenthal in the Netherlands and continued by Jim Kaput in the United States of America. Among many critical questions, the most relevant focus on what it means to understand the most important constructs and conceptual systems in mathematics. This question, also at the heart of […]

Jan
25
2017

Feb 6 – Navajo Math Circles

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Free Screening “Navajo Math Circles” – Circle Cinema – Monday, February 6, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Circle Cinema, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa Math Teacher’s Circle and Tulsa Math Girls’ Circle, and supported by Flint Family Foundation. Navajo Math Circles follows Navajo students in a lively collaboration with mathematicians. Using a model called […]

Jan
24
2017

RME Part 2 – The Dutch Asked It

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In many ways, utility has long been a fundamental aspect of instruction and, more importantly, of the desire to learn. The apprenticeship model is widely considered as the most prominent form of instruction from a historical perspective. Throughout the ages, mastery was achieved through imitation combined with direct instruction, performance, and reflection. The iterative nature […]

Jan
17
2017

RME Part 1 – You’ve Asked It

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The classic math class, wrought with structural, mechanistic design void of the true form of mathematics for the sake of well-structured, chronologically situated, convenient progress toward comprehension of the historical study of math, stands in stark contrast to the creative nature, chaotic potential, and intricate manifolds that only begin to describe the beauty of mathematics. What […]

Jan
15
2017

Collaborating to Build Fraction Sense

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Ever felt like teaching fractions to students is basically the worst? I consistently meet teachers of all grades who have had pretty terrible experiences with it. Secondary teachers, especially, know that when kids come to middle school or high school without fraction sense, they not only have conceptual blockages but also emotional blockages. I’m digging […]

Dec
19
2016

#15 OKMath Framework Introduction

December 19, 2016 With the adoption of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics (OAS-M) in the spring of 2016, it has been the priority of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to ensure all Oklahoma educators are provided with the opportunity to deeply understand the instructional shifts needed to fully meet the intent of […]

Dec
16
2016

Debates About Order of Operations

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If I never have to argue about Order of Operations again, it’ll be too soon. A real question: 6/2(1+2) … is the answer 3 or 9? My favorite response is from Brian Katz: It’s all down to bad and ambiguous typeface, not a mathematical question, I think. And my thoughts… we know the rules, right? Can we […]

Dec
13
2016

The OKMath Framework Released

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A couple weeks ago, I announced the new Oklahoma Test and Item Specification release for mathematics grades 3-8 and 10. Then I told you not to use them. The response was mixed. On one hand, there were responses from folks like Moriah Widener, one of Oklahoma’s most recent Presidential Award winners, responding with support: Thank […]

Nov
17
2016

What is Equity?

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Okay. I’m at a conference thinking A LOT about RtI, special ed, and equity. So, I’ve got a couple questions that I’d love you too take some time with… What is a productive way to think about equity in your class and school and why? What is an unproductive way to think about equity in […]

Oct
29
2016

Oklahoma Test and Item Specification Documents Released

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The long-awaited Item Specifications have finally arrived! You can easily access each grade level document by visiting http://sde.ok.gov/sde/assessment-material. Edit January 17, 2017: As a follow-up to this post, read The OKMath Framework Released.  The challenge now is deciding what to do with these documents. I see a number of districts across the state utilizing state testing […]

Oct
26
2016

Oklahoma Math Ready Webinar

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Oklahoma Math Ready Webinar November 10, 3-4 p.m. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) will host a Math Ready webinar for educators in Oklahoma on Thursday, November 10, at 3 p.m. What is Math Ready? Math Ready is a free course designed for high school seniors who have completed Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II […]

Oct
14
2016

#OKMath Task Force Week 5

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We have been working hard for 6 weeks and the time is finally here!  #OKMath Task Force is in full effect and ready to roll next week with our state-wide math tasks.  Just stop for a moment and let that sink in….numerous classrooms around Oklahoma will all be doing the same task.  Hundreds of students will […]

Sep
30
2016

#OKMath Task Force Week 4

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Welcome to Week #4 of the first cycle of the Math Task Force! Glad to have you back again! Well, we needed a couple of weeks off and we think you did too. This week we’re looking forward to introducing you to the content focus that will shape the shared math tasks we introduce next […]

Sep
9
2016

#OKMath Task Force Week 3

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Welcome to Week #3 of the first cycle of the Math Task Force! Glad to have you back again! [This warm up only lasts about 10 minutes. If you have the endurance for it, you can also do the Heavy Lift set that should last about 10-15 minutes.] Part 1) Stretch It Out Before we […]