Aug
12
2017

Don’t Underestimate Unit 0

With the year underway, we’re trying something new in Oklahoma that I think you should know about. For each and every grade level covered by our new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics, we’re recommending that teachers across Oklahoma spend their first week (or so) engaging their students in mathematics activities that inspire students and give […]

Aug
6
2017

Our Units Keep Getting Better

By now, you’ve hopefully seen the wonderful work of the OKMath Framework. I bragged about it here and made a little intro video about it here. It’s been a lot of fun to work on this project for the last 18 months and we’re through-the-roof excited about the work that we’re starting to share from […]

Apr
19
2017

Course Codes Guidance Released

Standards Curriculum Assessment in Oklahoma

In an effort to streamline subject codes and provide stronger guidance to districts, the Oklahoma State Department of Education will be making a few subject code changes for high school mathematics that may impact your local subject coding policies for the 2017-2018 school year. Please help us reach every school by sharing this post with […]

Mar
9
2017

Call for Applicants: State Assessment Standard Setting

OK State Dept of Ed sent this bulletin at 03/07/2017 03:43 PM CST Dear District Test Coordinators and Administrators, Now accepting applications for the Oklahoma School Testing Program standard setting process for the newly aligned state assessments. Standard setting is the process that allows Oklahoma educators to make expert judgments about the content that a […]

Feb
1
2017

RME Part 3 – The USA Asked It

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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 […]