What mathematics do teachers need to know?
How can mathematicians aid teachers in learning this mathematics, in collaboration with others responsible for teacher education?
Current research and experience are synthesized to answer these questions in the new report The Mathematical Education of Teachers II (MET II) from the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. This report updates The Mathematical Education of Teachers (published in 2001) and extends its scope from preparation to professional development in the context of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
The audience for the report includes all who teach mathematics to teachers—mathematicians, statisticians, and mathematics educators—and all who are responsible for the mathematical education of teachers—department chairs, educational administrators, and policy-makers at the national, state, school-district, and collegiate levels.
The report may be downloaded free at the Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences web site. Printed copies may be ordered from the American Mathematical Society.
The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) is an umbrella organization consisting of sixteen professional societies all of which have as one of their primary objectives the increase or diffusion of knowledge in one or more of the mathematical sciences. Its purpose is to promote understanding and cooperation among these national organizations so that they work together and support each other in their efforts to promote research, improve education, and expand the uses of mathematics.
For further information, contact CBMS director Ronald Rosier, 410-730-1426; 202-293-1170.
One of the enhancements in the last release of Illustrative Mathematics was making the site crawlable by search engine bots. As a result, you can, for example, google “illustrations for A-SSE” and get direct links to the tasks that illustrate Seeing Structure in Expressions in the Algebra category. Googling “illustrations for 2.MD” takes you to the page in the illustration index which includes all the illustrations for 2.MD. Bing doesn’t seem to be working as well at the moment, but there is a bing bot crawling the site at the moment, so it may get better.
Because of this morning’s spam comments on the forums, I have changed the rules so that you have to be a registered user of the site to post a topic or comment.
The most recent upgrade to Illustrative Mathematics brings a number of improvements, the most visible of which is a searchable index of the illustrations, which is visible to all users, registered or not. In addition, registered can now add tags to tasks (such as “MP3″ or “conceptual understanding”). These tags come from a predefined list at the moment; in the future we may allow users to create their own tags. And, the site now has a mock-up of what an illustration of a practice standard will look like, with a few sample materials such as videos, tasks, and slideshows. There are also lots of behind the scenes changes to make the site more useful for task reviewers and task editors.
The IM&E website now links to the materials developed by participants at our last three Common Core related conferences:
October 2012 Berkeley Conference page Participants made classroom activities based on a particular task or set of 2-3 tasks
May 2012 New Orleans Conference page Participants made short PD units or classroom activities around a particular standard, group of standards, or cluster
February 2012 Tucson Conference page Participants made PD modules around a particular standard, cluster, or domain
Special offer for those who register for the Implementing the Common Core workshop before October 1st, you will receive your own copy of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics signed by lead author Bill McCallum! Register today on the IM&E website. Conference is October 12-14 in Berkeley CA.
Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics workshop is now taking registrations on the IM&E website. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn about the standards from lead author of the CCSSM, Bill McCallum, as well as break-out sessions developed and led by classroom teachers at all grade levels. This workshop is intended for an audience of teachers, administrators, and district personnel. The workshop is from 3:30 on Friday October 12th – 1:30 on Sunday October 14th in Berkeley, California. If you have been waiting for Bill’s Common Core team to make it to the west coast, this is your chance!
Please register quickly as our previous workshops have sold out!
Now that I’ve moved the blog to a private hosting company, you can register to become a subscriber to the blog using the links on the right. This offers a bit more than the email subscription that has been available for a while. Becoming a subscriber means you can create a profile with some information about yourself, which will be available to people who read your comments (if you are logged in). It also gives you some (not many) controls over forum notifications. I may add more features as I discover them.
I will keep the current email notification feature for those who prefer to keep using that.
If you have questions about the standards, please ask them in the forums (you can also always access this from the menu bar above). The old thread with questions is here, but it is no longer possible to add comments. Before posting a question, please use each of the search bars to the right to see if has already been answered.
I’m transferring this blog to another hosting service so that I can add some goodies (for example, I’d like to turn the general questions thread into a searchable forum); it might be down on Thursday, possibly for the whole day.