The 18th MCTM online book club will be starting soon!

This fall, we’ll be studying The Formative 5:  Everyday Assessment Techniques for Every Math Classroom by Skip Fennell, Beth Kobett, and Jonathan Wray. It is available at nctm.org.  There is no cost to join the book club, other than the cost of the book.

The study will begin the week of October 8 and last 6 weeks. Each week we’ll read and discuss one of the chapters.  Questions will be added to a google doc and emailed at the beginning of the week and you’ll have the week to read, reflect, and respond if you’d like.

If you would like to join or have additional questions, please contact Kevin Dykema at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will add you to the list of participants for this 17th book study..

I hope that many of you will join and learn more about five of the most impactful, proven assessment techniques to help inform teaching.

Kevin Dykema
MCTM Online Book Club Coordinator
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DACTM


Save the date for the 2017 DACTM-MDSTA Conference

Saturday, November 11, 2017

7:40 AM - 3:30 PM

 

Cousino High School
30333 Hoover Rd
Warren, MI 48093

Attend sessions and workshops, earn SCECHs (pending), visit our vendors, and network with colleagues! 

Participant registration begins in August, 2017

Visit the DACTM website for more details.

Questions?  Email Conference Chair Christine Kincaid Dewey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

PLTW_MIMathematics is part of the nationwide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) movement.  One initiative is Project Lead the Way.  Michigan has its own PLTW website.  Be sure to visit here for information on this curriculum which incorporates hands-on learning, research, and more.

MathScienceCenterLogoThe Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network lists a variety of the major mathematics projects around Michigan.  If you've been hearing about Algebra for All or EMATHS (for example), and wanted more information, be sure to visit this site.

 

Resources Available from Achieve

You may be familiar with Achieve, the educational organization created by a number of U.S. Governors to promote high standards and a higher-quality high school diploma.  Achieve has a number of projects in the works.  Two that pertain particularly to mathematics education are below.

American Diploma Project (ADP)

The American Diploma Project Network has 35 states working together to ensure that every high school graduate is prepared for college and careers.

MathWorks Advocacy Toolkit

The MathWork advocacy toolkit is available FREE to those looking for resources to promote the case that all students, regardless of their post-secondary plans, need rigorous mathematics courses throughout their high school years.  The toolkit includes fact sheets, electronic presentations, and other resources for a variety of audiences.

 

Next Generation Science Standards

Now that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Mathematics are in place, attention is turning to Science. With content from the four core areas blending more and more, it's helpful to know what's happening in the other content areas as well.  Follow the development of the Next Generation Science Standards by visiting the websites below:

Next Generation Science Standards - the main website for NGSS information.

News from Achieve about the NGSS.

National Science Teachers Association news on the NGSS.

National Academies Press:  A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012)

Michigan Department of Education - Science Curriculum and Information

NRC Science and Engineering Practices

Looking for the National Research Council's Science and Engineering Practices?  These are found on page 42 of the book, A Framework for K-12 Science Education:  Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012) by the Board on Science Education (BOSE).  The book can be found at the National Academies Press.

The 8 practices have considerable overlap with the CCSS-M, and are as follows:

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information