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MI Math Community

December 2020


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Teaser: Check out the bottom of this email for some downloadable Holiday Fun Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau, another great #MathWalk image, and a holiday greeting!

Resources & Guiding Documents for Planning

We Want YOU!

Join Our Executive Board!

There are seven (8) positions on the MCTM Executive Board with terms of January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023 and one (1) position with a term of January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022.   The MCTM Nomination committee is accepting nominations for all listed positions through December 15, 2020.

The MCTM Executive Board holds meetings up to six times a year including face to face meetings and meetings via teleconference.  The qualifications for members of the Executive Board include the following:

  • Candidates must be members of the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics and maintain their membership throughout their term.

  • Candidates for an office of Vice President shall be involved in classroom instruction at that level at least half time.

  • Candidates for an office of Regional Director shall live or work within the region to be represented.  Region details may be found on the MCTM website under the Membership tab.

Open positions for the Executive Board include:

  • President Elect (1Year), President (2Years), Past President (1Year) (term 2021-2024)      
  • Vice President – High School      (term 2021-2023)    
  • Vice President – 2 Year College  (term 2021-2023)      
  • Regional Director – Region 1       (term 2021-2023)      
  • Regional Director – Region 3       (term 2021-2023)      
  • Regional Director – Region 5       (term 2021-2023)      
  • Regional Director – Region 7       (term 2021-2023)       
  • Regional Director – Region 9       (term 2021-2023)       
  • Regional Director – Region 10     (term 2021-2022)       
For more information, please contact the MCTM Office at 734-477-0421

MCTM's 2020 Mini-Grant recipients have been chosen! Open to members, these mini-grants (up to $500) are now offered yearly. This is the second year that MCTM has awarded these grants. Thank you to Meegan Coonan, our new Scholarship Chair for coordinating and to our review committee for helping to select the awardees. It was a difficult choice to make! Consider applying when the next cycle opens in the fall.

Kaleigh VanderKamp

Marshall Elementary, Byron Center Public Schools

"This grant will be used to fund a class set of manipulatives for my second grade classroom.  Manipulatives play such a key role in helping students move from concrete to abstract mathematical understanding.  We are excited to be able to work with tools that will help ALL of the learners in my classroom be successful!"

Reminder: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The 2020–2021 nomination and application cycle for 7–12th grade STEM teachers has officially opened. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program recognizes the importance of honoring excellent teaching and promoting STEM education. Nominate exemplary 7–12th grade science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers within your district at www.paemst.org today. Nominations close on March 1, 2021.

Next Session: January 18, 2021 7:00 p.m.

Register NOW!

#EmpoweringMathEd Series

 November's Empowering Mathematics Educators series was well attended and great discussions were had in breakout rooms and as a whole group. 

After exploring what Agency, Identity, and Authority/Ownership looks like in a mathematics classroom, participants were able to choose a breakout group to take a deeper dive into topics discussion in previous sessions of this series.These groups were Anti Racist Math Education, Asset-Based Approach to Teaching Mathematics, and Preserving Equity in a Digital Classroom. Watch the video linked below for Agency, Identity and Authority.

Register for January's Session Here!

Ordering Numbers Task for Google Slides

#EmpoweredMathEd sessions always start with a mathematical task. October's task was about ordering numbers that could be adapted for many different grade levels. HERE is the link to the Google Slides activity.

Progression of Division

All of us are smarter than one of us.” – Graham Fletcher

As a follow-up to last issue's progression of multiplication video, we are sharing Graham Fletcher's division video which follows the concept from 3rd thru 6th grade. He is a math specialist who encourages best practices in elementary mathematics. His progression videos connect concepts throughout grade levels. Click on the image below to see his Progression of Multiplication video. Follow Graham on Twitter @gfletchy or connect with his Facebook page.

The screenshot of the video below can be found at the link below.

Graham Fletcher Progression Videos

Opportunities from NCTM, NCSM, and CMP:

NCTM 100 Days of Professional Learning Access to Recordings

The 100 Day of Professional Learning has ended, but members still have access to the recordings from our dynamic and exciting sessions from the past 100 days. To access these recordings, visit www.nctm.org/online-learning/Webinars/list.

NCTM Free Trial Memberships
Now more than ever, teachers need support and quality resources they can trust. NCTM is offering free trial memberships so that teachers can have access to the full breadth of support and benefits NCTM offers.

Connected Mathematics Project (MSU)


In lieu of the 2021 CMP Users' Conference, CMP will be hosting a series of virtual webinars. Visit the website HERE. The first webinar is: 



Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) / Cost: $20

Ann-Marie Nichol Turner, Ann Arbor Public Schools, MCTM VP 6-8

The Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN) strives to achieve equitable access to research and standards-based mathematics and science learning experiences for all Michigan students. We advocate for professional learning and collaborate statewide and nationally with mathematics and science educators to create, implement, and evaluate leadership and professional learning opportunities for and with Michigan mathematics and science educators.

We're proud to support two key Open Educational Resource (OER) curricula within the state, Illustrative Mathematics and OpenSciEd. Both play a vital role in successfully inviting more students into problem- and phenomena-based learning where they grow and enhance robust math and science identities. 

For those who are already teaching and learning with Illustrative Mathematics, join our monthly virtual Unit Overviews to dive into the upcoming unit to uncover the progression of mathematical understanding that unfolds within the Story of the Unit.

For those who are curious about happenings in high school teacher prep standards, supporting distance learning, and more, join our bi-weekly [science] chats.

For those who are interested in learning more about OpenSciEd, join us in December, January, or February to explore and answer, What is OpenSciEd?

For those who are thinking about teaching and learning with Illustrative Mathematics, be on the lookout in early-January as we schedule virtual Curriculum Overview sessions where you'll get a chance to survey the IM Math curriculum. We'll focus on problem-based teaching and learning and the corresponding instructional shifts. We'll explore the resources available in the curriculum specifically around student understanding and discourse, planning, assessment, and instructional routines. In early spring, we'll release the schedule for our summer-time IM Math Academies, IM certified professional learning for teachers to get ready to teach with IM Math in the fall.

Questions about any of our offerings can be directed to Danielle Seabold, seaboldd@mimathandscience.org.

MI Math Community: Sharing Resources

This is a great find shared with us from a MI Math Community reader! The image below is linked to a document that can also be found HERE. Although at the current time it only goes through 8th grade, many of the 8th grade topics could be used for Algebra I and HS Geometry as warm up problems.

Have a resource, website, blog, or activity YOU want to share with MI Math Community readers?  Email Publications@mictm.org!

More on Math Talks in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms?

Michelle Rinehart (@HowWeTeach) has a plethora of resources for secondary teachers on her website. The example below is a conversation starter algebra teachers can use with students studying quadratic functions. Math talks help students develop mathematical reasoning skills, build math discussion skills, value a variety of thinking strategies, and create classroom community. Want more? go to her website for math talk ideas ranging from ratios and fraction reasoning to geometry and graphs of functions. (Click on image to be taken to website.)


MathTalks Website
What's New This Month MCTM Blog

MCTM Blog: A Year in Review

with the launch of MCTM's new website early in 2020 came the launch of the new MCTM Blog. We are thankful to all those who have contributed to this new endeavor. We've had a wide range of contributors -- from kindergarten teachers to college professors -- and a wide range of topics. Guest bloggers have discussed their personal journeys in teaching mathematics, issues of equity, helping students foster a positive math identity, and overcoming professional isolation. Haven't had a chance to read them all? Head on over to our blog page from the link below to hear from fellow Michigan educators.

As you are reading, perhaps you will feel the nudge to share you own experiences with your peers. As Chelsea Ridge, GVSU, quoted in November "Everyone thinks they can't before they can" (Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment ). We appreciate our teacher authors sharing their voice and would LOVE to hear from you! Reach out to be featured on the MCTM blog by contacting membership@mictm.org ! 

Kelli Vansetters, MCTM Membership Chair

MCTM’s Miriam Schaefer Scholarship Winners 2020

Over the next three months, we will feature this year’s recipients of the Miriam Schaefer Scholarship. These awardees are undergraduate students at Michigan colleges and universities studying to join us as K-12 educators!

Brea Goodwin, Grand Valley State University

Megan is a elementary education major that will encourage students to collaborate and problem solve, encouraging them to creatively tackle tasks.

“During 7th grade pre-algebra, my teacher posed questions to why such algorithms worked and why we followed certain steps. These questions led me to observing patterns and connections. My teacher celebrated observations and discovering different strategies and connections that helped us not just solve but understand the math problem. It was then that I found my love for math as it challenged my thinking as I explored strategies, connections and solutions.

I desire to teach elementary students to inspire and encourage them to love mathematics. My goal is to help student not just get the “right” answer but foster creative and original approaches to help develop conceptual understanding.”

From Our Readers: Teaching Remotely? You Might Want to Read These!

Newsletter readers have suggested the following articles for Michigan teachers who are teaching virtually. It is an extremely challenging time for teachers everywhere. How can we maximize our time are efforts? Click on the images to be sent to the articles. To share your thoughts with MI teachers on Twitter, use @michiganmath


Steve Wyborney has created FREE resources for teachers to help students develop a variety of concepts using mathematical reasoning. He has Google Slide/PowerPoint versions available HERE for download and an article that discusses their use in the classroom HERE. Some Splats! use counting numbers and others use fractions. These are developed for elementary students are a variety of grade levels. Next month we'll feature his Esti-Mysteries. 

Teachers Helping Teachers: High School Geometry Standards

One of our readers stumbled upon Mike Patterson's YouTube Channel while preparing lessons for class and was impressed by the quality and connection to Common Core State Standards. Mike is a past Presidential Award of Excellence in Math and Science Teaching recipient as well as a Milliken Educator of the Year. Whether you are new to teaching geometry or seeking high quality videos to assist students, this is a good channel to check out! His website Geometry Common Core has a variety of resources organized by units. ALERT: There ARE materials for purchase, but there are plenty of free resources organized by unit. 

Holiday Season Fun Facts! U.S. Census Bureau

Statistics in Schools, part of the U.S. Census Bureau, has free materials for educators that are written by and for classroom teachers. This month they have some great holiday season fun facts available for download. Enjoy!

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Fun Facts Downloads


Traci Fikstad Jackson created Math Walks on Facebook at the beginning of April this year. She shares this math images in a variety of teacher groups on FB including Build Math Minds. Her latest image is Making Cocoa inspired by Math Moment Maker's K-12 (a Facebook Group) Kyle Pearce's 3 Act Task.

All of her images are available for free on her website: https://sites.google.com/powayusd.com/math-walks/home

According to Fred Goldenberg of the Traverse City Record Eagle, there are approximately 30 secular and religious holidays celebrated between November 1st and December 31st. Whichever holidays you, your family, or your students celebrate, we wish you all the best. It's been a difficult year to be an educator, and we want to reiterate our appreciation for all of your efforts on behalf of your students. We are stronger together! May you enjoy your Winter Break and get a chance to rest, recharge, unplug, and enjoy loved ones! 

Volume 1, Issue 1 of MI Math Community  made its way to your inbox in March of this year. We hope we have provided you with a connection to other math educators, an interesting read, a new idea, and/or valuable information. We are always looking for readers to suggest and/or write content. Contact Publications@mictm.org.  We've got plans to further develop our offerings to you in the next year!

Welcome to MI Math Community! One of MCTM’s renewed initiatives is a monthly e-newsletter to share information about mathematics, mathematics education, and the happenings of MCTM. 

Have an idea or topic you’d like to see included? Have a short article to submit for publication consideration? Want to give feedback? Please email MCTM Publications Director and MI Math Community Editor Christine Kincaid Dewey at Publication@mictm.org . Look for the e-newsletter to develop and grow over time based on member input.

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