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PAEMST Applicant Webinar

On Wednesday, February 15th, I’ll be participating in a webinar hosted by the National Science Foundation for teachers who are applying for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The purpose of the webinar is to help interested teachers navigate the application process, which involves a lot of planning, recording, reflecting, and writing.  As a PAEMST awardee, I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences applying for, and receiving, the award.

If you are applying for the PAEMST, or considering it, you can register for the free webinar by clicking here and searching for “Applicant Webinar”.  I will be participating in the webinar on 2/15 at 2:00 pm, but NSF is running webinars throughout the nomination period, so there are many dates and times to choose from.

And if you know a deserving teacher, it’s not too late to nominate them for the Presidential Award!  You have until April 1st, 2017.

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NCTM Annual 2017

Image result for 2017 nctm annual meetingI’m excited to be heading to San Antonio in April for the 2017 NCTM Annual Meeting!

NCTM’s annual meeting brings together thousands of educators from across the country to discuss mathematics, pedagogy, technology, and more.  It’s been many years since I attended an NCTM conference, so I’m looking forward to seeing what has changed in how the organization approaches math teaching, math teachers, and professional development.

I’ll be presenting Making Math in Scratch, a 60-minute session about my work integrating computer programming into math class using Scratch, the free, web-based, block-based programming environment designed by the MIT Media Lab.  The talk is scheduled for Thursday, 4/6/17, at 9:30 am, so if you’re planning on attending the NCTM Annual, please pencil me in!  And if you like, I’d be happy to give you a pre-conference homework assignment.

Conferences like this are great opportunities for professional growth, but the logistics are often complicated for classroom teachers.  I’m fortunate to have received support from Math for America and the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award, which makes attending NCTM’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio possible.

MfA Workshop — Mathematics and Scratch

Tonight I’ll be running a workshop at the Math for America offices in New York City on Mathematics and Scratch.

I’ve been working to incorporate more computing into my mathematics courses, and Scratch, the free, web-based, block-based programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab, has become an invaluable part of my approach to teaching basic mathematical computing and simulation.

In my workshop participants will engage in elementary mathematical explorations in Scratch that span the mathematics curriculum, from Algebra and Geometry to Calculus and Statistics.  We’ll solve some mathematics problems using computer science and some computer science problems using mathematics!  And I hope that teachers will leave with some ideas about how to get their own students making math in Scratch.

After the workshop, I’ll be posting links and resources here.

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2016 — Year in Review

The new year is off to a busy start, and I already feel a bit behind!  But I’m glad that as 2017 starts to unfold, I found some time to reflect on my professional experiences from 2016.

Speaking

I did quite a bit of traveling and speaking this year.  In Kansas City, I gave an invited address at the KC Math Tech Expo titled “Using Mathematics to Create”.  I presented at the inaugural SIAM Conference on Applied Mathematics Education, the 2016 Scratch@MIT conference, and the Teaching Contemporary Mathematics conference at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

In October, I was honored to introduce Henry Segerman’s Math Encounter at the Museum of Mathematics.  I also participated in a panel on Computer Science Education in New York City, and ran a workshop on Desmos at the Math for America offices earlier in the year.

There’s already a lot on the schedule for 2017, but those with speaking inquiries can find out more here.

Writing

I was very proud to have my essay, “I Love Teaching Math, Maybe You Will Too” published in the November, 2016 issue of Math Horizons magazine.  The piece appeared both in print and at the Aftermath editorial website here.

This past year saw another round of media appearances from Andrew Hacker, and the accompanying round of responses from mathematicians and educators.  My contribution was “When it Comes to Math Teaching, Let’s Listen to Math Teachers” for Math for America’s Teacher Voices blog.  I was thrilled with the positive response it received from teachers.

I also continued my work with the New York Times Learning Network, publishing a mathematics lesson tied to the American Statistical Association’s 2016 Election Prediction Contest.

Teaching

As always, I invited my students to create with mathematics and write about their mathematical experiences this past year.  I also continued to integrate mathematics and computer science in my classrooms, something I’ll be doing more of this coming year.  You can find out more about my approach to mathematics and teaching here.

And without a doubt, a highlight of 2016 for me was a surprise visit from New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to our high school graduation ceremony to present me with the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award.  It was quite a surprise, and quite an honor!

I’m glad to have a productive 2016 behind me, and I’m looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities 2017 will bring.

Math Horizons Editorial

math-horizons-november-2016-coverI am proud to have contributed an editorial to the November issue of Math Horizons magazine, a publication of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

In my essay, “I Love Teaching Math, Maybe You Will Too“, I attempt to convey the excitement, challenge, and fulfillment of being a math teacher.  Those who study math have many career options, and while math teacher is not necessarily a glamorous job, it can be a great one.  And one that I think deserves more consideration.

The essay appears in the Aftermath section of the magazine, and is available both in print and on the MAA’s blog.  You can read my essay here, and see the full November issue of Math Horizons here.

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