Included this week: This week's Global Math webinar details and some quality blogging action. This week's newsletter edited by Megan Schmidt.
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This Week at Global Math

February 24th Global Math Meeting is all about starting on your journey toward National Board Certification! 

What is National Board Certification and why would you want to become a National Board candidate? S. Leigh Nataro can offer practical advice and personal perspective for first time candidates and renewal candidates. If you are up for a challenge and looking for a PD experience that will make you more reflective of your teaching practice, you might want to become a NBCT.

Register to attend here.
Last week: What does it really mean to look for and make use of structure?  

View the recording here.

Great Blogging Action

I've been on vacation this week, which has actually given me time to read the many excellent blogs to which I subscribe, and it has been a real treat.  Two posts have been resonating with me all week, and I have gone back to both of them several times.  I recommend not only reading these posts thoroughly, but also subscribing to these blogs, if for some unknown reason you aren't already.
My first pick is a post by Jose Vilson, author of This is Not a Test.  Jose speaks the truth as he sees it, uncomfortable though it may be for some of us.  In his post White Administrator's Guilt, he addresses the power structures that exist in our schools and the implicit and explicit racism perpetuated by white administrators.  His examples are specific, recognizable (just have a read for yourself) and sadly, widely applicable.  He poses the question 'What ifyour administrator is racist?', and I personally would love to see a discussion of how to deal with the answer to that question.
The second post which remains in my inbox so I can reread it every day is by our own editorial beagle, Megan Schmidt.  In Dear Students: No. I'm Not Sorry, Megan promises to do her best as a teacher over what she can control (only her own behavior), while acknowledging that there is much over which she is powerless.  The truth of being a public school teacher is that we fight a rising tide of excuses and lack of resources with which to educate our students.  But the other truth is that as teachers, we do have the power to model, and hopefully inspire by example, how to believe in one's own efficacy in spite of those obstacles, a truth which Megan articulates clearly and specifically.  The Number Loving Beagle is a blog filled with brave honesty and reflective practice.  Go read it.  Now.


written by Wendy Menard (@wmukluk)

If you asked any middle school teacher what they wish their students knew before they entered 6th grade, basic facts fluency, flexibility in place-value understanding and conceptual development of fractions would somehow find their way into the discussion. In Christina’s recent post she discusses some major misconceptions that elementary teachers unintentionally help foster regarding fractions.  The intentional use of language plays a large part in setting up students for success in mathematics and Christina helps us all be a little more effective when attending to precision.  If you’re an elementary school teacher it’s a must read.   If you’re a middle school teacher it’s a must share!

Written by:  Graham Fletcher (@gfletchy)

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