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Included this week: This week's Global Math webinar details and some awesome articles and blogging. This week's newsletter edited by Ashli Black.
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Online Professional Development Sessions

Capturing Student Thinking -- Now What?

Norma Gordon will share formative assessment ideas using visible student thinking and we'll brainstorm ways for students to express the "why" and not just the "what" in their problems solving processes. This will be in the context of how to de-stress tackling open response PARCC/SBAC like problem as illustrated using student "thinklets" (CueThink iPad app).

Register to attend here here.
 
Last week (Tuesday, March 17th, 9 PM EDT) Andrew Gael hosted a session highlighting Interesting Things found by the #MTBoS, featuring speakers Bob Lochel, Matt Baker, Lisa Bejerano, and Justin Aion. You can view the recording here.
 

Some Food for Thought...

I have to admit, having this article to write every 2-3 weeks is making me a better reader. I always had a bad habit of favouriting things to read later, then never doing so. Now at least I’m reading my favourites.

The one I decided to write about this week is this one, about weekly food consumption around the world: http://inspirationfeed.com/photography/weekly-food-consumption-around-the-world-by-peter-menzel/ . Apparently it became an actual book, called “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats”, by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusio. I think the pictures speak for themselves. (Germany, what on earth is going on with all the bottles…..)

This article isn’t about math, but the opportunities for math discussions seem rich. Costs are all given in, presumably, US dollars, but clearly quantity and nutritional value are not directly related to those figures. To say nothing of the apparent attitudes of the people in the photos – the family in Chad, who clearly have the least, look fairly happy.

I always like articles that aren’t just about one thing, not just math or pi day (don’t get me started on that), but about something that straddles many areas including math. Because that’s kind of like what life is like.

Written by Audrey Mclaren (@a_mcsquared)

Ready Made Math

As an advocate for quality math instruction, I sometimes become frustrated by those who hold the power to make decisions about math curriculum. This is mainly due to the powers that be wanting an easy fix to a long standing problem. They never want to invest in the time it takes for sustainable change. They're looking for ready made programs, a fix all and is easy for teachers. 
 
Graham Fletcher appears frustrated as well in his recent post.  He provides a wonderful suggestion to those decision markers that will help keep quality mathematics happening within American classrooms. First would be to keep math as a social activity. A lot of research as shown that more growth is made from math discussions than one on one instruction. What does this mean for districts pushing for personalized learning? Taking time to research programs that emphasizes SMP 3:
 

Written by Jenise Sexton (@MrsJeniseSexton)

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