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Included this week: This week's Global Math webinar details, some blogs posts you might have missed, conversations from the twittersphere to check out, and some Rubik's cube action. This week's newsletter edited by Ashli Black.
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Online Professional Development Sessions

Beyond Beauty
presented by Justin Lanier

"By emphasizing that math is beautiful, in a way you’re not showing enough empathy because you’re excluding the people who don’t get it.” says Steven Strogatz. How do we describe and therefore circumscribe our subject? What positive and evocative language can and do we use to describe math, and what are the effects of doing so? What is the range of experiences and emotions we would like to share with our students? How can we help them to package up and reflect upon these? Come and unpack your own linguistic arsenal and uncover your own notions of what math is—and can be.

Register to attend here here.
 
Last week on Global Math was Rick Barlow & Shira Helft presenting on Math Fights and Middle Bits. Check out the recording here.

Things to check out

You may be aware of #slowmathchat moderated masterfully by Michael Fenton. But on twitter the math chats are never confined to a single hashtag! Over the last couple weeks, two twitter conversations have been on-going and polemic. David Wees began the first exchange:

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The video David is referring to is here. What do you think about it? Get involved in the conversation here.  


The second discourse was initiated by Michael Pershan:

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Michael is referring to two famous psychologists who are adding to the educational field with their research in two areas of how the brain works.  Angela Duckworth is most well-known for her research around the concept of grit. Carol Dweck is the mastermind behind the mindset theory. Do you have strong thoughts about how these two psychology theories affect your math class? Tell Michael and the rest of the #MTBoS here.

 

Students aren't the only ones that should be constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others.

 
Written by Andrew Gael (@bkdidact)

Awesome blog posts I forgot to comment on this past month:

 

*Here’s a super-speedy link to all six posts.   

 
Written by Andrew Stadel (@mr_stadel)
I could say that my reasons for getting people into twitter and blogging are entirely altruistic, but that would be a lie. Sure, I want others to get the joy out the mathtwitterblogosphere like I do, but I also want them to tell me about the cool stuff they know about and think about that I don't know about or think about.

Case in point: Dawn (@dburgessmdi) teaches at the school I've been substituting at and on a recent gig we got to chat and she showed me the website Discovering the Art of Mathematics: mathematical inquiry in the liberal arts. I'm still digging through all the great stuff on this site, but I highly recommend checking out the blog, which has posts on things like Curiosity with student quotes like this gem:



The favorite video so far is this one (scroll down a bit--first video in the blog post) where students are working to understand Rubik's cubes. It's essentially a 5 minute master class on being an inquiry-based teacher. The student's quote at the 4:45 mark is especially delightful.

Written by Ashli Black (@mythagon)
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