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Included this week: This week's Global Math webinar details and some awesome tweeting and blogging. This week's newsletter edited by Megan Schmidt.
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Tuesday Webinar: #MakeMathSocial with CueThink

Get ready to discuss how to #makemathsocial! Norma Gordon, CueThink's Chief Academic Officer and veteran math teacher, will share CueThink's innovative iPad app. Then see, engage, and discuss how the app can support teaching and learning to improve students' critical thinking skills, math language and communication. Things to get you pumped? 

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Last week, Justin Aion and Laila Nur talked about Geometry activities.  The recording is not yet available but I'm sure either of them would love to discuss their presentations with you.  

Other Great CueThink Tidbits

Notable Blogging

 
 
Were you planning on making 2015 the year if your epic blog journey, only to stumble because you couldn't find anything "bloggable"? Veteran teacher-blogger Nat Banting began 2015 by placing some of the blog content around the blogosphere in a more realistic context.  At times it can feel unrealistic as an aspiring blogger when you feel the pressure to always post amazing exceptional vignettes from your classroom.  Teaching isn't simply about producing a series of hit after hit.  Nat says this view of blogging "gives the impression that there exists a teacher that operates in a bloggable state at all times. This is discouraging and delusional."  Instead, think about the blog as the observation of clusters of interesting connections being made across the classroom.  The complex nature of classroom teacher is like a fractal, and the blog content is merely an observation of where the most interesting connections are taking place.  (Btw... If you are trying to get started like I am, perhaps you want to start with a weekly summary post, like these by @sophgermain and@mathymeg07)


Written by: Carl Oliver (@carloliwitter)
 
I periodically come across blog posts that warrant greater scrutiny than my usual clipping into EverNote for future reference.  My [admittedly clunky but works for me] system is to paste a link to the post into an email and leave it in my Drafts folder - because my goal is ALWAYS to empty the Drafts folder, I revisit the link again and again until I am satisfied that I have fully digested the content.  Such was the case with Matt Vaudrey's post "Class Routine", which he wrote almost 2 years ago.   The line that grabbed and resonated with me was " My goal is a self-starting classroom".  How many of us envision well-routinized students, doing what they are supposed to when they enter our rooms, so that they can begin to partake of the brilliant activities we have designed for them?  
 
Matt clearly describes (described?) the structures he put into place - investing that important up-front time at the start of the school year for great rewards later on - which not only keep his classroom moving smoothly, but also empower his students to direct their own behavior in ways which will maximize their participating and learning.  And while his routines may not be the ones which every teacher would use, the blog post is a blueprint for moving in that direction in your own classroom - well worth a close reading (or two or three...).
 
And when you're finished, I highly recommend clicking back a few posts to Mr. Vaudrey's entertaining ruminations on Stupidity and Adolescence.


Written by: Wendy Menard (@wmukluk)
 
There’s no questioning the power of the number line.  This week Leandra Cleveland over at The Mindful Mathematician blogs about the creation and use of this tool in her 3rd grade classroom.  Warning…this is not your every day number line!  What’s awesome about Leandra’s number line is the endless possibilities of how it can be used.  Check it out and share a way you could use it with your students.


Written by: Graham Fletcher (@gfletchy)
 

Pondering of the Week

If you live anywhere near or east of the Mississippi River, chances are you had a snow or a 2-hr delay day last weeek.  I'm wondering, If I chose five #MTBOS tweeters at random, what are the chances that at least ONE of them had a snow day or 2-hr delay last week?  
 
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