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Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She’ll Thank You Later. (And by the way your son, too.)

Good opinion-editorial piece. I think it does deemphasize conceptual understanding problem-solving and may over-emphasize practice, but overall this is a good article. I like the analogy of doing math in playing a musical instrument.

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Catalyzing Change

Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations Book released by NCTM in April 2018. See the page on this site.

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Spring 2018 Websites

Here are the websites by students in Math 304 in the spring 2018 semester. Mia Calderone: https://macalderone.wordpress.com/ Jerry Morales: https://soccer4life8295.wixsite.com/jerrym Jordan Hughes: jhughes44.wordpress.com/ Logan Brown: https://mrbrownhomepage.wordpress.com/

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Roots of Unity

on GeoGebra https://www.geogebra.org/m/sZFwAZfs

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Use the new TEP Handbook

Note for teacher education students at W.I.U. The TEP Handbook has been updated.  There are numerous links still existing to the old handbook. You might use the link to the TEP Handbook at http://www.wiu.edu/coehs/cpep/ As of 2-28-18 the TEP Handbook … Continue reading

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New Illinois Math Content Test Coming May 14, 2018.

The math content test (presently “115”) is changing to “208” on 5/14/18. See http://www.il.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Tests.html

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Wow, Annie Forest’s VLOG Made Me Flashback

While listening to Annie Forest’s vlog at http://showyourthinkingmath.blogspot.com/2017/04/small-changes-that-make-big-impact.html  my life kinda flashed before my eyes! As further background, Mrs. Forest is highlighting an excellent article, titled, “Never Say Anything a Kid Can Say!”  Author: Reinhart, Steven C.;  Source: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle … Continue reading

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Desmos files

Here is a spreadsheet (shared Google Sheet) with some Desmos files on sheet 1 Desmos Classroom Activities on sheet 2 http://bit.ly/OlsenDesmosTable

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Welcome Spring 2018 Math 304 Students

Welcome Math 304 students! This webpage is one of two main webpages we use for Math 304. The other two are WesternOnline and Math 304 Resources Page. We use this webpage for announcements and links to teaching resources. I look … Continue reading

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Using Rich Problems for Differentiated Instruction

This is a good paper describing the use and characteristics of rich problems. http://math.sfsu.edu/hsu/papers/HsuKyshResek-RichProblems.pdf (The teaching method here is Teaching With Tasks.) Has 3 examples of rich problems First is rich and fairly basic and doable. Second is excellent. #differenceofsquares … Continue reading

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