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Jo Boaler's recent TEDx emphasized the need for creativity and visual learning in order to bring inspiration to math instruction. See this 3 minute video on "Solving the Math Problem.
Jo Boaler's website, youcubed.org, has a wealth of resources and tasks to inspire and engage students in math.
Below are a few highlights from youcubed.org:
Week of iMath tab
"Week of Inspirational Math" is a weeklong set of lessons to inspire students to engage positively with math. This article gives a little more information. There are currently two weeks of iMath available on the youcubed.com website under the Week of iMath tab.
Ideas & Tasks tab
Under Tasks you can choose a concept and a grade, then select a task...the tasks that need specific handouts have them available for download as a pdf. Also under this tab there are many other great resources to explore, including Making Group Work Equal, and the Mindset Card and the Positive Classroom Norms Poster from the Growth Mindset page.
On the Online Courses page there is a free course called How to Learn Math that you can try out to see how mindset can be changed through math instruction. There is also an online self-paced course called How to Learn Math for Teachers that looks excellent (elementary teachers will see a connection with Number Talks). This course would take approximately 30 hours to complete, but may be worthwhile if a group wanted to tackle it together between now and fall.
**MARCH 2017-APRIL 2017**
5-12 Math Teachers: If you are interested in registering in the above course please email Diane Giorgi email@example.com to express your interest. If 5 or more register, there may be an opportunity to have registration fees covered. Also, if you complete the course you may earn up to 30 CEU hours.
The following are Spring 2017 updates from the CSSE:
QUESTIONS? Contact Jessica Winkelaar
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Attention: 1st grade & 4-6th grade teachers.
You can sign-up for a FREE subscription for the AgMag and AgMag Jr series that covers MN K-6 academic standards based content for geography, history, science, non-fiction literature. Sign up here: minnesota.agclassroom.org/educator/agmag.cfm
All teachers, may visit the online tools for the classroom at www.mnagmag.org
Click on the Professional Development tab and scroll down. There is now an opportunity for you to be trained in Lifelines, a suicide prevention program via a Google Classroom. You will also earn your mental health CEU.
The entire suite of Google apps is now called GSuite. Check out this great Google resource for links to tips and tutorials on leveraging any and all of the Google apps in your teaching.
Click on the 'Professional Development' tab or here is the direct link: https://sites.google.com/a/flaschools.org/flas-curriculum/professional-development
FLAS staff have two opportunities to earn CEU credit around meeting the needs of the EL student. One is through Discovery Education and one is through a Google Classroom.
As part of the district's ongoing efforts to prevent and reduce bullying behavior, a district-wide bullying reporting form has been developed that can be used by staff, students and families to report bullying behavior. The form is now on the district website.
Also, here is a link to a 12 minute video created by MDE to provide staff with an overview of the requirements of school districts under the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act. If you have questions about the reporting form or educational resources around bullying, please contact Carolyn Carr Latady
The Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education hosts Minnesota standards-aligned curriculum guides and links to online and print resources to support Social Studies instruction K-12, including possible materials and lesson plans in a benchmark-by-benchmark format. Check it out on the MNCSSE.org website.
In partnership with the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM), MDE is offering webinars designed specifically for K-12 mathematics teachers. Content will include a brief update followed by a presentation by Minnesota math teachers. The webinar will take place from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two 45-minute sessions are offered; one from 2:45-3:30 p.m., and one from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Register for one webinar and join anytime for one or both sessions! Please consider watching the webinar as a team.
October 11, 2016 The Importance of Flexibility with Numbers Register for the October 11, 2016 Webinar!
December 13, 2016 Rich Mathematical Tasks
February 7, 2017 Mathematics and the Path to Equity
May 23, 2017 Teaching & Assessment for a Growth Mindset
Minnesota Department of Education