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Big Idea #1 - SBAC Math Interim Assessments

Looking for FREE and standards-aligned interim assessments? Check out the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Interim Assessments! All 2-11 grade students have been uploaded by the OPI. These free assessments can assist teachers in identifying student strengths and weaknesses and can be useful in modifying curriculum to meet those needs. Students practice in an authentic testing experience with accessibility supports and aggregated data provided. For more information on the interim assessments, please see the Interim Assessment tab on the OPI website. Also consider attending the Making a Difference with Data conference in Billings, February 8-9 and Helena February 12-13.  Questions on implementation of Interim assessments? Contact Yvonne Field (yfield@mt.gov) or Marisa Franklin (marisa.franklin@mt.gov). 

Big Idea #2 - National Math Competition for Grades 5-12

MATHCON is open for registration! Partake as a school in the MATHCON National Mathematics Competition for 5-12 grades. Students begin by taking a 45-minute online test. Based on their results they may be invited to compete in finals in Chicago! There is a school registration fee for this competition. A free option is to have your students join the MATHCON photo contest. Have your students take pictures of math in their lives and submit them by March 2 for some excellent prizes. While on their site be sure to check out their sample tests for challenging grade level problems. 

Big Idea #3 - STEM Scholarships at the University of Providence, Great Falls

Do you know a Montana high school senior who dreams of a career as a biologist, a chemist, or a mathematician? The National Science Foundation and the University of Providence, Great Falls are partnering to provide 4-year STEM scholarships to a select group of biology, chemistry, and mathematics majors beginning Fall term 2018. In addition to scholarship support, these students will be invited to participate in undergraduate research projects, summer internships at national laboratories (e.g., NASA, DOE, NIH, NSA) and professional conferences. Applications will be accepted until January 28, 2018. Visit the University of Providence, Great Falls website for more information and application.


Looking for a New Year’s Resolution?  Join our Virtual Math Communities!  

Talk with other math teachers, share ideas, learn new ideas, and earn renewal units! Join on the Teacher Learning Hub.

Virtual Math Community (Every fourth Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.)

  • Tuesday January 23 learn about vertical non-permanent surfaces in the math classroom. Sean Kavanaugh the creator of 360 Degree math will be with us. Learn from the expert on how to get kids out of their seats and collaborating. Join January’s PLC here!
  • Tuesday February 27 Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of online resources for your math classroom? Learn about best practices for online programs from Tom Redmon who teaches at Daly Elementary in Hamilton, Montana. We will be look at LearnZillion, Khan Academy, and more.
  • Can’t attend live? Watch the recordings and earn OPI renewal units.

Montana Virtual Math Teachers’ Circle meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m. Work on rich mathematics problems and build your math teacher community across the state.

 

As always, feel free to contact me with your math questions or concerns at math@mt.gov