Big Idea #1 – Jump in the Water…Join the STREAM -- Free Online Math Professional Development!

This spring and summer, Standards-Based Teaching Renewing Educators Across Montana (STREAM) will continue to offer a wide variety of online modules (or mini-courses) for Montana’s K-12 mathematics teachers. Each module is designed to help K-12 mathematics teachers improve their knowledge of mathematics, deepen their understanding of our state standards, and engage their students in meaningful learning of mathematics. STREAM modules are free, and teachers can earn 15 OPI renewal units for successful completion. Interested? Learn more at: STREAM Online Module Calendar Spring 2018 and STREAM Online Module Descriptions Spring 2018. The first spring session begins Jan 22! Sign up today on the Teacher Learning Hub.

Big Idea #2 – Combating Math Anxiety

Do you know students or teachers who by just looking at a math problem become anxious? Does your school have a contagious culture of anxiety around math? Check out Karyn Lewis’s article on Stopping the Spread of Math Anxiety: Three Messaging Strategies for Elementary School Teachers. Also check out their video on what schools can do to stop the spread of math anxiety. More resources are in the works! 

Big Idea #3 – 360 Degree Math on Jan 23 @ 3:45 p,m.

Join our live course Tuesday, January 23, at 3:45 p.m. to learn about getting students out of their seats and excelling in math! Sean Kavanaugh, the creator of 360 Degree math, will be leading the discussion around how to get students out of their seats and collaborating in the Math classroom. Use this link to join the live meeting, or join in through the Teacher Learning Hub by enrolling in the Virtual Math Community to earn 1 renewal unit.


As always, feel free to contact me with your math questions or concerns at

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