3 Big Ideas for Montana Math!


Big Idea #1 –Montana Math Workshops

Join us for Growth Mindset and Productive Struggle professional development this spring across Montana. Participants will learn how a growth mindset affects achievement in mathematics; learn instructional strategies to promote student perseverance and productive struggle and increase student math skills and knowledge; engage in math activities; and discuss strategies that can increase all students’ enjoyment and learning of mathematics. Lunch is provided, earn 6 OPI renewal units, and the event is free! Locations this spring: Plains: March 3, Whitehall: March 10, Glendive: April 12, Brockton: April 14. Register here for an event nearest you today! Want to bring this event to your town? Email marisa.franklin@mt.gov.


Big Idea #2 – MCTM Spring Math Contests: Grades 7-12

Sign your students up TODAY for the MCTM Math Contest. Contest locations in Billings, Butte, Glasgow, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Livingston, Mid-State (Winnett), Missoula, Sidney and Southeast (Plevna). For more information check out the contest explanation page. Many registration deadlines are this month, sign your students up today! Go Montana Math!


Big Idea #3 – Already thinking about next year?

Prepare your students for next year by using EdReady Montana in your classroom to refresh and review skills taught throughout the year. Do you teach 8th graders? Sign your students up for the Algebra I Readiness track to help build skills now that students will need in their Algebra I course. Do you teach Sophomores or Juniors? Get students on EdReady’s ACT Math preparation track. Not sure how to use EdReady to its fullest capacity? Check out the Classroom Resource page or email Ryan Schrenk at ryan.schrenk@montanadigitalacademy.org. Sign up for our Live session with Ryan on Tuesday April 3rd from 3:45-4:30!

Extra Extra: Google Scholarships

The Generation Google Scholarship helps aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field by providing a $10,000 scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year. Current high school seniors may apply to attend Google’s CSSI program in the summer 2018. Please visit Google’s website for more information and to apply! The Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a 3-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology. Google aims for students to leave empowered, heading to college armed with a unique learning experience. Please visit g.co/cssi for more information and to apply! Applications due March 2nd.

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

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