Kick off your new year with purposeful PD!
With the new year upon us, it is a great time to reflect on all that you and your students have accomplished this year and set goals for the second half of the school year. Fuel your goals with inspiring professional development! I have personally used all the resources below and grown from them, so please consider participating!
Big Idea #1 - Join a Book Study
7- 12: Join our Montana Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics book study starting the last week of January. Earn six renewal units and engage in meaningful discussions and connections with peers! Sign up today and let us know what day(s) of the week work best for you by completing this Google form. Final dates and times will be sent the first week of January.
- K-12: Looking to improve your ability to lead a whole-class discussion and use student ideas and discourse to optimize outcomes? Join Illustrative Mathematics 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions book study. The next meeting is on December 20th at 6 pm! Join today!
Big Idea #2 - Join an Online Virtual Community
K-5: Building Math Minds was created by Christina Tondevold, a self-proclaimed recovering traditionalist. Check out her freebie offerings to inspire your classroom.
K-5/Coaches/Administration: Join one of the free Mathematics Leadership Program’s Virtual Professional Learning Networks. Mike Flynn of Mount Holyoke College in Pennsylvania offers multiple free virtual gathers for K-5 Math coaches, Book Studies and even a series for K-8 Administrators. Join one of his excellent virtual gatherings today!
K-5: Join the Montana Elementary Math Community (MEMC): Our goal is to build a community of Elementary educators across Montana that shares ideas, resources, questions, and inspiration for our math pedagogy. Monthly meetings are held using GoToMeeting with our next meeting on January 6th at 7 pm! Earn one renewal unit per meeting. Sign up today to learn more about the community!
6 -12: Making Math Moments that Matter was created by Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr, leaders in helping math teachers spark curiosity and fuel student sense-making. Check out their four-part video series and resources on making math moments that matter every day in your math class.
Big Idea #3 - Start your year off with a Week of Inspirational Math
Jo Boaler of YouCubed has just released her 2018 Week of Inspirational Math lessons for grades K-20! Start the new year off reminding students of the power of a growth mindset through videos and accompanying math activities!
Calling all High School Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry teachers who want to try out the newest curriculum from Open Up free Resources, the highest rated curriculum by EdReports. Interest forms are due December 21st. The cost is $30 to participate, and the pilot begins in February.
Bonus: Sign up today for January online courses on the Teacher Learning Hub
Three Week Online Math Courses: Reserve your spot TODAY by completing this Google form (goo.gl/yho6DJ) or by enrolling directly on the Teacher Learning Hub. Learn more about these excellent, 15 renewal unit, facilitated courses created by professors at MSU, UM and teacher leaders across the state.
Courses starting January 6th:
Hope you have a relaxing break and a Happy New Year! It is the perfect time to celebrate all of your students and your hard work so far this year!
Marisa Franklin Graybill
Mathematics Instructional Coordinator, Montana Office of Public Instruction