A Focus on Dialogue and the Construction of Knowledge

January 5, 2013 Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

             Mrs. Carmel’s students enter her math class and she announces, “I have often heard people say that multiplication makes numbers bigger and division makes numbers smaller. Is this statement ever true? Is it ever false? Can you give examples? Be prepared to either defend or revise this statement.” The […]

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Mathematics Teacher Education

December 15, 2012 Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

Mathematics teacher education is a complex, interdisciplinary enterprise requiring knowledge of teaching and learning as well as knowledge of mathematics. –  from MET II, Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences As I presented a visual model of a computation as an illustration of the new 2011 frameworks, there sat Erica. “This does not make sense to me. Why are we […]

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Mathematics Reform: What’s it REALLY all about?

November 13, 2012 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework, Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

According to a list of the top-paying jobs for new college graduates, all but 2 of the top 30 jobs require courses in advanced mathematics. (payscale.com). Some of the fields cited include engineering, statistics, physics, information systems and finance. As in studies from past years, it remains the case that higher salaries can be directly correlated with […]

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Standards of Mathematical Practice

September 13, 2012 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework, Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

By all these lovely tokens September days are here With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. Author Unknown I have always loved September. As much as I enjoy summer, September is always a welcome arrival. It is one of the many gifts of being in education – a new beginning. Buildings are […]

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The Importance of Early Numeracy

April 13, 2012 Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

In 2007, a study led by Greg J. Duncan, PhD, of Northwestern University, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of the results of six large-scale longitudinal studies. The findings suggest that an early understanding of math concepts is the most powerful predictor of later school success. Duncan, G.J, et. Al. (2007). School Readiness and Later Achievement. Developmental […]

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In the Spotlight!

February 13, 2012 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework, Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

The Big Show Preparing for the changes as recommended in the 2011 MA Curriculum Framework for Mathematics can be thought of in terms of preparing for a performance. We have our cast – students and educators – and we have a performance looming – a revised MCAS. PARCC (Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College […]

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A new assessment system on the horizon:

November 18, 2011 Assessments, Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

What can we expect? How can we plan for success? We began the school-year with the gift of the blue books – the new MA 2011 Curriculum Frameworks – and we have not looked back. Teachers throughout the commonwealth, and nationally, have been engaged in unpacking the standards. Educators are enmeshed in conversations about curriculum […]

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