It’s that time of year again! MCAS.

May 8, 2013 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework, Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

When I visit districts throughout the state at this time of year, the tension is practically tangible. Teachers are on the edge of their seat as we work on professional development goals, anxious about spending time away from their students. Every minute counts! The pressure is felt from the students who are aware that the […]

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“Impatient Problem Solvers” …. what are we to do?

April 7, 2013 Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

Quote from a talk by Dan Meyer This phrase describes many students of the 21st century. We are working with learners who are used to their questions being answered immediately. The world is full technology that supports quick, easy answers – found as simply as speaking into our hand-held devices. And, yet, we are asking […]

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Standards for Mathematical Practice – February 25,2013

February 23, 2013 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework, Mathematical Musings, Updates for Math Educators - News by Looney Math Consulting No comments

Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others When asked about his heritage, Timmy said he is 1/2 Irish, 1/2 Italian and 1/2 Spanish. Explain what is wrong with this statement. You are on an imaginary island where there are two types of families – one who always tells the truth and one who […]

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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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