math_is_radical.jpegWelcome to the USU MathEd Club!

A group of students helping each other become better teachers





OBJECTIVES

We aim to offer pre-service teachers opportunities to:
  • Engage with each other in social activities and professional networking
  • Serve and educate the student body and local community
  • Complete the mathematics and education coursework successfully
  • Develop skills for preparing and executing effective lesson plans and assessments
  • Become familiar with the laws, policies, and current events that effect teachers
  • Navigate the job search transition from college student to classroom teacher

If you would like to receive emails regarding club events or help 'create your own adventure' as part of club leadership, please email club president Tawnya Anderson <tawnya.anderson@aggiemail.usu.edu>, or email the club directly at USUClubM.ed@gmail,com. Also, find us on Facebook!

ANNOUNCEMENTS -- UPCOMING EVENTS



Hello fellow math lovers!
The Math Ed Club will be assembling next week to listen and speak to Dr. Jim Cangelosi on the topic of mathematical misconceptions. This topic is especially important for those who are going into education so that they may pass on precise, accurate mathematics to the next generation. You will laugh, you will cry, you will do math. Here's the info, be there or be square.

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013
7:15 pm
Where: ANSC 320

Refreshments to follow.


The focus will be on how teachers should equip themselves with the knowledge necessary to
protect the security of their faculty positions.

April 9, 2013 6:00-7:00 pm. LIB 154


As always, the Mathematics and Statistics Education Group, led by Brynja Kohler, meets (most) every Thursday 4:30-6:00 pm in the Engineering room 401. Brynja would be thrilled to have more MathEd Club members participate in this casual-but-dedicated educator discussion - in fact, this serves as our "regular" weekly meeting for the MathEd Club. They present research articles and discuss professional development and implementation in the math/stats classroom. A current topic schedule can always be found at: <Journal Club 2013 Spring >

Good luck to all those past MathEd Club participants who are student teaching, job searching, or surviving their first year in a "real" classroom!
The 2012-2013 school year will be overseen by a new club presidency: Jessica Anderson (president), Anand Bernard (vice president), and Kenneth Bennion (secretary). The more you are involved, the more you can shape your professional development. Let us know what you would like to do to help (activities, outreach, political action, web-master, anything!).

PAST EVENTS

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  • The Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference (October 26-27, info page) The classrooms of American Fork HS were buzzing with math teachers from around the state discussing how to implement engaging learning activities within the relatively-new Utah Core framework. The keynote speaker was Dan Meyer (see his 2010 TED talk video) and all in attendance were invigorated by his witty, practical advice (his presentation covered similar material as these blog posts 1 2). His lesson resources can be found online: three-act math tasks and 101questions.
  • MathEd Club Opening Social (Sept. 13): Who says mathematicians are socially awkward?! Come get better acquainted with your pre-service peers, get a preview of upcoming club events, and hear a few words from our faculty advisor Brynja Kohler. Also, help design the club T-shirt and eat Aggie ice cream!
  • Math Department Opening Social(in September): Students and faculty are all invited to mingle, play lawn sports, eat a catered dinner, and try to talk about something other than mathematics!
  • Day on the Quad (last week of August): Check out our club at the Math Department table and many other organizations during the first week of fall semester. In 2012, the club challenged passersbyto estimate how many pieces of candy were in a glass jar -- check out the results!IMG_0021.jpg
  • Principal Panel (October 25, 2011): The MathEd Club hosted a principal panel for teachers in the secondary education program. We invited three local administrators -- John Anderson (North Cache 8-9 Center), Mike Monson (Mount Logan Middle), and Doug Snow (Logan High) -- to talk about their education philosophy, to give insights into the hiring process, and to answer questions from the audience. Those in attendance remember classroom management strategies, thoughts on music/art programs, high praise for the pedagogical training we get at USU, plus tasty sandwiches!


NAVIGATING COLLEGE AND CAREER


USU Math Department -- www.math.usu.edu -- Everything you need to become familiar with the faculty, degrees, resources, and opportunities. There is a wealth of information here -- so browse!
Education News Roundup -- sign-up for daily email -- The Utah State Office of Education public relations staff compiles a summary of education-related articles from Utah and national news with links to those stories.


OTHER RESOURCES


Videos
Dan Meyer - Math class needs a makeover - Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect and excel at paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them.
Conrad Wolfram - Teaching kids real math with computers- From rockets to stock markets, math powers many of humanity's most thrilling creations. So why do kids lose interest? This expert says the part of math we teach (calculation by hand) isn't just tedious, it's mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming.

Websites
http://www.mathsisfun.com/puzzles/index.html

Quotes
"Teaching isn't brain surgery -- it's much more complex!" ~ Jim Cangelosi ~

Just For Fun

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Q: How does a mathematician induce good behavior in her children?
A: `I've told you n times, I've told you n+1 times...'

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When the logician's little son refused again to eat his vegetables for dinner, the father threatened him: "If you don't eat your veggies, you won't get any ice-cream!" The son, frightened at the prospect of not having his favorite dessert, quickly finished his vegetables. After dinner, impressed that his son had eaten all his vegetables, the father sent his son to bed without any ice-cream...

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Have a suggestion of something that should be on this page? Please email club secretary Anand at <anandmbernard@gmail.com>.

Club Organization

Current Officers:
President - Tawnya Anderson <tawnya.anderson@aggiemail.usu.edu>
Vice President - Betsy Vanfleet <betsy.reeves@aggiemail.usu.edu>
Secretary - Anand Bernard <anandmbernard@gmail.com>


Faculty Advisors - Brynja Kohler <Brynja.kohler@usu.edu>, Jim Cangelosi <jim.cangelosi@usu.edu>
Official Club MEd Constitution (ratified October 21st, 2010