Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hotels for MEA/MFT in October

Here is the room reservation information for MEA/MFT in October.  We have two options for hotels with group rates.
Option 1: Hilton Garden Inn - this is where the Teacher of the Year banquet will be held.

We have 15 rooms booked there for Wednesday, Oct. 18, and Thursday, Oct. 19, and 15 rooms for Friday, Oct. 20. 
These are 2 queen beds for $134 a night.
Reservations must be booked by Sept. 18th.

Make reservations online:
Group Name: Montana Council for Teachers of Mathematics
Group Code: MCTM
Check-in: 18-OCT-2017
Check-out: 21-OCT-2017
Hotel Name: Hilton Garden Inn Missoula
Hotel Address: 3720 North Reserve Street
  Missoula, Montana
Phone Number: 4064593050

Option 2: Holiday Inn Express which is across the street from the Hilton.  These rates may go up some depending on how many rooms  are reserved.
Our negotiated rate is $99 for either size room.  There are 13 double queens and 12 Kings reserved Wednesday and Thursday nights and 5 of each reserved for Friday night.
Reservations made by telephone or online
Group code - MTC

150 Expressway
Missoula, MT 59808

Rooms must be reserved by Sept. 30th for our negotiated rate.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Remember the Ala...math by Shari Kepner (MCTM Scholarship winner)

I am very thankful for the financial support MCTM offers its members to seek out professional development. I used an MCTM teacher scholarship to help finance my trip to San Antonio in April for the NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition.

The adventure started with a fabulously uneventful evening flight from Bozeman to Salt Lake City. Things started to get exciting when David “The Admiral” Robinson walked onto my flight from Salt Lake to San Antonio. For the record, a 7’1” man can fit within the confines of first class seating. I practiced my sly cell camera skills in baggage claim; unfortunately, I will not be able to supplement my teacher salary with any lucrative deals from paparazzi firms.

The weather in San Antonio was marvelous, as was the food and the Riverwalk. I was happy to meet up with friends from around Texas, including a member of my grad program cohort as well as a former student who is now teaching in Austin. One of my favorite aspects of travelling to national math conferences is randomly bumping into other members of the Montana math family. Maybe the real joy is knowing that our Montana math family is rather small and it is both joyful and relatively easy to network with each other across our geographically large state.

As a fellow Penn State graduate, meeting John Urschel was a real highlight of the trip for me. (Yes, I did ask him to sign my graphing calculator.) I enjoyed his keynote address and my favorite quote was, “If math isn’t for you, then money probably isn’t either.” His message inspired me to do more to encourage kids to not just pursue their math prowess in science related fields, but that I should encourage more students to become mathematicians.

The best individual session I attended was titled, “The Truth About Mathematical Modeling.”
I was hoping to find a little more clarity in parsing the similarities and differences between the CCSS Modeling conceptual category and the CCSS Modeling math practice. What I found was that - YIKES! – seemingly few people understand or recognize modeling in math classrooms. I’m thankful for the work that STREAM continues to do to help Montana math educators move toward integrating modeling into their math classrooms.

I have wanted to visit Alamo since 1985, and you can probably guess which Tim Burton film inspired that desire. Security Officer Limon was not amused when I asked where the basement was, but she did graciously pose for a photo next to the map of the Alamo grounds with me. Ahhh, we can’t be serious all of the time, can we?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MSU-Bozeman summer online course: M518: Statistics for Teaching

Montana math standards call for increased knowledge of statistics.  Do you want to improve your comfort level with data, variation, and inference? MSU-Bozeman's online summer course will expand your view of statistics as a dynamic and useful decision-making tool. Details are below! 
  • M518: Statistics for Teaching (online)
  • Dates: June 12 – July 28 (seven weeks)
  • Format: Weekly projects, asynchronous discussions, simulations using TinkerPlots software
  • More information: http://btc.montana.edu/courses/aspx/descrip3.aspx?TheID=228 
  • Still have questions? Contact the course coordinator: jennifer.luebeck@montana.edu 
Course Description: Stochastic concepts including probabilistic underpinnings of statistics, measures of central tendency, variability, correlation, distributions, sampling, and simulation. Exploratory data analysis including experiments, surveys, measures of association and inferential statistics. Discussion of methods for teaching statistics in secondary mathematics and science. This course is designed to engage students using a modeling and simulation approach to inference. Students will be exposed to numerous examples of real-world applications of statistics that are designed to help them think like statisticians and develop a conceptual understanding of statistics. Students will gain an understanding of the foundational concepts of data, variation and inference, as well as an appreciation for the fundamental role that statistics plays in a host of disciplines, such as business, economics, law, and medicine.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Apply to win $25,000

The National Museum of Mathematics is looking for applications for the Rosenthal Prize.  You can apply at the MoMath website. Applications are due on May 24th.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

2nd Annual M Cubed

M Cubed– Montana Math Meet

August 9th and 10th, 2017
Butte, Montana

Join mathematics teachers from across our great state as we gather to discuss and learn about mathematics education from one another.
M Cubed is different from other conferences:

  • This conference is $25 for all MCTM members and $45 for all nonmembers
  • Snacks both days, a t-shirt, and door prizes will be provided for all attendees
  •  All attendees will earn OPI renewal units 
  • The schedule includes time for both professional and social discussions. Please be ready to share your best teaching tools, tips and tricks.   

MCTM's own Tony Riehl (A Desmos Fellow) will be doing a Desmos workshop.  We also will have workshops on Modeling, Number Talks, and Probability and Games.
We will have social time at lunches both days and a meet up at local Breweries and the Headframe Distillery.
MCubed is a "connected" conference.  All attendees will need to bring an internet enabled device of some sort.
To register visit the M Cubed website:  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 MCTM Math Contest results

Over 4000 Montana mathletes in grades 7-12 participated in the 2017 MCTM Math Contest this spring!  Participating students completed three 30 minute tests based on grade-level content.  Contest writers (all Montana math teachers) started correlating the tests with Common Core math standards in 2013.  

There are currently 12 regional contests:  Billings, Butte, Glasgow, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Livingston, Midstate (Winnett), Missoula, Sidney, and Southeast (Plevna).  The top male and female senior participants in each of these regions is awarded a $200 scholarship (must complete calculus and statistics based tests). Many regional contests also give out a plethora of prizes – from plaques to pizza coupons to graphing calculators.
Students who earn three superior ratings at their regional contests earn an achievement pin. 14 students from 12 different schools scored in the top 15% at the state level for each of the three tests that they completed this year. These state champion mathletes were rewarded with locker magnets.   

Most contests occur in March of each year. Not sure how to get your students involved in an MCTM regional math contest?  Contact Shari Kepner at math.contest.mctm@gmail.com or check out the MCTM website’s contest page at http://montanamath.org/?p=contest for regional director contact information, dates, and copies of past tests. Numerous regions hold their contests at colleges and universities, so these events are also an easy way to get your students to take a look at some higher education campuses. Join the fun in 2018!

A special thank you to Shari Kepner (our state contest director), Tony Riehl (or registration and scoring expert), our contest site directors, and our test writers for all that they do to make this contest possible.