Friday, January 19, 2018

Student opportunity - AMC tests



Do you know of a top-notch, 1 to 2% in the nation, mathematically inclined student?  If so, please encourage them to register for the American Mathematics Competition which is being offered by the Science Math Resource Center at MSU-Bozeman.  The actual exam will take place in the Bozeman High School Library.

AMC10/12B - American Mathematics Contest 10/12B - registration open
Montana State University’s Science Math Resource Center (SMRC) will host the 2018 American Mathematics Contest 10/12B (AMC 10/12B) for all high school students interested in mathematics at Bozeman High School on Wednesday, February 15 from 4:15 (Contest will end around 5:55 PM).
Eligibility: Students in grades 10 or under for AMC 10B OR grades 12 or under for AMC 12B.
Register to take the 2018 AMC 10B/12B. Registration is open until spots are filled.

This information can also be found on the Science Math Resource Center website at http://www.montana.edu/ehhd/smrc/index.html.

A description of the tests is located at https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-1012 

There is no student cost for this exam, other than getting to Bozeman High School.  This is a fun, yet challenging exam intended for mathematically inclined students.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Jump into STREAM!



This spring and summer, the Montana STREAM Project is offering a wide variety of online modules (or mini-courses) for Montana’s K-12 mathematics teachers. Each module is designed to help K-12 mathematics teachers improve their knowledge of mathematics, deepen their understanding of our state standards, and engage their students in meaningful learning of mathematics. STREAM modules are free, and teachers can earn 15 OPI renewal units for successful completion. The STREAM Online Module Calendar Spring 2018 lists all modules offered in the spring and summer of 2018. The STREAM Online Module Descriptions Spring 2018 provides an overview of each module and its objectives. 

Please join us online by signing up for a course.  Please help us get the word out by distributing this information widely to K-12 mathematics teachers in your district. Thank you!!

The STREAM Leadership Team
Jennie Luebeck – Montana State University
Matt Roscoe – University of Montana
Lisa Scott – Billings Public Schools

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Upcoming workshops from OPI



Check out upcoming conferences run by the Office of Public Instruction
·         Assessment and Data Conference: February 8-9 – Billings, February 12-13 - Helena
·         Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference: March 4-5- Helena
·         Title 1 Conference: March 27-28 - Helena
·         MBI June 18-21 – Bozeman
For a list of all upcoming professional development across the state check out the OPI Learning Opportunities Portal.

Upcoming Montana Math Matters events: Growth mindset and productive struggle.
Participants will learn how a growth mindset affects achievement in mathematics; learn instructional strategies to promote student perseverance and productive struggle and increase student math skills and knowledge; engage in math activities; and discuss strategies that can increase all students enjoyment and learning of mathematics. All K-12 math teachers and administration are invited to attend. Event is free, lunch is provided and earn 6 OPI renewal units. Sign up at: goo.gl/NEVX2E
Hardin January 20th, 9- 3:30pm
Reed Point February 17th, 9-3:30pm
More locations to coming this Spring! 

Math Interim Assessments
Looking for FREE and standards aligned Interim assessments? Check out the SBAC Interim Assessments! All 2nd-11th grade students have been uploaded by the OPI. These free assessments can assist teachers in identifying student strengths and weaknesses and can be useful in modifying curriculum to meet those needs. Assessments are broken into domain categories as well as integrated domain versions. Students practice in an authentic testing experience with accessibility supports and aggregated data provided. For more information on the interim assessments, please see the Interim Assessment tab on the OPI website. Questions on implementation of Interim assessments? Contact Yvonne Field (yfield@mt.gov) or Marisa Franklin (marisa.franklin@mt.gov).