Build Math Confidence February 2021 Volume 141
Upcoming Math Education Events
Monday nights February and March AMTNJ (Assoc. of Math Teachers of New Jersey)
Friday March 12 LIMACON (Long Island Mathematics Conference)
The Manifesto for Teaching Online
The Manifesto for Teaching Online is a prescient set of 21 short statements first written in 2011. This philosophy can be best summarized by the first point shown on the cover: "Online can be the privileged mode. Distance is a positive principle, not a deficit."
While this is written for college instructors, much of it applies to all who are teaching and learning online. Some of the statements are mind-bending such as "A routine of plagiarism detection structures-in distrust." as well as "Don't succumb to campus envy: we are the campus". In this time of distance learning, these insights can inspire, instruct and inform teachers, students, parents and other stakeholders on how to create and thrive in digital educational spaces. There are many gems such as "Online and offline there are many ways to get it right", "We have chosen spaces that students can actively build and playfully inhabit in new ways" and "The primary responsibility of education is to support students in the ability to think critically and independently."
Meditation Challenge for February
During this time of social distancing, meditation can help manage stress and create a sense of community even if it's virtual. This month, Sharon Salzberg offers the 11th annual Meditation Challenge course based on her book Real Happiness.
Beyond Salzberg's website, listed below are opportunities for free live meditations as well as on demand meditations for whenever you need to chill.
All times EST
Mondays 1PM Meditation from the Rubin Museum
Weekdays 9am and 6pm Susan Piver and Friends
Math Proficiency by Country
Click on the image above to play this Flourish image of Math proficiency from 2006 until 2018. The data is from the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) exam
which is given every 3 years and "provides comparative data on 15-year-olds’ performance in reading, mathematics, and science." According to the OECD that produces the triennial report, "The results have informed education policy discussions at the national and global level since its inception."
It remains to be seen if there will be a PISA in 2021.
Brain Puzzlers
Answer to January's Brain Puzzler: "Why can't big cats take tests?
There are too many cheetahs." Click here for the solution.
 
Thanks, Robin the Math Lady Schwartz