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December 2020, Volume 27

Rest, Relax, Recharge, and Continue Learning!

A well-deserved break is right around the corner. While we encourage educators to step away and focus on family, we also know this is a great time to catch up on your own professional learning. This month we are offering 10 opportunities for you to realize or review resources from IDOE, read impactful articles to reflect on your own practice, watch can't-miss webinars, or play around with one of our favorite resources, Desmos.


Pick one per day or one day to experience them all. Whatever you choose, do it with a warm cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa and an open, rested mind!

10 Opportunities For Teachers Over Break

Continuous Learning Challenges

The Indiana Department of Education Continuous Learning Challenges Winter Edition is now available! Winter-themed challenges for students in grades K-12 will make this winter break a time to make memories. Please share with families to continue learning over winter break in a fun and engaging way!

Empower2Inspire Weekly Blast

In this bi-monthly blast, explore the latest research and resources that are connected to the events and developments in education. Empower2INspire will empower you and inspire you to meet the demands of education. Check out the first blast. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss out on future blasts! Complete this form to subscribe today!

IDOE Newsletters

ALL newsletters from every department at the IDOE are available in a one-stop location. Find all the most current information and ideas coming from each department. Check it out!

Moving Forward

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) have collaborated to publish a document that provides guidance for mathematics educators to make informed decisions for next steps in response to COVID-19. Moving Forward presents considerations, questions, and potential solutions to address the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Learn more here.

How to Help Students Focus on What They're Learning, Not the Grade

One thing the pandemic has done is to help educators see what works and what doesn't and producing innovative ways to transform teaching and learning. Edutopia presents an article to "emphasize students' developing skills instead of a graded product to remind them to see learning as their goal." Read about it here.

Global Math Department

The Global Math Department is a group of math educators collaborating to discuss and share what they've learned. They provide live and recorded professional learning that is fun, useful, and interesting. Here are some recent webinars that I would encourage you to watch:

Register for the upcoming webinar today!

December 15, 2020 - Wonder, Plan, Run, Reflect: Action Research in the Math Classroom

5 Second Rule

Mel Robbins, renowned motivational speaker and best-selling author, has designed a simple solution to a common problem we've all faced - holding ourselves back and avoiding the hard stuff. Educators, specifically, make tons of 5-second decisions each day but your brain wants to do what is easiest. Try it out and learn more about this mindfulness ritual that can change your life.

Virtual Learning Series

The Indiana Department of Education’s Math Teaching and Learning team provides virtual professional development exploring high-quality math resources. Whether you consider yourself a novice or expert, learn ways to integrate these resources into your instructional routines for remote learning or in-person environments. Available for both elementary and secondary sessions.

Partnership for Inquiry Learning

IDOE has partnered with a team of math educational coaches and specialists from the Partnership for Inquiry Learning to provide content to assist educators in understanding and applying select Indiana Academic Standards in grades 2-5. Each standard is accompanied by a one page description of the vertical articulation of each standard or concept, a brief overview video introducing the standard, and grade-specific videos demonstrating strategies to effectively teach each goal. Check it out!

Make Them Balance

Desmos creators have developed a lesson that uses hangers to explore solutions to equations and systems of equations. Students will explore a single hanger and values that balance the hanger being solutions to an equation and, when plotted, forms a line. Already tried out this version? Try Solve Me Puzzle Mobiles available grades K-12.

Video of the Month

Things You Only Say When Remote Teaching...

Opportunities for the Field

Keep Indiana Learning

Keep Indiana Learning (KInL) created by the Central Indiana Educational Service Center (CIESC) provides educators with an empowering collaborative community that will transform teaching and learning resulting in relevant, engaging, and equitable learning opportunities for all students. Supported by Educational Services of Indiana, they provide resources and professional learning where educators, families, and students can connect and learn from peers across the State of Indiana.


Interested in becoming a KInL contributor? KInL was designed to provide interactive, on-demand, professional development for leaders, educators, student service professionals, families, students, and community partners across Indiana. KInL has a desire to not only provide resources for education but also create a space for educators to connect, share, and learn. Through the GEER Grant, KInL ia ble to financially compensate contributors to their professional development library. Learn more about how you can be paid to contribute to KInL or contact Laurie Ferry at lferry@ciesc.org. Follow KInL on Twitter @KeepINLearning and use #KeepIndianaLearning

Tools For Teacher Lesson of the Month

Plot Your Course! BattleGraph

Battleship is a classic game that students of all ages are familiar with. In this lesson, students will use Battleship to reinforce coordinate plane graphing with a fun, engaging activity for pairs or groups of students. Indiana teachers can access Plot Your Course! BattleGraph for free on the Tools for Teachers website after logging in.

Three Ways to Learn During Break from the Infused Classroom

Mathematics Educator Spotlight Nomination

We are looking for rock star math educators who are innovative and inspiring; educators who lead, learn, and collaborate with humility and passion. If you know someone (or are that someone) click the button and nominate them (or yourself)!

Your IDOE Mathematics Team