Mathematics Update

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1st Tuesday Twitter Tales!

Tonight's the night! Join #esc11math and @MFAnnie for some #NoticeWonder at 8 PM CST!
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FAQ's Sequencing, Prerequisites, and Innovative Courses...Oh my!

Do you have questions about course sequencing? Are there any courses that don't have Algebra I as the prerequisite? What do we do with 8th graders who haven't demonstrated mastery of 8th grade TEKS and aren't ready to be enrolled in Algebra I?

The ESC Region 11 Math Team is just a phone call or email away!

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New FREE Online PD from Pam Harris!

Now open! A short online course for secondary math teachers written by Pam Harris. The course is FREE*.

Why take this course? Ever heard Pam talk about teaching and learning? Want to see that kind of teaching and learning happening live? Want to experience that kind of teaching and learning yourself? In this course you will:

  • watch real students really learning algebra
  • see students learn math through sequenced rich tasks
  • earn CPE credit (or take the free version)
  • do it on your own time, at your own pace.

Sign up with your PLC, department, chair, or administrator!

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NCTM Author Talk: High-Yield Routines for Grades K-8

Author Talk: High-Yield Routines for Grades K-8

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST - 7:00:00 PM CST

Our classrooms are full or routines - procedures for lining up, processes for collecting papers, and methods for taking attendance. Routines provide a sense of stability and comfort in the classroom. Although routines are usually associated with organization, they can also be used to enhance instruction. High Yield Routines presents seven easily implemented classroom routines that provide teachers with opportunities to enhance the content knowledge and mathematical practices of their students. These routines may be used effectively at a variety of grade levels to address many different math concepts. During the webinar, the authors will provide an overview of each of the routines. A glimpse of how that routine might look across the grade levels will be shared through student work examples. For each routine, the authors will discuss implementing the routine, the mathematical content and practices addressed, assessing student thinking, and how the routine might be adapted. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how the routine might be used in their own classrooms. Finally, some engaging ways to bring math into non-mathematical classroom routines will be shared.

Register Today!

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Solve for Tomorrow Teacher Contest

Samsung is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Solve for Tomorrow contest through November 9, 2017. Applications are open to teachers for grades 6-12 in public schools, including charter schools that are 50% or more publicly funded. Teachers can submit ideas on how their students can use science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) to address a real-world problem in their community. Teachers can apply at Additional contest information is available at


TRC Math: Understanding Students' Thinking About Measurement

Gr 4-7 (2 day training)
January 9, 2018 & February 15, 2018

TRC Math Developing Strategies and Concepts for Proportional Reasoning
Gr 5-7 The Sequel (2 day training)
January 30, 2018 & March 1, 2018

Did you miss the ESC 11 Math and Science Leaders Meeting?

Access resources and materials here! Don't forget to provide valuable feedback to inform us of your district needs by filling out the Needs Assessment!
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Have you tried Desmos yet?

Desmos wants to help every student learn math and love learning math. But “every student” is a lot of students so we create digital math tools and let the Internet take them to anyone who wants them.

We built the best-in-class HTML5 Desmos graphing calculator, which millions of students around the world use for free. That calculator catches stellar reviews in app stores and from happy users on Twitter. We also create activities on top of that calculator, helping students use a powerful tool to experience all the curiosity, beauty, and sense that math has to offer. Those activities were used so often by so many teachers around the world that we decided to create an Activity Builder, helping every teacher create digital math activities that equal and exceed the activities we create ourselves.

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NCTM Illuminations

Pre-K Grade 2

Button Trains

Students describe order by using vocabulary such as before, after, and between. They also review and use both cardinal and ordinal numbers.

Grades 3–5

Growing Patterns

Students explore growing patterns. They analyze, describe, and justify their rules for naming patterns. Since students are likely to see growing patterns differently, this is an opportunity to engage them in communicating about mathematics.

Grades 6–8

Skin Weight

Students complete a chart by multiplying or dividing a given value, compare two categories in a line graph, and identify number patterns.

Grades 9–12

Bathtub Water Levels

Students examine real-life data that illustrate a negative slope. Students interpret the meaning of the negative slope and y-intercept of the graph of the real-life data. By examining the graphical representation of the data, students relate the slope and y-intercept of the least squares regression line to the real-life data. They also interpret the correlation coefficient of the least squares regression line.

Tuva Builds Conceptual Understanding of Essential Mathematics and Statistics Concepts

Connect Classroom Mathematics and Statistics to Solve Real-World Problems

Tuva’s authentic datasets and tools provide students an opportunity to apply mathematics and statistics concepts to solve meaningful problems in real-world contexts.

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