Math Dept. Newsletter

November 2015

1st Marking Period is a Wrap!

SGOs are done, the first round of observations are complete, grades will be posted soon, and the first ten weeks is under the bridge. I hope everyone enjoyed the break last weekend, and I hope those who went to Atlantic City found something of value.

I was glad to have attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference in Atlantic City a few weeks ago. I found Tim Kanold's formative assessment workshop extremely valuable. I also had the opportunity to see Don Balka from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. His workshop focused on rigor in the classroom. Materials from these workshops will be available for you at our next department meeting if you would like them. Hopefully, you've found the book, Principles to Action, useful. Below is a link of resources (the toolkit) related to the book.

Several of our department members have attended their own workshops over the last several weeks. I'll be touching base with you to see if you'd be willing to discuss some key elements at our next department meeting. I'll send out an agenda late next week for the meeting.

Enjoy the rest of your week.



Texas Instruments Rep Is Visiting AHS on December 15th

I visited the TI booth at the NCTM, and they have some interesting materials and equipment that I thought would be worth looking into. Since the conference, I've been in touch with our TI sales rep, Jim Donatelli. He will be visiting AHS on Tuesday, December 15th @ 2:45pm to meet with our department. Hopefully, you have some time and would like to join.

Below is an email he sent. Please check out the links. I will remind everyone of his visit a week before. Hope you can make it on the 15th.


I hope you enjoyed your time at the conference and had a chance to learn more about the vast resources and professional development TI offers to support educators, like the new TI Building Concepts.

As you continue looking for resources to support your students’ learning, I encourage you to visit our website.

On this website, you will find:

  • Free standards-aligned math lessons for use with TI-Nspire™ technology and TI-84 plus family technology.
  • Building Concepts provides a different way for teaching concepts like: factions, expressions and equations, ratios and statistics.
  • 10 Minutes of Code provides simple lessons to spark your students’ interest in coding using the TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators
  • Opportunities for you to extend your own learning through workshops and free weekly webinars.

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