Mathematics Update

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Start your 17-18 school year off with these professional learning opportunities!

TI 84 Beginners

August 7, 2017 and September 12, 2017

TI Nspire Beginners

August 10, 2017 and September 7, 2017

Algebra I Workstations

September 19, 2017 and October 19, 2017

All sessions will be held at ESC Region 11 from 5-8 PM. Registration coming soon!

Congratulations Megan Gabriel Denton High School, Denton ISD Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 2017 State Finalist

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Senate Bill (SB) 826

  • Eliminates required course sequencing in English and mathematics for students on the Foundation High School Program
  • Applies to the 2017-2018 school year
  • Does not change any prerequisite requirements for courses

Senate Bill (SB) 463

• Amendment to TEC section 28.0258 extending Individual Graduation Committee (IGC) until September 1, 2019 for students who failed one or two required EOC exams and who are enrolled at public school districts and charter schools.

• Bill would also extend until September 1, 2019, a provision allowing a student who twice failed to pass Algebra I and English II EOC exam to satisfy requirements by receiving a proficient score on the Texas Success Initiative diagnostic assessment for the corresponding subject

• Bill would also extend applicability of graduation committee provisions to students who had entered 9th grade before 2011-2012 SY if they:

 Successfully completed all applicable curriculum requirements;

 Had not performed satisfactorily on an assessment instrument or part of an assessment instrument for high school graduation;

 Had been administered that assessment instrument at least three times.

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Help develop the Long-Range Plan for Public Education

Would you like to help establish long-term goals for the Texas public schools? The State Board of Education is now accepting nominations from those who would like to serve on a Long-Range Plan Steering Committee. The 18-member committee will be composed of five State Board of Education members, including the board chair and the chair of the Committee on School Initiatives; one representative each from the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Workforce Commission; and 10 stakeholders to be nominated by the remaining board members.

The 10 public stakeholders may be educators, parents, business and industry representatives or students. They will represent public schools of various sizes and regions. Board members are looking for nominees with broad backgrounds and experiences. The steering committee will meet approximately five times in Austin throughout the 2017-2018 school year to draft recommended long-range priorities for public education. The first meeting will occur in mid-September.

To nominate yourself or others, please complete this form: The nomination deadline is Aug. 4.

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TI Resources

TI resources

Browse free, classroom-ready activities and learn about other resources for your math classroom. Visit math resources »

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Get ready for back to school with T³™ Webinars

Mark your calendar for Tuesday nights this summer.

Come learn new ways to effectively use Texas Instruments (TI) technology to engage your students, and how to access TI resources supporting math, science and STEM educators.

Webinar participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Learn more and register »

T³™ summer 2017 webinar schedule:

(All webinars begin at 7 p.m. Central time)

July 25 – Back-to-School Tips and Tricks for TI-84 Plus Technology

Aug. 1 – Back-to-School Tips and Tricks for TI-Nspire™ Technology

Aug. 8 – Innovate Your Classroom With the TI-Innovator™ Hub

Aug. 15 – Getting a Head Start in Your Calculus Classroom

Aug. 22 – Writing Successful Grants

Aug. 29 – Exploring “What’s Typical?” Using Graphical Displays of Data

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Engaging Resources for Your Students

Pre-K–Grade 2

Fact Families

In this lesson, the relationship of addition to subtraction is explored using books and connecting cubes. Students search for related addition and subtraction facts for a given number using a virtual or actual calculator to find differences. They also investigate fact families when one addend is 0 as well as when the addends are

the same.

Grades 3–5

Pitching Cards

Students measure distances using standard and nonstandard units and record their measurement in various tables. They then use descriptive statistics to report the results. In this lesson, students play a game in which they pitch cards and measure the distances that the cards traveled.

Grades 6–8

The Factor Game

Students who play the Factor Game have an opportunity to learn winning strategies that involve distinguishing between numbers with many factors and few factors. Students are then guided through an analysis of game strategies and introduced to the definitions of prime and composite numbers.

Grades 9–12

Exploring Linear Data

Students can model linear data in a variety of settings that range from car repair to sports to medicine. Students work to construct scatterplots, interpret data points and trends, and investigate the notion of line of best fit.