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The Virtual Mentor 2014-2015

December

Did you know that MCTM has a Foundation whose board members work hard to raise money and give it away in the form of grants and scholarships? Often, it is the latter that requires the real work and, often, there are no grants awarded because of the lack of applicants!

There is a grant for beginning or mid-career math teachers to help provide assistance covering the expenses for attending the MCTM Annual Spring Conference in Duluth. Up to $500 can be awarded to each of the recipients. The deadline for applying for this grant is Feb. 10, 2015.

The Arnie Cutler Scholarship was established in memory of Arnie, a long time MN math educator. Up to $800 is awarded to a middle grades teacher who wishes to take math content course(s) at a college or university. The next deadline for this scholarship is March 15, 2015. There are two deadlines every year.

The Ross Taylor Mathematics Education and Leadership Scholarship provides funds for the recipient to attend the annual Ross Taylor Mathematics Education and Leadership Symposium. The deadline for this scholarship is Mar. 15, 2015.

The 4th grant is the Teacher Incentive Grant. This grant provides up to $1500 for a K - 16 teacher to support the implementation of a project in mathematics.

Information and application materials can be found on the MCTM website. Click on the "Grants/Scholarships" link on the vertical menu across the upper part of the page.

Good luck with your applications.

Ann

Ann Sweeney
MCTM Virtual Math Mentor
St. Catherine University

 

 


October

EXTRA! EXTRA! EXTRA!

CONNECT has started a blog. It promises to become your go-to site for information, ideas, hints, techniques, activities, and general help for you as you strive to be the best mathematics teacher that you can be.

A subcommittee of CONNECT met and brainstormed about ways to help you navigate through all of the electronic data and social media opportunities available through MCTM. The idea of a blog appealed to all of us. At this site, you will find blogs, the latest Tweets, as well as links to MCTM's Facebook page, and "Throw-back Virtual Mentor" articles with a link to the archive. This site is in its infancy, but is off to a great start.

May Vang has written the first entry. It is a wonderful description, complete with pictures, of how she organizes her classroom. It is full of ideas and she includes the cost and source of the items she bought to allow her to be so completely organized. I've taught for many years, but May has written about methods that I wish I'd known about and used. They would have made my life much easier. I know you will find ideas there that will help you, too.

Do visit the blog and be sure to bookmark the site. It is one that I know you will go to again and again.

Happy blogging,

Ann

Ann Sweeney
MCTM Virtual Math Mentor
St. Catherine University

 

 


October

Hi Virtual Mentees,

I just found out about a new study-abroad program for undergraduates interested in teaching middle or high school mathematics. It sounds so good and I am so jealous that I decided I needed to let all of you know about it, even if you are not eligible to participate, because you can help to spread the word.

The new program is the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME). You may be familiar with the prestigious Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM). It is one of the few study-abroad programs that looks stellar on a resume or c.v. The BSM was started in 1985 and has only grown in reputation. The program is now expanding.

The BSME is designed for US and Canadian students. Classes are taught in English and students will learn the Hungarian approach to teaching mathematics. The emphasis is on problem solving, mathematical creativity, and communication. Students will work on mathematically meaningful problems that will enhance their understanding, thinking, and making connections between topics. What a great preparation for those wanting to teach.

If you are an undergraduate, be sure to check out the BSME. If you know of undergraduates who are interested in teaching mathematics, be sure to tell them of this wonderful opportunity.

Ann

Ann Sweeney
MCTM Virtual Math Mentor
St. Catherine University

 

 


September

Hi Virtual Mentees,

As we get into the swing of the new school year, I want to pass on some information from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and from MCTM.

NCTM has a list of helpful hints for "The First Days of School and all Year Long". Their hints range from helping you become a better teacher to starting you on your journey as a leader in the mathematics community. This page is part of the NCTM's larger project, "Tips for Teachers". There are tips there to take you through the entire school year.

Mark your calendar for Oct. 17, the Friday of MEA. MCTM, MN Science Teachers Association, and Eden Prairie Schools are sponsoring Edcamp Math Science MN from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Eden Prairie High School. Edcamp describes itself as an unconference event where in-service and pre-service teachers come together around common topics. The sessions are decided on at the beginning of the day, unlike conferences that are planned weeks or months in advance. It is a free event without vendors. There are 5 CEU's available for attenders and there is the all-important swag! What a great way to meet with like-minded folks to help you meet your students needs. Follow the link above to learn more and/or to register online.

I hope your school year is off to a great start,

Ann

Ann Sweeney
MCTM Virtual Math Mentor
St. Catherine University