Last Begles of Year 2017

Our last Begles POTLUCK of 2017 fall semester is December 1st from 5:30-8pm at Dr. Amy Ellis’s home (150 Yonah Avenue, Athens, GA, 30601). Please let us know if you will attend and, like always, bring friends, family, and significant others. We hope to see you there! Though bringing a dish is not required to attend, if you wouldn’t mind bringing something, that would be great! Also, bring a few beverages to share (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and let’s make the beverages potluck as well! 

 To RSVP, you can use the sign-up sheet posted on the MESA section of the bulletin board outside Room 105 in Aderhold or, if you want to be tech savvy, you can use this Google Sheet. You can also access the sign up sheet through the Facebook event on the MESA Group Mathematics Education Student Association
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Colloquium Announcement: Dr. Sarah Lubienski

We are excited to announce that Dr. Sarah Lubienski from Indiana University will be visiting next week and giving a colloquium!

When: Wednesday, November 15th 3:15pm
Where: Aderhold Room 229
What:  “Mathematics Instruction, Achievement and Equity in the U.S.: What Can (and Can’t) National Data Tell Us About Recent Trends?”.

Dr. Sarah Lubienski is a professor of mathematics education at Indiana University. Her research focuses on diverse students’ mathematics outcomes and the policies and practices that shape those outcomes. Dr. Lubienski is co-Chair of the Research in Mathematics Education SIG of AERA as well as a member of the AERA Grants Governing Board. Dr. Lubienski has served as director of several AERA Institutes on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy. Her work has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Center of Education Statistics, the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Program. She recently served as Associate and then Interim Dean of the University of Illinois Graduate College before moving to Indiana University in Bloomington.

We look forward to seeing you next week.

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Pumpkin Carving /Cookout Event

Please pencil in Saturday, Oct 21 (5pm – 9pm) at the University Community Room (710 E Campus Road) for this fun-filled event. Food will be provided by MESA but we request everyone BYOP: bring your own pumpkins! Please let us know if you will attend and, like always, bring friends, family, and significant others. We hope to see you there!

To RSVP, you can use the sign-up sheet posted on the MESA section of the bulletin board outside Room 105 in Aderhold or, if you want to be tech savvy, you can use this Google Sheet. You can also access the signup sheet through the Facebook event on the MESA Group Mathematics Education Student Association.

 

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Begles is TODAY!

Today is Begles day! The event will start at 5:30PM at Dr. Amy Ellis’ home! If you can, please bring a dish to share and some drinks! Can’t wait to see you!

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Kickball and Potluck – THIS Saturday!

Hi MESA Members,

Hopefully you are planning to attend the biannual MESA Kickball game and cookout THIS Saturday, April 29, from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  MESA will be providing the burgers, hot dogs, condiments and drinks, and we invite you to show off your cooking skills by bringing your favorite dish to share. The potluck and playing part are totally optional, so if you prefer to show off your shopping skills, or simply grace us with your presence and cheer or watch instead of play, that is perfectly fine too.

Please RSVP by Wednesday 4/26 by using the following link:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MSzpmyz_FGFypbxtoitrTEeLIjs7GUF7Jn8emPcfolQ/edit?usp=sharing

Your response is greatly appreciated, as it will really help us to plan to have enough food and drinks for everyone but you can still show up if you do not RSVP!  The game will be at the UGA Intramural Field #3 and the cookout will be at the Family Housing Community Room. Please feel free to bring your family and friends to this fun event!

Kindest regards,

Sheri

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Begles – THIS Friday!

Begles is this coming Friday, March 3, and hopefully you are planning on attending. If you have a favorite dish or something special to drink that you would like to share, you can use the following link to RSVP:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MSzpmyz_FGFypbxtoitrTEeLIjs7GUF7Jn8emPcfolQ/edit?usp=sharing

Of course, please plan to come even if you are not bringing something, as there is always plenty to share!

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MESA Undergraduate Speaker Series: Dean Stevenson

On Tuesday, January 31st, Dean Stevenson (current PhD student in Mathematics Education at UGA) gave his talk titled:

A, B, C, D, and F: Meaningful Grades or Random Letters?

To watch the talk, please go here! If you have comments, questions, or would like a copy of the slides from the presentation, please contact Dean directly.

Abstract:
“Johnny is failing my class. He would have an ‘A’ but he won’t do his homework. He gets an ‘A’ on every test, he just won’t do what I ask him to do.”
-High School History Teacher, 2013, Parent/Teacher Conference

Based on this quote, what grade do you think Johnny deserves? An “F”? An “A”? Something in between? Contemplating the answer to this and similar questions is the premise of this professional development session. By attending, it is my hope that you will critically reflect on the way you approach both assessment (how you determine what a student knows) and grading (how you communicate what a student knows). The presentation will include several activities, a handful of thought provoking questions, and a brief outline of Standards-Based Grading.

Dean Stevenson is a former high school mathematics teacher in Virginia and was part of a team that lead professional development sessions on assessment practices. Dean is hoping to incorporate Standards-Based Grading (SBG) into his research while at UGA to see how SBG impacts both teachers and students.

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Colloquium Announcement: Dr. Michael Oehrtman

We are excited to announce that Dr. Michael Oehrtman from Oklahoma State University will be visiting next week and giving a colloquium!

When: Tuesday, January 31st 4pm
Where: Aderhold Room 229
What: The talk title and abstract will to be sent later this week

Dr. Oehrtman is also available to talk with students and faculty outside of the scheduled colloquium. Please send us an email to let us know if you would like to join Dr. Oehrtman for lunch, dinner, or discussion outside of the scheduled event.

We look forward to seeing you next week.

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Colloquium Announcement: Dr. Jeffrey M. Rabin

Monday, January 9th, 4pm Room 229, Aderhold Hall

Double negative: Two classroom episodes, two analytic frameworks, and two pedagogical recommendations concerning negative number operations

Abstract:

The teaching and learning of negative integer operations brings into play many important issues in mathematics education. These include the generalization and revision of prior knowledge about natural numbers, the teaching of material that is conventional rather than provable, the use of patterns as a form of justification, and the acceptance of “numbers” whose mathematical reality stems from an axiomatic system rather than a concrete physical model. Anna Sfard has written that “learning about negative numbers involves a transition to a new, incommensurable discourse.”

I will present a tenth-grade classroom episode introducing negative integer exponents, analyzing the teacher’s strategies and the students’ reactions in the framework of the Necessity Principle of Harel’s DNR system, which states: In order for students to learn what we intend to teach them, they must have a need for it, where “need” means intellectual need, not social or economic need. This will be compared and contrasted with a similar episode on negative integer multiplication analyzed by Sfard in terms of her own “commognitive” framework. I will suggest reasons why pattern-based justifications may not address students’ intellectual needs, and alternative pedagogical strategies for promoting student reasoning about new mathematical conventions.

The talk is based on joint work with Evan Fuller and Guershon Harel.

 

 

 

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Principals’ Panel – Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30PM

You are cordially invited to what promises to be one of the best events of the year: The Principals’ Panel. The event will be on Tuesday, January 10th, at 6:30PM in Aderhold Hall (Room 229). Here is information on what to expect:

A panel of principals (secondary and middle grades) will be in Aderhold Hall to take questions about their perspectives on a variety of issues, including the culture of their particular school, what is expected from mathematics and science teachers, and what the school expectations are regarding teacher collaboration and professional development, to name a few. Additionally, those who attend will have the opportunity to ask questions and will have some time to meet individually with the panel participants.

Current attendees include:

Philip Brown, Ph.D., Principal – North Oconee High School
Al Darby, Ph.D., Principal – Winder-Barrow High School
Ted MacMillan, Principal – Clarke Middle School
Melanie H. Sigler, Principal – Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School
M. Marie Yuran, Principal – Clarke Central High School

We hope to have an additional two principals present with at least one from Barrow County. This promises to be a great event so we hope to see you there!

The link to the Facebook event can be found here.

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