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End of Semester Celebration!

MESA will hold our end of the semester celebration at the ice skating rink at the Classic Center on Wednesday, December 4th. The skate time we’ve selected is 5:00-6:30pm. If you are hesitant about ice skating, fear not! The Classic Center ice rink has skating aids to help support your balance (see photo below!)
 
Please use this sign up sheet to RSVP for the event. Recall, MESA will cover the cost of the ticket for the first 35 individuals that sign up, so act fast! If you plan to bring your partner and/or children, please list their names on separate lines. 
 
Look for another email closer to Wednesday about when and where to pick up your ticket if you are one of the lucky 35! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Principals’ Panel

MESA is excited to announce that on Tuesday, November 12thprincipals from the surrounding districts will be in Aderhold Hall participating in a panel focused on future educators! The event will start at 6:00pm in Room 229. This will be a great opportunity to build connections with administrators in local school districts, ask questions related to teaching and math education, and learn about these principal‘s perspectives. You do not need to be a member of MESA to attend, nor do you need to be in math education. All are welcome!

Math Ed Tech Workshop

TI representative, Beth Smith, will conduct a workshop for the student teachers on Tuesday, November 19 from 9:00am – 12:00pm in Room 116. The workshop will focus on high school mathematics topics using the TI-84 CE, TI-Nspire, and the TI-Rover (coding). 
 
To participate, please sign up here.

Colloquium Series: Grace Thornton, COE Research Development Manager

When: Monday, September 9, 2019

Time: 2-3 pm

Where: Aderhold 229

Want to learn about how to fund your next research study? Do you know what goes into the process of grant development? Or what resources are available when writing a grant? What about how to communicate your grant writing plans when you’re on the job market?

Grace Thornton, manager of the research development office in the College of Education at UGA, will answer some of these questions on Monday, September 9 from 2 to 3pm. Location will be announced. 

If you have a question that you want Grace to answer, please submit your question below.

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.

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.