Undergraduates! Join MESA for Game Night on Thursday, January 22 from 7pm to 9pm in Aderhold 116. Pizza will be provided.
MESA is currently holding an election for the 2020 MESA Co-Colloquium Chair. Please use the following link to cast your vote.
The election will be open from 8 a.m., Tuesday (1/21/2020) until 5 p.m. the following Tuesday (1/28/2020). If you have any questions, please contact MESA Vice-President, Rett McBride, at email@example.com.
MESA invites you to the first Begles of 2020! This Begles is during recruitment weekend and we would love to see as many faces as possible at this event! Keep an eye out for an email with address information.
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!
MESA is excited to announce that on Tuesday, November 12th, principals 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!
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.
Recently there has been a lot of enthusiasm for integrating practices of Computer Science into mathematics classrooms. Although the reasons range from the hopeful to the pragmatic, we in fact know very little about how mathematical thinking might productively, or unproductively, connect with Computing. In this talk I will share findings from two rounds of design studies that sought to understand how these content areas, and their associated practices, might intersect, and ultimately, what the two fields have to learn from each other.
Melissa Gresalfi is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education and the Learning Sciences, and Dean of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University. Her research considers how to design learning environments that support students’ empowered engagement with mathematics. Her projects explore how tasks, social interactions, and norms and broader narratives support student learning and identity, with a current focus on textile craft, programming, and play. These projects share a commitment to understand how classroom structures and curricular designs create (or limit) opportunities for students to engage meaningfully with information. Gresalfi has served as PI or co-PI on numerous grants funded through the Gates Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.