MSU at MCTM Summer 2017

  • Jul 25, 2017

Several MSU mathematics education graduate students and faculty members will present at the 68th Annual Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Institute and Conference in Traverse City, Michigan at the end of July. The conference is being held at TCAPS West Senior High School on Wednesday and Thursday, July 26-27, with the Pre-Conference Institute on Tuesday, July 25.

Kristen Bieda and Joe Krajcik will be leading two sessions at the Institute on Tuesday. The morning session, Option C, is titled CCSSM & Next Generation Science Standards: Synery & Intersections in Middle & Upper Grades. In the afternoon, they will be presenting a panel session with Jason Zimba, moderated by Scot Acre. The panel discussion is The Tension Between the "M" and the "S" in STEM.

Others presenting during the general sessions on Wednesday and Thursday include mathematics education faculty members Jack Smith and AJ Edson, and mathematics education graduate student Michael Morissette.

MCTM is the professional organization for Michigan mathematics educators at any grade level, pre-K through college.  The mission of MCTM is to provide “public voice and leadership to support and advance high quality teaching and learning of mathematics”.

More details about the conference can be found on the conference website.

MSU Talks

AJ Edson PhotoThursday, July 27

Session 5004, 9:45-10:45 am, A110

Modeling as a Context for Learning About Linear Relationships

Modeling problems provide students with engaging and mathematically relevant STEM contexts to think about and develop meaning of quantities and variables. The session will focus on how modeling can be used as a context to develop students’ understandings of linear relationships in middle grades classrooms. Activities will be drawn from Connected Mathematics.

AJ Edson


Mike Morissette PhotoSession 5011, 9:45-10:45 am, C103

Breaking out of the rut

This session is for mathematics teachers that are tired of teaching in a traditional matter, want to change, but do not know how. I will discuss and model some changes one can make to turn one's classroom into more of a student-centered one.

Michael Morissette


Jack Smith PhotoSession 8003, 2:15-3:15 pm, A108/109

Equal Groups and Repeated Addition Won't Do in Developing Students' Understanding of Multiplication

Most current mathematics curricular materials present multiplication as a specialized form of addition. This introduction is easy to teach and learn, but it does not support students' understanding of the full range of multiplicative quantities and situations necessary for longer-term in mathematics and science. This session will consider more effective ways to begin this development.

Jack Smith