LXV No. 2
WE TEACH MORE THAN JUST MATHEMATICS
(Adapted from Matt Larson)
As mathematics educators we are not immune to the current political climate and emotionally charged environments. In recent weeks I have had some mathematics educators tell me that the political events in our country have deeply affected them, while others have indicated that it doesn’t affect them as they “teach math.” I, along with Matt, must remind everyone that while the subject we teach is mathematics, we teach it to students. Their success in the classroom is dependent on our ability as teachers to create an emotionally safe and welcoming classroom environment for each and every one of our students, regardless of their background.
We can ensure this by “making our classrooms great” not only by offering the best mathematics instruction possible, but by also maintaining our commitment to democratic principles and our role in the democratic process. This should include the constructive and inclusive exchange of differing points of view, while simultaneously always standing against any act by anyone that threatens the well being of our students.
I close with my continued gentle nudge towards using your voice for your students. Please continue contacting your state and federal legislators about keeping our standards high, reducing the amount of standardized testing, using research based best practices to make decisions and the need to hire/appoint qualified professionals to make important decisions in public education.
Happy New Year!
Scot Acre, DACTM President
Note from the EditorThe FACTORIAL! is a long-standing publication of Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Welcome to the second issue of the 65th volume. In this issue, you will find practical applications for the classroom, ways to expand your professional network, and various DACTM opportunities.
Every year, DACTM funds the implementation of innovative projects in math classrooms and awards scholarships to pre-service math teachers. Congratulations to our mini-grant recipients for the 2016 - 2017 school year!
Mini-grant recipients were recognized at a special ceremony during the fall conference. Scholarship recipients, Renee Burdock and Kyle Linford, will be recognized at the DACTM annual meeting on May 17. Mini-grant and scholarship applications are being accepted for the 2017 - 2018 year. If you would like to give a tax-deductible donation, please visit our grants and scholarships webpage.
In the coming months, the spring issue of the FACTORIAL! will be released. Enjoy the current issue and the last months of the academic year!
Kyalamboka Brown, FACTORIAL! Editor