BSU hosted the annual conference of the Massachusetts Mathematics Association of Teacher Educators (MassMATE), which featured a full slate of speakers, workshops, breakout sessions, exhibits and more.
Dr. Eric Milou, professor of mathematics at New Jersey’s Rowan University, delivered the keynote address, “The Common Core: A Challenge and an Opportunity.”
After delivering an overview of the Common Core State Standards—The Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework and the expected effects of its implementation, he outlined what it will likely mean for teachers in the commonwealth.
“We have to ask deep questions and we can’t just believe the rhetoric they tell us,” he said.
Learning how to successfully teach K-12 mathematics in this atmosphere means combining the Common Core Standards and best practices of teaching mathematics. His talk focused on strategies, technology and activities that help educators do just this.
Workshops included ways of helping struggling math students, teaching the new math standards, teaching through challenging problems, techniques for class and group discussions, mathematical modeling, the use of illustrated mapping, and literacy and math. Speakers hailed from Harvard and Boston universities, the private sector, area school districts, as well as North Carolina and New York.
BSU has hosted this conference since 2011 with the support of The Colleges of Sciences and Mathematics as well as Education and Allied Studies.Dr. Polina Sabinin, assistant professor of mathematics, is the past president of MassMATE and the current conference chair. Dr. Patricia Emmons, associate professor of education, took the reins as president of MassMATE at this conference.
MassMATE seeks to provide a forum for educators of aspiring and practicing mathematics teachers at the district levels and at institutes of higher education from across the commonwealth to communicate with each other and collaborate with other groups interested in supporting teachers of mathematics. (Photo by Shawn Finn, ’13, story by John Winters, G’11, University Advancement)