Madison County Illinois Teachers are “Mad about Math”

MadaboutMathpictureSecond and Third Grade teachers from school districts in Madison County participated in a “Mad about Math” workshop on January 23rd that provided the opportunity for them to focus on their math curriculum, their instructional materials, and the assessments that their districts use. These teachers also shared what worked best in their classrooms in an effort to help others become the best.
The teachers who attended this workshop will return to their districts and to their schools and share what they have learned about the most effective methods to teach math to their colleagues.
This workshop is one of several that are offered by the Regional Office of Education’s School Improvement division. Dr. Robert Daiber, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Madison County, said, “Although Madison County is the home of great teachers and great schools, we are constantly working to become better.”
Keep track of upcoming workshops here:

Great Rivers Math Teachers’ Circle

Math Teachers’ Circles ( provide an opportunity for teachers to enrich their own knowledge and experience, while building long-term, meaningful partnerships with other teachers and mathematicians. Join us for regular sessions with professional development communities to work on rich mathematics problems. Enjoy dinner while you’re at it – food will be provided! All ability and comfort levels are welcome.


Who: Middle & High School Math Teachers

Where: Main Street Community Center, 1003 N. Main St., Edwardsville, IL

When: 5:30-7:30 pm, 3rd Thursday of the month

Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16



ROE 41 Announces Summer STEM Camp in Troy, IL

ROE 41 is proud to announce they will be conducting a 1 week STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp for those going into 2nd through 6th grades. The camp will be held at the ROE’s CEO school in Troy, IL (map) June 13th through the 17th. The cost is only $25.00 which includes a free t-shirt. Click the link to head to the ROE STEM web page for more details about the camp and to register:

Project Learning Tree Workshop Registration (K-8) Registration Now Open Online

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning multi-disciplinary science-focused program designed for teachers and other educators working with youth from K-8. Through in-servicing opportunities, educators learn how to utilize the ninety-six multi-disciplinary activities within the award winning Guide to meet personal classroom goals. Each participant will receive a free copy of the guide ($20 value).

This training series will focus on English Language Arts and Math-focused science integrated lessons to help bring Common Core Standards and STEM applications to the existing curriculum. Each activity is filled with opportunities to build critical thinking skills, incorporate technology, and use differentiated instruction.

Hours of Earned Credit : 14 (includes 4 hours of credit for lesson implementation to be completed between workshop sessions)

Presenter: Marvin Warner

Please note: This is a 2 day workshop. You must attend both workshops to earn your credit for lesson development. The dates are October 21st and November 18th.  As a convenience, you can register for both dates with a single online registration HERE.

Cost: Free

Thanks and we hope to see you at the workshop!

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference & Expositions

Great Math at Your Doorstep

2014 Locations and Dates:

Indianapolis • October 29–31

Richmond • November 12–14

Houston • November 19–21

200+ Presentations and Dynamic Exhibits

Whether you’re a classroom teacher, administrator, new teacher, or math coach, there’s something for everyone at the NCTM Regional Conferences.

  • Explore standards-based instruction and best practices for implementing the Common Core State Standards and other college- and career-ready standards;
  • Learn the most effective teaching practices to support students’ learning, along with the supports required to implement them, as described in NCTM’s new publication, Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All;
  • Discover ways to include 21st-century learning in the math classroom;
  • Examine new and effective differentiated instruction methods; and
  • Refine your assessment techniques.

Register early and save $80! Visit the Indianapolis, Richmond, or Houston  NCTM Regional Conference page for complete information on programs, housing and registration.

TeachThought: 25 Math Apps Parents Can Give to Their Kids From edshelf

For many of you, school is out and summer is here. Yah!

But that also means summer learning loss. Boo.

According to Dr. Ruth Peters, “students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months.” Yikes. And “all students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.”

To prevent that from happening, Glenda Stewart-Smith of Surrey School District #36 in Canada put together this collection of iPhone and iPad apps to cover all kinds of mathematical concepts in fun and engaging ways. It’s perfect for going on the road and keeping your little ones busy and learning.

If you are an educator, pass these along to your students’ parents. If you are a parent, check these apps out.

What apps would you recommend to parents?

Check out the apps >>