Math Bits - November 2023

Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics


Spring Conference Preview

I am looking forward to our spring conference in April. It’s exciting to welcome Dr. Pamela Seda to Duluth April 11th for the Symposium and on Friday April 12th as our Keynote Speaker.

5 Ways We Include Others as Experts

The first part of the ICUCARE Framework from the book Choosing to See is Including Others as Experts. This means to “Create classroom environments that extend beyond the teacher as the sole authority to develop competence and confidence in others as experts, including the students themselves.”

Article by Laura Wagenman, 2024 Spring Conference Chair and VP Elementary

Spring Conference Registration NOW OPEN

2024 Spring Conference Registration 

Exhibitor Registration 

More information to follow to exhibitors


A new MDE resource available for educators.  New posting on the MCTM YouTube Channel.

MDE WEBINAR - Science and Math Part 1 Modeling A common math and science practice

Have you been looking for the MDE math item samplers?  Yes, they have been moved.  The link below provides access not only to the item samplers but the Minnesota Question Tool (MQT) and the Testing 1,2,3 site as well.

Where the heck are those math item samplers?

Article submitted by Angela Hochstetter and Michael Huberty, MDE Mathematics Assessment Specialists.


Click on the link below for information about

  • FREE PD on MLK Day, January 15, 2024
  • Four book club opportunities - all free
  • Nomination form for a K-6 Teacher for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST Award)
  • Join a free MN Math Leaders (yes, that's you!) PLC group - 2 sessions each month - either 12:30 - 2:30 or 4:00 - 6:00.

Updates from Sara VanDerWerf, MDE Math Specialist


MCTM Foundation Updates and Grant Opportunities

Updates from your Region Directors  Looking for resources for National Native American Heritage Month? View resources from Mark Nechanicky, Region 1 Director.



MCTM Markdowns Taken at the MCTM Online Store


MathMasters Competitions 23-24 



Do you know someone who would bring valuable experience to the MCTM Board of Directors? Nominations are open for six positions (President-Elect, two Vice-Presidents and three Regional Directors) for the next MCTM Board election.

Call for nominations for the 2024 MCTM Board of Directors

Article by Karen Hyers, Past President



The MCTM 8 regional directors are very excited to learn from and connect with our 2024 MCTM conference keynote speaker, Dr. Pamela Seda! We are planning a monthly virtual book study (3 meetings total) in January-March. Her book, Choosing to See: A Framework for Equity in the Math Classroom is available now. More information about registering for this networking event from MCTM and MN math leaders in the future.

The Future of Mathematics Education - Part 2  We, as teachers, have the opportunity to share the benefits of becoming educators each day with the students in our classes. 

Article by Todd Frauenholtz, MCTM Vice President of Higher Education

Message from MCTM President Kristin Johnson  What activities bring excitement and joy to your class and to you?

Building Thinking Classrooms Together:  November

Building Thinking Classrooms are taking Minnesota math classrooms by storm. Last spring, Peter Liljedahl shared his research in Minnesota at the MCTM Conference in Duluth.  There will be a BTC article each month in MathBits.

Each month Jessica responds to a question.  See below for this month's question.

From Jess at Mora High School: 

I've been doing thin-slicing tasks a few times a week for over a year now and I love it. I'm still struggling on a regular basis with students not being good about staying with their group and/or just letting others do the problems. I try to move the marker around and talk a lot about what the work is supposed to look like, but do you have any other suggestions for keeping students engaged in the work?

Read the response here.

From Jessica Strom:  I am looking for more topics and questions to discuss in future articles. If you have a question about the Thinking Classroom, or if you have a story or success that you would like to share, please send me your question in this google form.

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