Math Bits - October 2023

Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics



2024 Spring Conference

April 12 and 13, 2024

Registration coming soon.

Spring Conference Preview

Welcome back to a new school year! With just a month in, I am already 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.

Preview of 2024 Spring Conference Keynote and Symposium Speaker

Article by Laura Wagenman, 204 Spring Conference Chair and VP Elementary


A new MDE resource available for educators.

The below resource includes:

1) a multidisciplinary data project for students

2) Middle and High School Academic Standards Supporting Student Data Analysis Project in ELA, math, science, and social studies

3) Selected Data Sources

4) Resources 

MDE Designing Student Inquiry Activities using selected Statewide Data Sources


MCTM Foundation Updates and Grant Opportunities

Several grant opportunities are available.  Note the deadline to apply is October 31, 2023.

MCTM Foundation provides financial support to attend the 2024 Spring Conference, April 12-12, 2024.

The Cutler Scholarship for Middle Grade Teachers provides financial support for mathematics coursework.

MCTM Teacher incentive grants awards up to $1500 for up to 16 mathematics teachers to support innovative standards-based projects.

MathCounts Competitions 23-24 

Looking for resources for a math club?  Math competition?  MathCounts is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  Learn more below.

MathCounts Competitions for 2023-2024


MathMasters Competitions 23-24 

Math Masters Registration

Math Masters Challenge Competition for 4th, 5th, 6th Graders.

The Math Masters mathematics competition program challenges 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills in mathematics.  Students compete as individuals and on teams in 7-8 rounds of competition, with their academic effort and achievement recognized with plaques, medallions and ribbons.

In 2024, Math Masters is planning more than 60 in-person competitions throughout MN and western WI, including new competitions in Arden Hills, Mountain Iron and Thief River Falls.  The competitions, held in March and April 2024, are expected to welcome more than 5000 students.



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



Sharing the Complexity and Joy of Mathematics, article by Mark Nechanicky, Region 1 Director, Albert Lea Public Schools

  The Future  article by Dr. Todd Frauenholtz, MCTM VP of Higher Education.  What's the future of our profession?

Building Thinking Classrooms in MN

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.

Question From Matthew: 

Hi there, I just discovered BTC and really love the idea of it all. The one thing I’m confused about is how to not fall back into the old ways when teaching the curriculum. I feel like I can do non-curricular tasks no problem, but how do I take the curriculum, create a task out of it and make sure the students are learning the standards. I know the standard lecture and note taking isn’t working, but I’m just not sure how a typical day will look when I am within the curriculum. We are using Reveal Mathematics and I’m teaching algebra 2 if that matters. Thanks!

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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