Newsletter and Stats from Conference.

As the 2014-2015 school year comes to a close, many experiences have happened in your classroom.  What better way to share than to add one of them to the upcoming newsletter.  The due date to send an article is April 24th.  Please email the article to board.

Plenty of information about the 2o15 conference can be found here.  Be sure to check out the video of Jennifer Brown’s presentation.  Also, some presenters have added their material to the online program.  Check them out.

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2015 NCMATYC Conference

The NCMATYC 2015 Conference is March 12 and 13. The following is a list of items to help you prepare for the event.

  • The schedule will be in two forms: website and printed.  The printed form will be given to attendees during registration, along with many other goodies.  A link to the tentative program can be found here.  The website with the schedule can be found at this link  Attendees have the opportunity to create an account and to take advantage of many online opportunities, such as creating your own schedule.
  • This year we will be giving to a local food bank. Please bring non-perishable items.  The competition between the three regions, east, central, and west, to see who will donate the most.
  • Still needing a hotel?  You can visit the NCMATYC website for those details.
  • The two day NCMATYC conference is filled with speakers.  Thanks to all of those who have taken the time to present.  The keynote presentations are Paul Nolting, the luncheon speaker, Jennifer Brown, the President’s speaker, and Dave Sobeki, the closing speaker.  More information about all of the presentations can be found in the online or printed program.
  • Please plan to attend the business meeting at 8:30 in the Goess Center.  A full breakfast will not be provided but there will be lite breakfast snacks and beverages.  The agenda includes door prizes, report updates, award presentations, and announcements from the NCMATYC Board.
  • The NCMATYC conference would not be possible without the generous support from the following sponsors: WebAssign, Thinkwell, Hawkes Learning, WH Freeman, McGraw Hill, Pearson, Academic Success, Cengage, and Casio America.  Please take a moment to thank them.

Leave a comment if you have any questions.

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Preview of the 2015 Presentations

Just 10 ten days left till the deadline to send presentations for the conference.  Remember that people can send in a 15, 50, or 90 minute presentation.  Are you wondering what other people have submitted?  Here is a list of their titles. We look forward to seeing what you can add to this list.

Title of Presentations submitted for the 2015 NCMATYC Conference
Incorporating iPads With MathStudio In Your Math Class
Implementing QL at SCC: The good, the bad and the pretty.
Do Inquiry-Based Methods Work with Developmental Math?
Picture This… An So Much More
Discussion Forums for Online and Hybrid Courses
Mastery Learning: Success in Subsequent Courses
The Mathematics of Electric Cars.
Reality Math
Too Much Tech?
Get your students’ heads into the cloud.
Chair Yoga
How to improve fraction fluency in a dynamic symbol lab
Jigsaw Collaboration
Transforming Parent Functions using Modify and Dynamic Menu
Previewing Calculus in College Algebra and Pre-Calculus
Better Math through Better Modeling
Exploring A Released AP Calculus Test Question
A Simple Game with student choices in Confidence Intervals
Taking Tests to the Limit
AMATYC’s Project ACCCESS: An opportunity for new instructors
A “Cool Problem” Approach to Composition of Functions
Ready-to-use Projects and Topics for Quantitative Literacy


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Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations

The following post has been written by Hollylynne S. Lee, who can be contacted at

Here at the Friday Institute at NC State, I have been very busy working with a team in designing a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-ED) that is focused on “Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations”. The course is designed to develop the pedagogy and content understanding for teachers (preservice, practicing, college-level teaching assistants, and teacher educators) in middle school, high school, and AP/ intro college levels. There will be many choices and options in the course for teachers to focus their learning around content that they teach.

The course will launch March 9th and run for 8 weeks. Registration is FREE and there is an opportunity for practicing teachers to earn CEUs if they complete all activities in the course and do a project. It may be a great opportunity for teachers to work in teams to complete the course together.

Preservice teachers could complete activities in the course as part of assignments in an on-campus course or take it in addition to their on-campus courses to enhance their preparation to teach statistics.

If you teach a course or include units in your methods courses focused on teaching statistics, you may also want to engage with us in the MOOC-Ed to gain additional resources and ideas for your own courses.

In the course, participants will see many video-based examples of students and teachers engaging in statistics tasks, hear from a panel of experts on teaching statistics (Chris Franklin, Susan Friel, Webster West), learn about statistical habits of mind, be introduced to a framework for developing students’ statistical sophistication (adapted from GAISE), examine tasks, and engage with real data sets using new tools such as TuvaLabs and Codap with the option of using TinkerPlots or Fathom (which are accessible for free right now), or any other tool they are familiar with, such as StatCrunch.  Now doesn’t that all sound fun? Especially if you also have the option of engaging in discussions with teachers and teacher educators from all around the world?

You can see a more detailed description of the course here:

I would appreciate it if you could spread the word about this course to your preservice teachers and local teacher contacts. I have attached a flyer that can be distributed.

I am excited to offer this professional development for teachers and teacher educators on a wide scale and hope that it can be used to enhance the teacher education efforts in universities and local school districts!

If you have any questions let me know!

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NCMATYC Winter Break Checklist

1. Relax, relax, relax by reading the 2015 NCMATYC newsletter! Click here to read it. Be sure to make comments and feedback to the articles.
2. Reflect, reflect, reflect on what awesome things you did in the classroom. Then click here  to present it at the 2015 NCMATYC Conference.
3. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice by making your hotel reservation for the 2015 NCMATYC Conference. Click here for more information.

We appreciate all of your support in 2014. May it continue in 2015!

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