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  • 09 Nov 2021 3:32 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    Each year RIMTA highlights the outstanding work and contributions made by Rhode Island teachers and students to mathematics education through its three RIMTA Recognition Awards categories:

    • an “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” who has demonstrated the effective characteristics of an outstanding practitioner who positively impacts mathematics education for all members of the school community,

    •  an “Outstanding Rookie of the Year” who has shown outstanding promise for positively impacting mathematics education within their first three years of teaching, and

    •  an “Outstanding Student of the Year” who has shown “true grit” through sustained success and academic progress in the mathematics classroom.

    Applications for these three award categories are now open and available through theRIMTA Website (rimta.net) under the “Awards and Grants” tab. 

    Completed applications are due on or before January 31, 2022. The “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” and “Outstanding Rookie of the Year” will be recognized at RIMTA’s spring conference on March 26, 2022. The “Outstanding Student of the Year” will be honored at their school in March at a date and time to be determined.

    Questions and completed applications should be directed to Sara Donaldson at awards@rimta.net.

    Thank you for helping to promote mathematics excellence in Rhode Island!

    Sara Donaldson on behalf of the RIMTA Board of Directors

  • 09 Dec 2020 9:34 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM),  the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), and TODOS: Mathematics for ALL have all called upon mathematics educators across the country to make social justice a key priority in our work in order to create systemic change that will promote “fair and equitable teaching practices, high expectations for all students, access to rich, rigorous, and relevant mathematics, and strong family/community relationships” (NCSM & TODOS, 2020). 

    Heeding this call to action, the RIMTA board is working to establish a Committee for Access and Equity and to more actively engage our members (and future members) in our work to promote positive and inclusive math learning opportunities. To this end, we are seeking educators throughout the state who would like to help drive this work as members of the Committee for Access and Equity or through other RIMTA work (e.g.; conference planning and Twitter chats) to help empower Rhode Island educators and to hold us all accountable for ensuring equitable access and outcomes for marginalized students within our classrooms. If you are interested in joining this work or if you would like to learn more about these effort please contact Sara Donaldson at saradonaldson@rimta.net.

  • 10 Jul 2020 5:00 PM | Stephen Levesque (Administrator)

    “You want us to see that there can be different approaches to solving a problem,” said one of my PrepareRI math scholars, his face showing up in a box on Zoom and a green band flashing indicating he has unmuted and is talking. “You really want to hear about our thinking,” typed another, in a chat window. A Seats at the Table task they were confronted with on this day.

    Source: WestEd

    Another day online for these incoming 9th grade Freshman students. A transition away from middle school and a new chapter in their lives while they are soon-to-be the class of 2024 high school graduates (in four years, that is). And, like the end of their last school year, device and camera on, meeting virtually through Zoom. Except, now it’s summer.. So, you may ask, “Why math over the summer?”

    Well, first of all, these scholars chose to do this. They could have opted-out and said, no, I really want to enjoy my summer, but these scholars--they want to be ready for what high school math is going to throw their way. And, some nice incentives are also thrown their way in the form of gift cards. Yes, you heard it here -- they EARN MONEY while taking this High School Math Readiness eight-week course over the summer.

    Source: PrepareRI

    PrepareRI, in collaboration with our Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), Carnegie Math Pathways by WestEd, RIDE’s Summer Readiness division, and our learning management system, Realizeit, that houses all of my scholars’ asynchronous work -- all of these groups contributing to a research-based, evidence-based opportunity for young scholars to learn math over the summer. 

    Source: Rhode Island Department of Education

    Here is what a typical day looks like for a student...

    As for their math instructor, I was involved in an intensive one-week professional learning opportunity to gain pedagogical, philosophical, and best approach strategies to enact their curriculum. Although with any great curriculum comes opportunities for students to conduct deliberate practice with math, WestEd’s philosophical approach is more about “productive persistence,” tenacity, and the use of good strategies. 

    During our online Zoom collaboration meetings, I encourage the use of sentence starters, such as, “I notice…, “ “I wonder…,” “I agree with ____, because,” and “I disagree with _____, because,” as a few examples. I really have to hold back and not interject my thoughts or opinions, but rather, facilitate online discourse and dialogue around mathematical thinking. That is, not so much what I’m thinking about with these mathematical tasks, but more so, what our math scholars are thinking. Making their thinking visible, is truly at the heart of this process.

    They unmute and contribute to the discussion, using the chat feature to articulate their typed-responses, building on other peers’ ideas -- “I agree with Manya, because…” I do not affirm correct or incorrect responses, I just continue to facilitate the conversation. Eventually, students are able to drive the discussion and help make their mathematical sense-making very transparent with justifications and rationale. Again, this process of making their thinking visible is at the heart of the process.

    I found Week 1’s curriculum to be strategic. There was one day with a focus on incorrect student responses and discussion around these. I framed these student work examples as some of my “favorite mistakes!” Then, the following day, we looked at three other student work examples (they all happened to be correct and viable solutions, all slightly different in their approach).

    Source: WestEd

    After our mathematical discussion around how many people can sit at 20 trapezoidal tables laid out in this fashion, I asked the question, “So, what was the method to my madness? Why did I present various incorrect and correct examples of student work?”

    “You want to give us the tools to persevere,” said one scholar. “It’s important to understand what other people are thinking so that we can help each other,” said another.

    As with keeping up with the philosophical stance of not necessarily confirming or judging any student response, I helped facilitate further conversation, where many other students expressed their thoughts. My heart was filled with joy to hear their responses, a small smile on my face was evident.

    This is going to be a great summer!

    Author: Timothy Marum (tmarum23@gmail.com) - www.techmarum.com

  • 09 May 2020 9:15 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    RIMTA is partnering with the Rhode Island Department of Education in assisting teachers in this era of Distance Learning.  RIDE/RIMTA have organized a Professional Learning Community as a forum for teachers to share ideas and resources.  The session scheduled for this Tuesday, May 12, will focus on blended learning with breakout sessions for elementary and secondary teachers.  Join this PLC every Tuesday at 3:30 to be a part of this extremely beneficial program.  To get on the mailing list for the PLC, fill out this Google Form.

     As of now, the ATMNE Fall Conference is scheduled to be held on December 4-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Danbury, CT.  The conference program committee is currently seeking dynamic professionals to present sessions and workshops across a wide variety of topics and grade bands. They need your expertise. If you are interested in presenting a session at the conference, submit your proposalhere by June 30. 

    This is my final post as RIMTA President.  Starting soon, RIMTA will be in the highly capable (and far more organized) hands of Meredith Astrologo.  If you know Meredith, you know that her tireless work ethic, attention to detail, and willingness to cooperate with others will make RIMTA members the real winners for the next two years!

    I want to publicly thank the entire RIMTA Board for their advice, support, and hard work throughout my tenure.  They are the stars that make RIMTA the active, vibrant organization that it is.  Hopefully, I did a good enough job staying out of their way!

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Steve Levesque

    Outgoing RIMTA President

  • 12 Apr 2020 7:31 PM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

    The Rhode Island Department of Education has compiled resources to help educators and parents navigate the current COVID-19 situation.  On this site https://www.ride.ri.gov/InsideRIDE/AdditionalInformation/Covid19.aspx , under the heading of "Resources for Distance Learning" there is a spread sheet with a Distance Learning Resource Guide by topic, subject and grade that will be updated regularly.

    Thanks to Chris Castillero from RIDE for sharing this update with us.

  • 31 Mar 2020 11:32 AM | Ray Morin (Administrator)

    The State Meet of the Rhode Island Mathematics League has been canceled. 

  • 27 Mar 2020 10:58 AM | Gina Kilday (Administrator)

         This is the new reality created by COVID-19, a pandemic that has impacted and will continue to impact our daily lives.  We are concerned as citizens. We are concerned as family members. And we are concerned as educators. Going forward, this will fundamentally affect how we conduct our daily lives; we need to be there for each other.

         We do not know when life will return to some sense of normalcy, but we know that until then, we are responsible for educating our students to the best of our ability.  How do we create a meaningful experience for our students while maintaining a semblance of order?  

         Fortunately, the education community is an incredibly supportive group.  We humbly suggest a few resources for you in this difficult time. There have definitely been a multitude of resources, and we don’t intend to add to the information overload.  Feel free to use some, all, or none of these resources. 

    From the Rhode Island Department of Education

    • RIDE has worked tirelessly to support educators as they implement distance learning.  https://www.ride.ri.gov/InsideRIDE/AdditionalInformation/Covid19.aspx

    • The Highlander Institute, in partnership with RIDE, is launching the Rhode Island Distance Learning Helpline. A free statewide helpline, staffed byFuseRI Fellows for 6 hrs M-F & 2 hrs Sat & Sun.Fellows are RI educators supporting other RI educators w/online coaching.

    From Tim “Tech” Marum

    From Dr. Sara Donaldson

    • The Leading Equity Center has a free online course that is good (takes a bit of time but focuses on equity).  Their resource blog is at https://www.leadingequitycenter.com/blog/covid-19.

    • Learn Zillion has opened up a lot of their videos for free access.  www.learnzillion.com

    • Go on Twitter and follow NCTM, NCSM, ExploreMTBoS. There are a lot of great resources and support being shared.

    From Susan Pagliaro

    From Dr. Drs. Danielle Dennis, Sarah Bularzik, and Dr. Kees deGroot, curated by Dr. Diane Kern and sent by Dr. Nicole Hersey


    • Ten Percent Happier: Coronavirus Sanity Guide


    • EDpuzzle is an easy to use video platform that allows you to take any video (preexisting or made by you) and personalize it to your lesson. You can crop the video, record your voice on top of it, and embed quizzes in the video to check for student understanding.  www.edpuzzle.com

    From others

    • diagnosticquestions.com is a site in which you can create assessments and assignments.  These questions are easy to score and diagnose misconceptions quickly...fantastic formative assessment!

    • Visit www.mrbartonmaths.com/btn for videos on Diagnostic Questions that give students the most difficulty.

    Being away from our colleagues and confined to our homes, we may feel more alone than ever.  But you are not alone now. You are not the only one nervous and unsure in these trying times.  Together, we can do this!  

  • 22 Mar 2020 11:15 AM | Ray Morin (Administrator)

    On March 4th, the fourth Math League contest was held.  A total of 708 students participated in at least one of the league's contests.  Final standings may found in the attached file.  

    As of this posting, the state playoffs mentioned have been indefinitely postponed and will NOT be held on April 8th as indicated in the file.

    League advisers will be updated via email.

    Meet 4 Results.pdf

  • 04 Feb 2020 6:36 PM | Ray Morin (Administrator)

    452 students participated in Meet 3 of the Rhode Island Math League, bringing the total number of students to participate thus far this year to 672.

    Results and standings can be found in the attached PDF file.

    RIML Results of Meet 3.pdf

  • 17 Jan 2020 10:26 AM | Ray Morin (Administrator)

    The annual Mathcounts competition will be held on Saturday, March 7th at CCRI's Warwick campus.

    Students representing over 20 middle schools are expected to participate.

    Once again, RIMTA has been asked to provide scorers for this competition. A minimum of 12 scorers are needed from 9:30am until 1:00pm.

    If you are available and willing to help, please register on the event page.

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