• 05 Dec 2012 10:53 AM
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    Miki Murray
    Hello everyone,
    My name is Miki Murray. I am a long retired math teacher who can't stay away. I am currently attempting to write my third book with the assistance of Jenny Jorgensen in collaboration with Shawn Towle. The topic is middle school math misconceptions. I have been researching and writing for the better part of a year and feel I have only just begun. I work from home or where ever I need to go to get material. Right now the focus is on 5-8, where I spent the majority of my years in the classroom.

    Naturally I am deeply involved with interpreting the Common Core Standards as they relate directly with everything we have to say in the writing. My greatest hope for this book study is to better understand the standards and ground my writing with findings in the field. Hearing the responses of others will open my mind to new understanding and maybe get some classroom instances to add to my repertoire. I taught for 50 years and am continually amazed at how every day reveals new and better insights and strategies.

    At this point I am fearless - simply hope I don't say too much! I'm not a techie so I also hope I can keep up in that quarter.
  • 05 Dec 2012 11:22 AM
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    Deleted user
    I am presently teaching 9th grade algebra 1 and algebra 2 at Oceanside High School in Thomaston, Maine.  I am also teaching a college algebra class at CMCC. Several colleagues and I are planning to create a standards-based algebra class for next year and I hope the book study will be beneficial in that process. I have some concerns with the time factor and being able to keep up with all my commitments.
  • 05 Dec 2012 11:44 AM
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    I am an 8th grade math teacher with pre-algebra and algebra classes at Brunswick Junior High School. I am also the department head, so I need to spearhead our efforts toward realigning the curriculum to the Common Core topics. 

    I'm hoping to learn a lot more about the Common Core and related teaching practices through the book study group. I am very concerned about how we can cover all the required Common Core material and teaching practices in the time allotted for math each day at our school. I am interested in hearing how other schools are/will be doing this and sharing our ideas, concerns, and frustrations. It's really refreshing to hear what people in other schools are doing and this is a great opportunity to be able to share this discussion.

    My biggest worry for the course is that I will not have as much time as I would like to devote to the topic and related activities. 
  • 05 Dec 2012 11:46 AM
    Reply # 1152990 on 1150285

    I work in the Westbrook Schools as an advocate for the students showing gifts/talents in a STEM area for all grade levels K-12.  This year I am the teacher of record for our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math Students.  We use the EveryDay Math Program for Grade 6 while my 7th and 8th graders are doing Algebra 1 with an eye toward the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Secondary Math 1 (SM1) curriculum.  Our high school freshmen students are immersed in the CCSS SM1 curriculum and I have been on the periphery helping with generating assessments to be used that cover the concepts indicated on the CCSS SM1.


    My hope for the book study is to force me to focus on the CCSS and how it applies to my gifted students.  I worry that we are dumbing down our curriculum too much.  I want to be sure that gifted students do not get short-changed academically with the CCSS.


    My biggest fear is that I will get behind and not be a good support for others.  I will do my best to stay on top of things!

  • 05 Dec 2012 12:42 PM
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    Kimberly Smallidge
    I currently work with struggling math students, primarily in grades k-4, at the Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor. I am referred to at our school as either a Math Specialist or a Math Interventionist.  I have learned so many new things about how kids learn math in the last few years that being referred to as a Math Specialist makes me vastly uncomfortable! 

    I am hoping that having a statewide discussion will connect me with other math teachers from around the state who have a job similar to mine, and that we can provide new ideas and support to each other.  I know the discussion will keep me excited and eager to implement new teaching strategies to help my students.  I am also hoping I enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the author's book, Accessible Mathematics!

    Like many who have posted before me, I worry about the day to day workload hindering my ability to keep up with readings and postings, but I will give it my best shot...and according to the agenda, the assigned readings look very manageable. 
  • 05 Dec 2012 1:33 PM
    Reply # 1153074 on 1150285
    My name is Julia Levensaler and I'm Prinicpal of the Miller School in Waldoboro. We're a K-6 school in the Midcoast.

    I'm hoping to learn about best practice using the Common Core and being a math instructional leader. My fear is similar to that expressed by other people, finding time with all the many other responsibilities on my plate.

    With that said I'm looking forward to this opportunity to discuss new ideas with a wide variety of educators around the State. 
  • 05 Dec 2012 7:11 PM
    Reply # 1153306 on 1150285
    Suzanne Carbonneau
    Very Excited to have a new book! 50 shades of sensible math!
  • 05 Dec 2012 7:49 PM
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    I work in a variety of roles at Mt. Desert Elementary School. Among them, I am the math specialist, the GT specialist, and a classroom teacher of grade 4 math and algebra. As the math specialist, I target our youngest students who are not meeting the standard and also work with our k-8 teachers implementing and planning curriculum. At the district level, I lead our 6-8 math teacher team and at College of the Atlantic, I teach elementary math methods to preservice teachers. 
    I am most interested in how I can affect the improvement of math instruction in our schools in my current leadership roles. 
    So far no fears....
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  • 06 Dec 2012 6:13 PM
    Reply # 1154026 on 1150285
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hi everyone,

    I teach at Poland Regional High School where we have an integrated math curriculum that we've aligned to the CCSS-M. We're also focusing on the Math Practices and problem solving this year. I'm hoping to be able to learn from colleagues from around the state and also share those learning with my colleagues at school. I guess I'm pretty fearless right now.

    I'm very excited to be part of this awesome experience!
  • 10 Dec 2012 11:16 AM
    Reply # 1156303 on 1150285
    Deleted user
    Hello all!

    I returned this past summer from an amazing job at an international school in Africa. I'm now freelancing for an educational publishing company and will soon begin teaching courses for the New England Institute for Teacher Education. I've taught all grades from 6-12 as well as adult education.

    I'm really looking forward to this book study - I'm looking for ways to improve math education and to help usher it into the new era of better understanding, technology-based learning, and turning more kids on to mathematics. I'm also hoping to connect with other passionate math educators from around the state.

    See you all after the holidays,
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