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Mathematics Newsletter Inside this edition Top Ten TMTA Mathletes MTMT Winter Conference October 2010

Book Study Suggestion


Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association Announces the 2010 Top Mathletes at Annual TMTA Conference Highlights: Mathletes


What’s New Page 2 Swap Days

At the Annual TMTA Conference, the 2010 Math contest winners were announced. MNPS had the following students to place in the top ten in the state: Rank




Algebra I

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Sophia Ellingham


Debra Smotherman

Geometry 9th

Shu Zhang


Alton Knight

Algebra II 8th

Austin Paul


Kristen Shaffer


Aditya Gudibanda


Kristen Shaffer

Pre-Calculus 3



David Fan


Kristen Shaffer

Jiahe Gu


Elizabeth Petty

Calculus and Advanced Topics 9th

Ian Boothby


Karen Boles

Congratulations to these TOP TEN MATHLETES. For more information about the TMTA math contest visit:

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Sharing the Knowledge Ray Fox (Overton High) and Teresa Agee (McGavock High) presented at the TMTA Annual Conference at UT-Martin. Thanks for their participation in our state’s math conference.


Assistant Principals discovering the formula for circumference of a circle.

The MTMT (Middle Tennessee Math Teachers) Conference, “The Shape of Things to Come” will be held February 4-5, 2011 at Ravenwood High School.

What’s new at There have been several new items added to the math wikispace. On the 4th grade page, a common vocabulary list with definitions has been added. For grades 5-8, a Live Binder with questions from the TN Item Sampler and Practice Test for each SPI is now included. Teachers can download the PowerPoint’s for each standard to use in their classes as reviews of the SPIs. On the Algebra II page, there are links to the TN EOC Item Sampler and Practice Test. Also, there is an additional Algebra II assessment available for teacher use. Resources are added to the math wikispace each month. Visit the site and visit it often.

Have your read a good book lately? Are you looking for a good book for a book study or just for your own professional library? Consider How the Brain Learns Mathematics by David Sousa.

There is also a facilitator guide to use for a book study. It examines the implications of current research for planning mathematics lessons, how the brain develops an understanding of number relationships, and methods to help teachers detect mathematical difficulties.

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MNPS Mathematics Department Ernestine Saville-Brock Coordinator K-12 2601 Bransford Ave Nashville TN 37204 615.259.8650 Email:

The importance of mathematical literacy and the need to understand and be able to use mathematics in everyday life and in the workplace have never been greater and will continue to increase. (National Commission on Mathematics and Science for the 21st Century)

Balanced Math K-8 Workshop for Swap Days We will offer Balanced Math Workshop K-8 during the MNPS Swap Days. This workshop is available for sign-up on ERO. Sign up for one of the following dates: Saturday: October 9, Monday: October 18, or Tuesday: October 19 If you attend, please bring instructional resources for your grade level.

Dr. Stephanie Kolitsch and the STEM Center at UT-Martin have created a College Algebra tutorial site. However, there are a lot of tutorials and videos here that Algebra I and Algebra II teachers can use. “There can be no improvement in learning without the teacher!”

Curriculum Guides Visit us at:

Algebra Videos

-Richard Strong

Author of Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement.

It also includes help using the TI-83/TI-84 calculators. For an additional tutorial for the TI-83/84, visit Algebra Using the TI-83 plus / TI-84 plus Online Course at tes/US/nonProductMulti/pd_onlinealgebra _free.html?bid=3

“There can be no improvement in learning without the teacher!” Richard Strong

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