electronic points of departure for mathematics teachers......

TEXAS-specific:

Mathematics TEKS Toolkit

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Mathematics

Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching

Preparation for TEXES EXCET (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards – Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas)

UT Charles A. Dana Center

Some Organizations & Resources for Education/Math Education

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
NCTM Standards 2000 and related demonstrations (ILLUMINATIONS),
previous NCTM standards:  curriculum & evaluation (1989), professional (1991), assessment (1995),
developing educational standards, standards in education,
standards (and syllabus) I developed for a secondary math methods course

math history search, more history, women mathematicians,
Geometry Center, COMAP, UCSMP, Core-Plus,
Math Forum (Swarthmore), Internet Mathematics Library, math search, math index,
CHANCE Database (stats in the media, etc.),
Dave's Math Tables,
resources for preparing teachers,
first-year teachers tips!,
pedagogy resources, Math Teacher's Guide,
Family Math, Figure This! (challenge problems for middle-schoolers), Do Math,
math competitions for Georgia students,
video clips on various topics!, Hatfield et.al. elementary/middle school methods website,
early childhood mathematics education links,
archived shows of the pioneering weekly talkradio show Math Medley,

Creative Publications,
Pearson,
ETA Cuisenaire,
Delta Education,
Key Curriculum Press,
Scott Foresman - Addison Wesley,
Ellison Letter Machine company,
Geometer's Sketchpad,
Texas Instruments,
Teachers Teaching with Technology,
ETA manipulatives,
Blue Marble Children's Bookstore,
Mathematical Association of America,
New Mathwright Library of computer explorations,

probability and statistics resources, quantitative literacy K-12, M&M distributions,
writing tips, speaking tips, using songs in math class,
education search engine,

webmath, A+ plus math, kids math page,
search for Lesson Plans, more lesson plans,
some teaching resources:  #1, #2, #3, #4, #5,
college mathematics modules,
ask Dr. Math,

Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Teaching Children Mathematics,
search the ERIC database for math ed articles,
Math Search, Yahoo mathematics links,
searchable Eisenhower site,
searchable Annenberg/CPB reform site,
federal math resources,

For my Georgia friends: AASU College of Education,
Savannah/Chatham County Public Schools,
Georgia Dept. of Education and Public School Recruitment,
report card on Georgia schools,
Georgia Professional Standards Commission,
Georgia Association of Educators, Georgia's QCC (Quality Core Curriculum) for Mathematics,
Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
Georgia School Superintendents Association,
Profesional Association of Georgia Educators,


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS),

US Dept. of Education,
join NCTM's free Legislative and Policy Update listserv by
sending email address, name, grade teaching, teaching specialty, and state to legnet@nctm.org,
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education,
Third International Mathematics and Science Study(TIMSS),
Foundation for Advancement in Science and Education,
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,
National Association of Secondary School Principals,
National Science Foundation,
School Science and Mathematics Association,
American Association for the Advancement of Science,
Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting database,
National Association of State Boards of Education,
Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators,
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics,
American Federation of Teachers,
American School Directory,
National Education Association,
National Middle School Association,
National Association of Elementary School Principals,
grant opportunities:  #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8,

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some quotes about teaching that inspire me....
“I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand.”  -- Chinese Proverb (Confucius?)

"Those who can, do. Those who understand, teach."  -- Lee Shulman

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."  -- Mark Twain

“The mediocre teacher tells.  The good teacher explains.  The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires.”
-- William Arthur Ward

“If I had a child who wanted to be a teacher, I would bid him Godspeed as if he were going to a war.  For indeed the war against prejudice, greed and ignorance is eternal, and those who dedicate themselves to it give their lives no less because they may live to see some fraction of the battle won.”
-- James Hilton

“Educators have always known that learning and life are maximal where play and work coincide.”    -- L.W. Gibbs

"The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do." -- John Stuart Mill

"He is educated who knows how to find out what he doesn't know." -- German philosopher George Simmel

"You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by by yourself, sitting alone in a room."  -- Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

"Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon." -- E. M. Forster

"The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things." -- G. K. Chesterton

"To teach is to learn twice." -- Joseph Joubert

"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." -- John Cotton Dana

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- William Butler Yeats

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -- Henry Brooks Adams

"Everyone who remembers his own educational experience remembers teachers, not methods or techniques.  The teacher... makes or breaks the program." -- Sidney Hook

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition." -- Jacques Barzun

"Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools.  The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task." -- Haim G. Ginott

"Most teachers have little control over school policy or curriculum or choice of texts or special placement of students, but most have a great deal of autonomy inside their classroom.  To a degree shared by only a few other occupations, such as police work, public education rests precariously on the skill and virtue of the people at the bottom of the institutional pyramid." -- Tracy Kidder

"What is training? Training is preparing oneself to be able to do what one can't count on having to do.  In a football game, training is the thing that keeps one's muscle from giving when the unexpected strain is applied, which means that little extra bit of wind when everyone's wind is gone.  Training of the mind is that which enables one to handle not the problem that we have been over -- most of us can do that -- but the problem we have never met before.  Training of the heart is that kind of conditioning that makes one steady when he is sick in fear, or bewildered by strangeness, or hurt and bruised in the mind." -- Frank Ashburn, as quoted by Steve Forbes

"Who is wise? [One] who learns from all [people]." -- Ben Zoma, Chapters of the Fathers

"Much have I learned from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but most from my students."  -- R. Hanina (Talmud: Taanit, 7a)

"Through an act of tzimtzum [contraction], the teacher allows the child to be actively engaged and to learn by doing (na'aseh v'nishma). Through that same act, the teacher acknowledges that children are now and will more fully become images of Gd (tzelem clohim), each in his/her own unique way (ein domeh l'haverio)."
-- R. Elana Kanter

"Before going in to teach, R. Nehunia ben Kana would say:  May it be Your will, my Gd, that no misunderstanding or confusion arise through my teachings.  May my colleagues and students value my learning; and may I value theirs." -- Talmud (Berakhot 28b)