Archive for February, 2014

STAAR Update: TEA will Assess New TEKS for 2014-2015

During a STAAR update at TASM (Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics) the Region  13 Math team learned that TEA will assess the new standards for grades 3-8 based on the Assessed Curriculum documents. Up until now we had been told that they will only assess the overlap between the current and new TEKS during […]

Saturday Workshop to learn Math Games for your classroom

Research tells us learning needs to be engaging and fun, but how do you make Math fun? Math Games is a half-day workshop that will provide teachers with tools and strategies for implementing meaningful skill building games for students in their classrooms. These games encourage engagement which creates a fun learning environment in your class. […]

Interested in Blogging? Check out this Chart.

Have you been thinking about starting a classroom blog? Or maybe you want to get your students to start blogging. If so check out this comparison chart that identifies all the features of various blogging services.

Technology Applications Instructional Materials Showcase this Friday

REMINDER! This Friday, February 21st, is your opportunity to visit with the publishers at the Technology Applications Instructional Materials Showcase! This event is come-and-go from 9 am – 4 pm and allows participants time to visit with representatives, review material, and have team discussions while considering adoption materials for the Technology Applications TEKS. You do […]

Join the Austin Area Teachers’ of Mathematics Thursday, February 27, 6:00-8:00 pm for dinner and problem-solving!

The Math Teachers’ Circle of Austin is a professional learning community that brings together middle school math teachers and professional mathematicians so that they may work together and learn from each other.   Our goal is to help middle school mathematics teachers confidently incorporate open-ended, authentic mathematical problem solving in their teaching.   We hold monthly problem solving session […]

Calculators for the STAAR Grade 8 Mathematics beginning 2014-2015

Beginning 2014-2015, 8th grade students will be able to utilize calculators on the STAAR assessment. See message from TEA below.   February 10, 2014 TO THE SUPERINTENDENT ADDRESSED: SUBJECT:  Calculators for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Grade 8 Mathematics The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be implementing the new Texas Essential Knowledge […]

Applications for the Region 13 Texas Regional Collaborative EXTENDED to Monday, Feb. 10 at 4pm

The deadline for the Region 13 TRC applications has been extended to Monday February 10th at 4pm. The application materials are available online at For further questions please call or email: Susan Hemphill Math Project Director TRC 512-919-5360 Jennifer Jordan-Kaszuba Science Project Director 512-919-5368

Do your students struggle with memorizing the basic math facts?

To Drill or Not to Drill workshop provides strategy instruction for teaching basic math facts. Research shows that instruction of strategies for basic facts increases students’ likelihood of mastery and retention. Many students develop their own strategies, however these strategies can be ineffective and inefficient. New Math TEKS being implemented in 2014-2015 school year states […]

TEA Identifies Readiness and Supporting Standards for New Math TEKS

TEA has identified which student expectations are Readiness Standards and which are Supporting Standards. To view these documents click here Please remember that the new standards will be implemented during the 2014-2015 school year and during this initial year, STAAR will only be assessing the “over lapping” standards.