Happy New Year

NMCTM Members, NM Teachers, et al,

First of all, happy new year to all the teachers out there, especially our NM Math teachers who struggle to balance curriculum with high stakes testing, evaluations, and an ever changing digital pedagogical environment.  Thanks for the work all of you do.   I know in my own district and at my own sites, that it is my family of teachers that empowers me to finish the year off with strength and energy.  I’m sure you will also be resting on the shoulders of your peers and fellow teachers, collaborating and sharing stories of success, finding ways to increase achievement, and enjoying the students.  With each other, we can continue to succeed.

I am proud to start my tenure as President of the NMCTM this January.  I want to express my thanks to the entire membership and especially to the former President, Tori Gilpin, for her mentorship and guidance.  Most importantly, I would like to continue the great work we have been doing:

  • Soar to Greater Heights Conference
  • Website Renovation & Recruitment Redesign
    • Social Media Integration
    • Membership posting rights
    • Wiki space for sharing lessons
    • Listserv integration
    • Blog integration

I would also like to call out on fellow math educators across the state, both current and retired, whether from a math background specifically, or from another STEM position, to reach out to the NMCTM and tell us how we can best serve you.  The teaching environment is ever changing, and I call on all of you for help in developing a comprehensive Mathematics Vision for NM Students to help all of our students in NM learn mathematics in the most effective way possible.  I will advocate for you as teachers and for the students as our shared body of learners, but I ask in return that you join in on the discussion with us, apply for membership, apply for leadership roles within the organization, contribute to the math dialogue by posting to our blog and listserv.  Share the stories from your community with others across the state, borrow and contribute lesson plans to the upcoming wiki, post events, competitions, workshops, etc., etc.  And although your contribution fulfills NM Teach 4B, remember our task is even larger than that.  Our task is student learning.

Onward!

Jonathan Haack
President, NMCTM

Remember, as members you have user privileges that allow you to post exciting news about mathematics opportunities within the state directly to the blog.  Or you can also sign up for our public listserv, and send and share opportunities to nm-math@googlegroups.com.  Contact webmaster@nmctm.org if you have any trouble or have questions.