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Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had: Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms

by Tracy Johnston Zager


The Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) is excited to invite teachers, administrators, school psychologists, counselors, parents and any other stakeholders involved in the education of our young people to participate in a FREE virtual book discussion group. Please spread the word and share this amazing opportunity to hear the perspectives of many people pertaining to the work of Tracy Johnston Zager in her AMAZING book! If you have any vested interest in the mathematics education of today’s youth, this book discussion is for you!


The online discussions will start on November 1st and will finish May 15th. The schedule for our readings and discussion is below.


Nov 1st (Chapters 1+2)

Nov 15th (Chapter 3)

Dec 1st (Chapter 4)

Jan 1st (Chapter 5)

Jan 15th (Chapter 6)

Feb 1st (Chapter 7)

Feb 15th (Chapter 8)

March 1st (Chapter 9

March 15th (Chapter 10)

April 1st (Chapter 11)

April 15th (Chapter 12)

May 1st (Chapter 13)


Twice a month (once in December), prompts will be posted to start conversation with the group. We will connect through the Google Community (link provided below) to share our reflections, read other’s reflections, and respond to our discussion group.


Member Benefit:  OCTM members can purchase 1 Graduate Credit from Ashland or receive a certificate for 30 PDU’s. Interested in becoming an OCTM member? Visit In order to earn the credit or PDU you must have participated in each of the discussions and readings. Graduate credit information will be posted in the online community.


The purchase of the book ( will be your responsibility.


If you do not need or want the graduate credit, this is a no cost learning experience for ALL stakeholders involved in the mathematics education of our students.


Here is a link to join our Google Plus discussion community:

All you need to do is join the group, buy the book and get ready to extend your learning and discover many perspectives when it comes to teaching our young people mathematics.