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1. How cognitive psychology could influence math instruction

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Recent research inspired by cognitive psychology suggests small changes in the way math principles are presented to children could change how students absorb numerical concepts, writes Kevin Hartnett of the Brainiac blog. Studies show that small adjustments, such as changing the placement of the blank in equations or varying sentence syntax, can help change how children think of math. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (07/26)


2. Students more likely to enjoy math if they are encouraged, study finds

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Encouragement, interest and clarity of instruction all contribute to students’ enjoyment of math, according to a new study by a Florida International University professor. Students can be dissuaded from studying math if parents or educators pin them to inflexible “non-math” identities, according to the author of the study. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (07/28)


3. Questions to support project-based learning

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Project-based learning advocate Suzie Boss in this blog post shares 10 project ideas she has collected from summer conferences and professional-development events. Each project focuses on a question that fosters a meaningful inquiry experience, such as, "How can we, as future city planners, reimagine empty lots as places of importance in our community?" Edutopia.org (07/27)


4. Fla. district school board drops state exams

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

A Florida district's school board has voted to do away with the Florida Standards Assessments and use two national tests instead -- the Iowa Test and the SAT. Now, officials are urging other district leaders to make a similar change. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (07/28)


5. Calif. students apply math principles to baseball

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

The Los Angeles Angels recently invited California students to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim to experience how concepts such as velocity, force and statistics come to life in baseball. The students were participants in the "Angels Science of Baseball" program, which offers classes about how math, science and the sport intersect. KABC-TV (Los Angeles) (07/24)


6. Is the SAT on its way out?

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

More than 125 universities in the U.S. no longer require the SAT for admissions -- a trend that some say could signal the beginning of the end for the exam. This article looks at the history of the exam and the beginning of the "test-optional" movement. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07/28)


7. N.C. schools teach lessons through gardening

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

Some schools in North Carolina are using gardening to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom, such as math and sustainability. Students who help care for the gardens also can sell and donate the harvested produce. JournalNow (Winston-Salem, N.C.) (07/27)


8. 5th-grade teachers showcase long-distance math collaboration

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Two fifth-grade math teachers from different states in this blog post share an example of their long-distance collaboration. In a Q&A exchange, the teachers explore the work of their schools' professional learning communities, and demonstrate how and why they implemented "Number Talks" in their classrooms. Teaching Channel (07/23)


9. Boeing donation helps launch STEM education programming

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

The Boeing Co. and June Boeing donated $30 million last week to the Museum of Flight in Seattle to launch new programs to connect students to science, technology, engineering and math opportunities. The Museum of Flight is home to an aviation high school and hopes to double its STEM outreach with Boeing's support. GeekWire (07/23)


10. Report looks at why some students are unprepared for college

Math Education SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

The Hechinger Report (07/28)




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