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November 5, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

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  • Students get real-world lessons during outdoor math symposium
    An important piece of getting more students interested in math, as well as science, technology and engineering, is introducing the real-world applications of the subjects. That's what happened recently when students attending Point Park University's inaugural math symposium gathered to "do math," including learning to use old-fashioned surveying techniques and identifying geometric shapes in the city landscape. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Understanding the appeal of the "unconference"
    The popularity of Edcamps, a type of professional development for educators, originated from social media connections, writes Tom Whitby, an adjunct professor of education at St. Joseph's College in New York. The Edcamps, he writes in this blog post, are described as "unconferences" and do not follow a set format or schedule. Participants also can move on to a different session if they are not benefiting from the one they are in. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Can a 15-minute daily routine change your students' view of math? In Making Number Talks Matter Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker help teachers in grades 4-10 build students' confidence in their reasoning as they talk through problems in arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, and more. Read Chapter 1 online!
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  Curriculum 
 
  • New Dallas math curriculum gets approval despite controversy
    Dallas Independent School District will give Reasoning Mind -- a supplemental online math program -- a second chance to improve student outcomes despite recent criticism. A report released by the district, which has since been removed from the district's website, contended the program did not deliver on its promise to raise student scores by specific percentage points. District officials call the report "flawed," and say they will use the program again next year. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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  Standards 
  • Ky. student scores drop in first common-core evaluation
    The first year under the Common Core State Standards has resulted in test scores showing that numbers of Kentucky elementary- and middle-school students performing at grade level in math and English-language arts dropped by about one-third, results that were expected by educators. Kentucky was the first state operating with the common core's more rigorous curricula. "We knew the scores were going to drop, but this is the right thing for our kids, our schools," said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who also said he was encouraged by the students' overall performance because it was a little better than what was forecast. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fla. district makes shift to computer-based testing
    To meet a new state requirement for computer-based testing, Palm Beach County, Fla., school officials say they will need to spend about $12 million to ensure their schools have 25,000 computers by 2015. Officials say they are in talks with Dell, Intel and Microsoft to donate an additional $7 million worth of computers, and officials also are hoping the federal government will provide some support through the Title I program. The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The math of Hurricane Sandy
      
    Schools were closed up and down the East Coast last week, and countless cities and towns are in the beginning stages of recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. For math teachers in other parts of the country looking to give students a perspective on the events, NCTM has a few resources to offer. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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