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December 10, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • N.J., foundation team up to attract math, science teachers
    The state of New Jersey will work with the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship Foundation to help address a shortage of math and science teachers in 12 communities, including Camden, Newark, Passaic and Orange. The plan calls for high-achieving math and science students in college to be recruited as teachers in these districts. In exchange for a $30,000 stipend, the teachers will have to commit to teaching there for at least three years. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teacher-created website provides extra math help for students
    Educator Danielle Buhrman created a website to offer extra assistance to students in preparation for Advanced Placement calculus class. The "Math With Buhrman" site includes "notes" Buhrman has created for each math chapter, along with videos and images she creates addressing concepts and material she thinks students might struggle with. Advantages of the site include its accessibility to students both in class and at home, as well as the use of terminology that is familiar to students, Buhrman says. The Grand Island Independent (Neb.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had shows teachers how to make math class more like the playful, creative, and captivating experience mathematicians describe. Author Tracy Zager tackles big ideas and instructional decisions, drawing on years of work with amazing teachers from across the country. Click here to preview the entire book!
  • Is algebra appropriate to teach in eighth grade?
    It may take time for efforts to push algebra into lower grades to yield results, author Jay Mathews writes. Mathews notes that similar questions about acceleration and achievement expectations were asked in 1991 when Maryland's Prince George's County experimented with making Algebra I required in ninth grade. It has taken two decades, but the passing grades in algebra classes in the district have risen from 56% in 1991 to 74% in 1997, with 52% of students passing the state algebra test. The Washington Post (12/9) 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.
  • Should computer science have a place in the common core?
    Two education outreach professionals at Google say there isn't enough focus on computer science in the Common Core State Standards or the Next Generation Science Standards. Google's Maggie Johnson, director of education and university relations, and Jordan Lloyd Bookey, head of K-12 education outreach, in this blog post urge parents, educators and the public to learn more about the common core and advocate for a higher profile for computer science in the new standards. "Advancing our students' understanding of the principles and practices of computing is critical to developing a globally competitive workforce for the 21st century," they write. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 strategies to improve STEM education
    Students need to explore to learn rather than memorize facts to pass a test if more of them are to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, educator Lisa Nielsen writes in this blog post. Nielsen offers five ideas for improving STEM instruction in school, including opportunities for students to learn from STEM professionals. "Memorizing algorithms or the periodic chart does not help most learners acquire the foundation necessary for success in STEM-related fields," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Utah seeks to enhance high-school rigor
    Officials in Utah are seeking to make high school more rigorous, in part by altering graduation requirements. Among proposals being considered is giving students more flexibility in how they earn credits, for example by allowing them to skip courses such as physical education if they can pass a competency test in the subject. Other proposals call for altering grading and moving computer literacy courses to middle school. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • NCTM's four weeks of gift giving
    Be sure to visit NCTM's website at the beginning of each week in December to learn about a new NCTM gift offer. Each online promotion is valid for one week and available to members only. You'll find a fantastic online deal every week for the rest of the month. It's our way of saying thank you for being a member during the past year. Not a member and wish to participate in these special offers? Join now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Engage children in literature to pique their interest
    The importance of a literacy-based approach to content learning, especially within the elementary-school grades, is not a new idea. During the past quarter-century, the use of children's literature as an effective teaching tool has gained popularity across all content areas. This is the topic of the latest free preview article from NCTM's elementary-school journal. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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