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January 29, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

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  • Mass. educators to offer geometry at 9th grade
    Students at Milton High School in Massachusetts will start to see changes in math instruction next year. Instead of the traditional sequence of algebra, geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry, calculus or other upper-level math courses, students will get a mix of algebra and geometry and higher-level math during their first three years, as part of the Common Core State Standards. "The fact is that not everyone is terribly good at abstract thinking at age 14 and having the geometry there is what keeps them interested. But many of them never get to the geometry," said Milton School Committee Chairman Glenn Pavlicek. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flipped instruction turns the tables on students
    More schools nationwide are adopting the flipped instructional model -- a trend driven by success stories and a tech-savvy generation of students, according to data from the Flipped Learning Network. California high-school math teacher Crystal Kirch records short instructional videos, which students watch at home, while class time is devoted to practicing what they have learned at home. "It's a huge transformation," Kirch said. "It's a student-focused classroom where the responsibility for learning has flipped from me to the students." The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.)/The Associated Press (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Common core factors into math curriculum in Ill. district
    Educators in Downers Grove, Ill., are developing a series of math classes that this fall will apply to every student, regardless of the student's plans after graduation, because of the Common Core State Standards. "'Common' to us means that all students will be exposed to and held accountable for the same standards," said Jon Heldmann, math department chair at North High School. "Gone are the days of the college- and non-college-bound track or the career- and non-career track." Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Students put Fla. sun to work in STEM competition
    In its second year, the Solar Boat STEM Challenge in Lee County, Fla., had students racing solar-powered boats they built from simple materials such as plastic and Styrofoam. "The whole purpose is to give as many as these STEM education opportunities that are fun and engaging that they learn from, and grow personally in terms of wanting to pursue science and engineering at the higher level," said Dustin Chisum, public outreach director for the Renewable Energy Institute at Florida Gulf Coast University, which sent a team of students to the event to race a "proof of concept" solar kart. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Exercise your mind every day with NCTM social media
    "Three bags look identical, but their contents differ. One bag contains 2 pennies, the second contains 2 nickels, and the third contains 1 penny and 1 nickel. A bag is chosen at random, and one coin is removed. If the coin is a penny, what is the probability that the remaining coin in the bag is also a penny?" Check out this math problem on NCTM's Facebook page and see the discussion that it generated. And be sure to become a fan of NCTM on Facebook and join the conversation yourself!

  • New RtI workshop for grades 3 to 8 teachers
    Join us in Denver, April 17, for a new pre-conference workshop focused on response to intervention (RtI) -- "Multi-Tiered System of Supports: What Are Effective Interventions and Assessments." This workshop offers support in content, instruction, and assessment for grades 3 to 8 teachers with learners who struggle. Participants can register for this workshop separately from the NCTM 2013 Annual Meeting. Registration is limited to 140 attendees and on-site registration will not be available. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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