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November 15, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Math teachers find variety of uses for blended learning
    Math teachers in a few California schools are using online programs to supplement instruction and meet all students' needs. One teacher uses Khan Academy videos to free up time for targeted instruction, while another uses ALEKS math on a weekly basis to deepen students' math understanding. A third teacher relies on online math support for remediation. blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Upgrade your walls and your instruction with this new set of 8 shapes posters by Christopher Danielson, author of Which One Doesn't Belong? These posters spark curiosity, creativity, and conversations, prevent misconceptions, and move beyond treating geometry as vocabulary to memorize. Teacher's guide included. Grades K-12. Get details here!
  • N.C. infuses math curriculum with real-world problem-solving
    Algebra students at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School in Kinston, N.C., are learning the subject in a whole new way this year with a curriculum that stresses real-world math. For example, students are learning high-level math skills while performing water-testing experiments and learning sports statistics. "It's not like you're just doing busy math work," seventh-grader Anne-Wesley Taylor said. "You're not just copying down problems. You're actually solving regular-day problems." WNCT-TV (Greenville, N.C.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
  • Student projects breathe life into common core
    Concrete and creative student work may be the catalyst needed to help teachers feel energized about the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, writes Erik Robelen. He highlights an online library of student-designed books and other projects that bring the standards to life and show their potential to reach across subject areas. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Encouraging students in STEM fields is identified as high priority
    With only 5% of U.S. college graduates having science, technology, engineering and math-related degrees and demand for such workers growing, schools, businesses and others must do more to feed the STEM pipeline, writes Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education initiatives for the Verizon Foundation. "Our focus should be two-fold: to help teachers to innovate the way students are learning science and math so that they gain confidence and achieve while also driving interest and passion for STEM. And this needs to happen well before students enter high school." The Huffington Post/The blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. Junior Achievement gets kids involved in STEM
    Students involved with the Central North Carolina Junior Achievement's "Full STEM Ahead! Skills for a Global Economy" program are learning plenty about the careers and business opportunities associated with science, technology, engineering and math. "The JA program is a wonderful opportunity to communicate and interact with school children of all ages," Cathy Ali-Stone, who volunteers in the program from Procter & Gamble, said. "The training tools are very well defined, with clear, concise instructions. It is so wonderful to see 'the light turn on' for kids during the educational activities." American City Business Journals (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Nev. schools use federal dollars to launch STEM programs
    The Clark County School District in Nevada is getting an infusion of $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education to support science, technology, engineering and math education. The funds will be split between six schools that plan to implement programs that include green architecture, robotics, STEM clubs and internships. Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Linking research and practice
    Join your fellow researchers at NCTM's 2013 Research Presession in Denver, April 15 to 17. Educators from around the world will examine and discuss current issues in mathematics education; interact and network with beginning scholars and veteran researchers in the field; and share current research to receive feedback and encounter alternative points of view. Sessions on Wednesday, April 17, will be open to anyone registered for the NCTM 2013 Annual Meeting. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Did you know NCTM offers families helpful information and resources?
    NCTM offers advice for parents of middle-school children with the Figure This! website. NCTM offers links to mathematics resources and activities on the Family Corner page of the NCTM website. You can also download a copy of the Resources for Families guide (PDF). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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