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November 12, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Counting, not just reciting numbers, signals math success in school
    Preschoolers who can count to 20 may be ahead of the curve when they enter first grade, according to a University of Missouri study that found such students had the highest math scores. The study looked at data for 3,000 children. "Counting gives children stronger foundations when they start school," said researcher Louis Manfras, an assistant professor in the university's department of human development and family studies. "The skills children have when they start kindergarten affect their trajectories through early elementary school; therefore, it's important that children start with as many skills as possible." Education Week/Early Years blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"Wakes us up and challenges us to infuse new life, depth, and joy into the warm-up segment of our math block."
Lucy West. Number Sense Routines for grades 3-5 shows how routines like Today's Number, Quick Images, and Counting Around the Circle can help students learn to think in more sophisticated ways. Preview the entire book!
  • N.H. educators hopeful about more rigorous math curriculum
    New Hampshire educators at the K-12 and college levels are encouraged that the Common Core State Standards are ushering in a more demanding sequence of math classes. Steve Zadravec, assistant superintendent in Portsmouth, says his district is considering which classes students should take in grades 6-12, noting this "isn't just a high-school issue." Other educators are taking steps to emphasize real-world applications for math. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Will the common core improve STEM education?
    Educators say they expect the Common Core State Standards, through a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, to play a role in bringing U.S. students on par with other countries in STEM education. "Furthering STEM education is one of the most important priorities we should have as a nation," said high-school physics teacher Gary Reynolds, a former environmental researcher. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should STEM recruiting begin in elementary school?
    Boeing has long sought to inspire high-school and college students to consider engineering and technical jobs, but the aviation company recently opened its doors to fifth-graders from the Mukilteo School District in Washington state. "If we can plant that in them today -- to do their math, to do their science -- by the time they come out of high school they'll be so much more ahead in their opportunities to come here and work for Boeing," said Ross Wilson, who is leading an initiative to inspire younger students' interest in aerospace. KING-TV (Seattle) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research shows appeal of science, tech to students with autism
    A recent study found that a significantly higher percentage of students with autism pursue STEM-related careers compared with students in the general population. "In an era where a world-class science and engineering workforce is needed to remain competitive in a technologically advancing global economy, it becomes imperative to discover previously untapped sources of STEM talent. This study confirms that individuals with an ASD may indeed have the potential to become such a resource," researchers noted. Disability Scoop (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Maine school districts overhaul evaluations
    School districts in Maine are working to craft new evaluation systems for teachers, principals and administrators -- required under a newly passed state law. Under the law, for the first time, student achievement data will be factored into evaluations. A school board member in one district, currently considering its own policy to comply with state law, said the goal is to measure students' growth over time -- not rely on one set of test scores. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • NCTM 2012 election results
    The results of this year’s election are in. Learn more about the members elected to serve on the NCTM Board of Directors. All terms begin at the conclusion of the NCTM 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition in April. Congratulations! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Top 10 things I wish I had known when I started teaching
    Not every student will be interested every minute. No matter how much experience you have or how great you are at teaching, you will encounter times in the classroom when no student is interested! Find the solution to this classroom dilemma and read more about the other nine "things" in the series, Empowering the Beginning Teacher in Mathematics. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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