October 18, 2012
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NCTM Special Report, Part II: Math Education 2012
Today, we continue with Part II of this two-part special report about math education.

In Part II, NCTM SmartBrief takes a look at innovative ways schools are teaching students about math, including with Legos and talent shows. We also examine how math skills connect to future financial well-being.

In case you missed Part I of this special report, NCTM looked at some of the steps school districts are taking to raise awareness among parents about the Common Core State Standards and how the new standards are changing professional development and classroom lessons.  

Again, we offer a handy list of valuable resources from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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  • 5 tips for building students' confidence in math
    Middle-school math teacher Jose Vilson offers five tips to create a positive environment in which students can connect with math lessons. For instance, he suggests having students explain math concepts to their classmates and allowing students to make mistakes as they work through problems. "Having a positive environment for kids where they feel like they can actually do math without feeling like they're complete failures matters a lot," Vilson writes. Edutopia.org/Jose Vilson's blog (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Legos can help build interest in math, engineering
    Legos can be the building blocks of a science, technology, engineering and math education that fuels a career in engineering, Cathy Webb, a technology teacher and student learning-plan adviser at Edmonds Heights K-12 school in Edmonds, Wash., says in this interview. "Teaching them to creatively problem-solve, to break outside of the box of Lego bricks and look for the objects around them and build that into something that can solve some of the huge issues that we face. That would be my greatest wish, building young engineers," she adds. Forbes (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mathnasium event gets students into competitive spirit
    About 3,000 students nationwide participated in this year's Mathnasium TriMathlon competition, a national event sponsored by the math tutoring and enrichment program. Students participating in the competition solved math puzzles and tested their skills and knowledge in events such as The Counting Game, Magic Squares Challenge and Mental Math Workout. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. math, science program goes national
    The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning is expanding the reach of its programs to help math and science educators across the country improve their teaching skills. The center, which received a matching $500,000 grant from the National Education Association for the project, uses the Progressive Mathematics Initiative and Progressive Science Initiative to establish grade-to-grade sequences for teaching math and science concepts. The Paramus Post (N.J.) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study shows link between math skills and financial success
    A study by the RAND Corporation found people with strong math skills, or numeracy, and delayed recall are more likely to be wealthy than those with math skills that aren't as strong and who have a less-developed sense of delayed recall. Jason Hull in this blog post writes that the value of doing math puzzles and math games -- as well as taking steps to improve memory -- could lead to a better financial outcome down the road. U.S. News & World Report/Smarter Investor blog (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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