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December 11, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Is personalized learning the future of math education?
    Some New York City schools are using a self-paced math program to tailor instruction for students' unique abilities and areas of need. Officials say the School of One program -- also used by Washington, D.C., and Chicago schools under a different name -- can be especially helpful in large school districts, where one-on-one attention may be limited. The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
 
  • Colo. school district seeks to adopt new math curriculum
    The Boulder Valley School District soon will review committee recommendations for new elementary- and middle-school math curricula. The three finalists are Everyday Math, Math in Focus and Math Expressions. Regardless of the chosen program, educators say it will make things easier for teachers and students alike, as the existing math curricula vary from school to school, and there is no established link between the current math program and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Standards 
 
  • Why teacher collaboration is key to common core
    Teachers need more time to collaborate to implement Common Core State Standards in their classroom, Vicki Phillips, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Robert L. Hughes, president of New Visions for Public Schools, write in this commentary. They describe how two projects use educator teams to develop instructional materials. "Some say working with the collaboratives has been the best professional-development experience of their careers. Teachers tell us that they are covering fewer topics more deeply, and that their students gain a greater understanding of the content," they write. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  STEM 
  • When English meets science lessons
    Lessons in English and science can go hand in hand through the genre of "lab lit," offer the writers of this blog post. In one suggested exercise, students would discuss recent science topics and determine how they might be used as the basis for a novel or movie. In another exercise, students examine the novel "Frankenstein," which is cited in an accompanying article as probably one of the earliest examples of "lab lit," and the authors also suggest studying scientists' blogs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Learning Network blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Cost of digital mandates is a concern in Fla. district
    Officials in a Florida school district say they are concerned about the cost of complying with state mandates regarding digital learning. In the district -- which enrolls primarily low-income students -- officials say it will be a challenge to ensure that students have access to technology at home. Officials are considering partnering with local libraries as one solution. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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