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November 20, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Can homework help students on standardized tests?
    There is little connection between the amount of time students spend on homework and their grades, according to a recent study of 10th-grade students. However, the study by a faculty member of the Indiana University School of Education did find that completing homework could improve students' standardized test scores. "[I]f students are spending more time on homework, they're getting exposed to the types of questions and the procedures for answering questions that are not so different from standardized tests," assistant professor Adam Maltese said. The Huffington Post (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had shows teachers how to make math class more like the playful, creative, and captivating experience mathematicians describe. Author Tracy Zager tackles big ideas and instructional decisions, drawing on years of work with amazing teachers from across the country. Click here to preview the entire book!
  • Ill. school district to introduce algebra earlier
    More rigorous expectations associated with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics mean many school districts are changing their math curricula. Knoxville schools in Illinois are doing just that, laying out a plan that would have students follow up algebra I in eighth grade with geometry, algebra II, pre-calculus and finally calculus in their senior years. "We recognize that we're going to have students in eighth grade struggle with that concept," superintendent Steve Wilder said. "But we need to start having mainstream students working with those concepts." The Register-Mail (Galesburg, Ill.) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  • Calif. district contracts with consultant for common core transition
    Rather than tackle the challenge of shifting its curriculum to align with the Common Core State Standards alone, the Stockton Unified School District in California has decided to contract with the Colorado-based Leadership and Learning Center. The center will provide support with revising the district's math and language arts curriculum and help the district realize its goal of allowing teachers to lead the transition. The Record (Stockton, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. teachers get training in energy, the environment
    A recent professional development workshop attended by about 20 teachers in Ventura County, Calif., included lessons on energy and the environment. Educators say the workshop offered tips for engaging students in classroom lessons on topics, such as solar energy. "This would be fun to do in the classroom with what little light you would have first, and then go outside and do it again and show the difference with the amount of solar energy," said middle-school teacher Linda Thayer-Gaboury of an experiment in which sunlight was turned into electricity. Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free registration) (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Students, teachers in Mo. cite benefits of Wi-Fi access in class
    A program in which middle- and high-school students who bring their own Wi-Fi-enabled devices to school and given Internet access has been successful, according to educators at two schools in Missouri that implemented the pilot program. Now, the district plans to expand the program, but will not require students to bring their own devices. Students, so far, have used their devices to take notes in class and look up information online. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Participate in NCTM's 2012–13 member referral program
    With your help, NCTM's member referral program can help us grow to the next level, help more people, serve you better and be a stronger advocate for mathematics education. For every referral that you provide, your name will be entered into our drawing for a free trip to the 2014 NCTM Annual Meeting in New Orleans and other great prizes. Refer at least two new members and receive $5 in NCTM bucks, redeemable toward membership, books and conference registration. The program runs through June 30, 2013. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Seeking nominations for 2013 NCTM board of directors election
    Nominate a colleague or yourself for NCTM Board Director. In the 2013 election, a high school teacher candidate must be elected to ensure the balanced representation required by the bylaws at all levels. Submit your nominations online by March 1, 2013. A support package will be provided to the home schools or districts of classroom teachers serving on the NCTM Board of Directors. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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