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January 3, 2013
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When you walk into a successful math classroom, what should you see, hear, and feel? Math Sense helps teachers self-assess, distills the key components of a good lesson, and offers ideas for improving classroom spaces, discourse, and engagement. Preview the entire book!
  Focus on Practice 
  • Ideas for implementing true project-based learning
    While some teachers have the goal of implementing project-based learning in the classroom, they may actually be practicing what is known as project-oriented learning, says eighth-grade teacher Azul Terronez. In this blog post, he offers some examples of how he has used projects to improve students' education, including those in which students create an iPod application, host a cooking competition and learn to read nutritional labels. blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ariz. educator uses movement, songs to teach math
    Students sing, dance and perform skits to learn math concepts in Alicia Behrens' fifth-grade class at Desert Willow Elementary School in Casa Grande, Ariz. During a recent class, students learned the order of operations to the tune of "We Will Rock You," and took on different personas, such as Albert Einstein, to demonstrate how to solve problems on the board. "When they can tie movement and actions or song to math operations, it not only motivates them to learn, but it helps them learn those standards in a more concrete way," principal Jennifer Murrieta said. Casa Grande Valley Newspapers (Ariz.)/Casa Grande Dispatch (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What role can STEM play in early education?
    Teaching elementary-school students how science and engineering concepts relate to real-world applications is just as important as building those students' reading and basic math skills, writes education consultant Doug Haller. In this blog post, Haller lists ways educators can incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into their elementary-school classrooms. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Schools Today 
  • Panel proposes new focus on teacher quality in N.Y.
    An education reform commission in New York is recommending the state adopt a longer school day and year as well as new exams for teachers and enhanced teacher recruitment. The recommendations were included in an interim report delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The group's final report is due in September, and it is unclear when action will be taken on the proposals. However, Cuomo did say that some political and financial obstacles have blocked similar proposals in the past. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More schools see need for high-speed broadband Internet
    Schools and cities nationwide are seeking to upgrade to ultrafast broadband Internet connections that offer gigabit-a-second speeds. The demand in schools for high-speed broadband reportedly is being driven in part by the growing popularity of bring-your-own-device programs, which have significantly increased schools' bandwidth needs. The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Is education policy headed in the wrong direction?
    In this blog post, teacher trainer and author Shelly Sanchez Terrell writes about the negative effects of education policy, which seeks to control the learning process. Instead, she writes, policymakers should place more trust in teachers and in students. She suggests teachers start small, perhaps by giving students one period per week in which they direct learning -- allowing teachers to act as facilitators or guides. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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