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November 9, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Website provides math, science lessons in Spanish
    Latin American students underperform in math and science, largely because they don't have access to the resources that can help them master these subjects, says Hernan Jaramillo, founder and CEO of Tareasplus.com. The San Francisco-based company has developed an online library of instructional videos and lessons on topics, such as algebra, geometry and trigonometry for Spanish-speaking families and educators. VentureBeat (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How teachers can set up effective learning environments
    The establishment of effective learning environments are required for students to achieve success, write teacher Rebecca Friedman and Chavi Abramson, who studies education at Thomas Edison University. They offer reasons why teachers may arrange desks in a "U" shape -- independent learning -- or in clusters, so students can work more in groups. They also suggest classroom-management strategies to keep students on task and avoid classroom interruptions. Education Next (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
  • Are "old school" teaching methods still relevant?
    Author Annie Murphy Paul suggests in this blog post that "old school" learning methods such as memorizing math facts, cursive handwriting and argumentation should not be discarded as teachers adopt more progressive instructional methods. For example, she cites research that shows students made more errors on complex math problems when they could not automatically recall their math facts. The key is to use the older methods, such as memorization, as the foundation for higher-level thinking, she writes. Time.com/Ideas blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Common core, NCLB expected to dominate Duncan's second term
    If he serves as education secretary during President Barack Obama's second term, Arne Duncan is likely to tackle five main issues, according to the writers of this blog post. The issues include the implementation of plans agreed to under No Child Left Behind waivers, the anticipated end of Race to the Top funding, the challenge of reaching bipartisan agreement on a reauthorized No Child Left Behind law and the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  STEM 
  • Students get real-world tech experience without leaving school
    As classrooms, media centers and schools in general become more equipped with new technology, the need for skilled technology support is even greater. The program Generation YES (Generation of Youth and Educators Succeeding) is training an available and eager workforce: students. "In many of our schools, the students work one-on-one with a teacher who has a project that they're going to integrate in their class," explains Sylvia Martinez, president of GenYES. "Our curriculum teaches the student a number of things: the project process, project planning, mentoring ... speaking to an adult. This is not just about technology skills." T.H.E. Journal (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  NCTM News 
  • Two NCTM journals now on Twitter
      
    "Teaching Children Mathematics" and "Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School" now have separate Twitter accounts. You don't want to miss out on the lesson plan ideas, fun games to try and jokes to share with your students -- all, of course, tailored to the specific grade you teach. Follow TCM or MTMS today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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