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December 6, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Neb. school districts are helping teachers teach math
    Amid a nationwide effort to improve students' math skills, two Nebraska school districts are training their teachers to teach the subject with more innovative approaches. Part of the "Focus on Math" program -- being used in the Bennington and Gretna school districts -- requires the teachers to develop greater math skills and a deeper understanding of math concepts. The new focus on math skills will help prepare students for the workforce, said Linda Gojak, president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (12/5) 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 for details!
  • Math taught through blended-learning model at 2 Calif. schools
    Blended-learning programs at two elementary schools in the Milpitas Unified School District in California are combining classroom and online instruction for the teaching of math and language arts. In the schools' learning labs and at home, students log on to programs such as ST Math, also known as JiJi Math. "But to a kid it seems like they have no homework because they don't see JiJi [M]ath as homework; they see it as fun work," said Weller Elementary School principal Damon James. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration)/Milpitas Post (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kentucky's test scores drop after adopting common core
    Terry Holliday, Kentucky's commissioner of education, expressed surprise to see proficiency scores for the state's students fall after adopting the Common Core State Standards for reading and math. In this interview, Holliday says teachers are enthusiastic about the process and improvement is expected. "Everybody who does this the first year of assessment of Common Core should see numbers very similar to what we saw. But I'm very confident that as each year moves forward, as the kids close the gap and the teachers close the gap, we'll see scores go back up," Holliday said. U.S. News & World Report (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Robotics event gives students real-world STEM experience
    The Robotics, Engineering and Technology Days event in Detroit aims to boost students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math. During the three-day event, more than 1,500 area middle- and high-school students participated in hands-on activities in programming and robotics, and learned about the latest technology used by today's soldiers. In its sixth year, the event was jointly run by the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Macomb Community College. The Detroit News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IBM encourages middle-school girls to study STEM
    Women professionals from IBM recently spent an afternoon with students at Mildred E. Strang Middle School in New York, meeting with girls to talk about career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. "This workshop is a great opportunity for girls to work closely with the women from IBM and to learn more about what is available to them in the field of technology," science teacher Megan Kalogris said. "It is such a positive experience for everyone involved and is also a lot of fun." (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Learning plans aim to boost achievement in Tenn. district
    About 27,000 students in Tennessee's Metropolitan Nashville school district soon will receive individual learning plans after recent test scores showed just one-third of the students performing on grade level in math, and fewer than half on grade level in reading. The district also will work to ensure educators and schools are using the best available teaching methods and practices to help students succeed after classroom observations showed that many teachers were not effectively engaging their classes. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCTM News 
  • Don't let the habits of teaching hinder our work
    There is a tale from the Middle Ages about a magic pebble, called the touchstone, that when rubbed against any metal, would turn the metal into gold. It was said that this pebble could be found on the shores of the Black Sea. It looked like any other pebble on the beach. The only difference between the touchstone and the other pebbles was that it was warm to the touch, and all the others felt cold. What does this story have to do with teaching mathematics? Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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