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January 25, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Educators use dance to instill love of math
    A math lesson that relies on dance to teach number patterns is helping raise student scores and increase student engagement in a Virginia school district, reporter Rebecca Jacobson writes in this blog post. Educators are using training they received as part of a local college's science, technology, engineering and math teacher-preparation program to shake things up in the classroom. It teaches fifth-graders how to break down dance steps, number and graph them, and use this data to predict the number of repetitions needed in a particular song. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gaming makes inroads in K-12 education
    Paper-based games have long been a classroom staple, but many teachers have shifted to high-tech gaming. Advocates say the interactive nature of gaming has benefits in K-12 education. However, as momentum has grown for gaming in the classroom, critics have suggested that gaming is a waste of time for students and some school districts continue to use firewalls to block gaming-based websites. T.H.E. Journal (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
  • W.Va. schools begin shift to integrated math curriculum
    Schools in West Virginia are taking steps to implement new math standards that launch next school year. While some schools tried out new programs this year, school officials in Upshur County decided to roll out a new math curriculum with next year's eighth-graders. Those students no longer will take separate classes for algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus but will enroll in Math I, II, III, and IV, which combine all math forms into each class. The Inter-Mountain (Elkins, W.Va.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Standards 
  • Shift to common core math means new textbooks for Conn. district
    School officials in Ridgefield Public Schools in Connecticut have proposed adopting a new math textbook and program that aligns with the Common Core State Standards. Officials recently gave board members an estimated price tag for the transition, noting that additional funds will be needed to hire and train staff members. DailyVoice.com (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Ohio schools win STEM recognition
    Nine schools in Ohio's Miami Valley have won a certification for their efforts to ramp up students' education in science, technology, engineering and math. To win the recognition, the eight high schools and one junior high school had to put in place curricula, testing and programs that met the requirements of national nonprofit program Project Lead The Way, which helps support STEM instruction. Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • N.M. develops plan to fill math, science teaching posts
    Citing a shortage of math and science teachers particularly in rural and low-income areas in New Mexico, state officials are proposing a plan that calls for $2 million to bring qualified teachers in those subjects to the schools that need them most. The plan includes student loan forgiveness, bonuses, and the expansion of Advanced Placement math and science course offerings. "Math and science are at the core of New Mexico's efforts to ensure that today's students can get a job in the market that will demand those skills when they graduate," Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Calling pre-Kā€“grade 5 educators
      
    Join us in New Orleans, July 11-13, for our new Interactive Institute -- "Connecting Number and Operations in the Classroom." You will understand the importance of the development of a sense of number with a particular focus on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and applications. Reinforce, expand and apply what you learn by participating in optional extended online professional development during the school year. Register early and save $40. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Ask your principal
    Ask your principal to purchase an NCTM K-8 school membership. A K-8 school membership includes a subscription to a journal and provides five free e-memberships for your school's math teachers (additional teachers are only $10). This is a great way to strengthen the school mathematics program with access to high-quality educational materials and professional-development opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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