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January 14, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • High-school math tutors make a difference with younger students
    Some middle-school students at Clark Preparatory Academy in Detroit are seeing their math test scores rise after receiving regular help from tutors from a nearby high school. High-school students in the program are trained and earn elective credit. They spend two hours a week working with middle-schoolers and are paid for their work. Detroit Free Press (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blogging allows students to reflect on math lessons
    Microblogging websites such as Twitter and Today's Meet are helping some teachers take classroom learning to the next level, writes ninth-grade math teacher Felecia Young. For example, Young writes that she uses these sites for warm-up exercises and team-based work. Most recently, she introduced her students to Kid Blogs, a blogging site where they create digital journals about their understanding of math concepts. Edudemic (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ohio school's curriculum includes academic assistance period
    To help students at Ohio's Marion Harding High School with math and other subjects, the class schedule has been adjusted to allow for 25 minutes of academic assistance at the end of each day. "It's really helped with the kids' confidence," said Paula Thomas, who teaches essentials of algebra and algebra I. Thomas added that she has seen a significant reduction in the number of students failing her class since the daily schedule was changed. The Marion Star (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. educators develop their own common core lesson plans
    The lack of Common Core State Standards textbooks hasn't stopped educators from getting ready. In Florida, teachers are working to create thousands of lesson plans available online at, the website of CPALMS, Florida's platform for educators to "Collaborate, Plan, Align, Learn, Motivate, Share." The site is funded by a Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Iowa students receive access to STEM education
    The Iowa STEM Advisory Council -- a partnership of various stakeholders from private businesses to schools -- has expanded science, technology, engineering and math education to approximately 40,000 students around the state as part of the Scale-Up initiative. The primary goal of the council is to boost the level of STEM participation, especially in traditionally underserved areas. The result is a boom of STEM-related activities, including robotics clubs and family STEM nights. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Schools in 5 states test longer school years
    Supporter of longer school years, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and year-round school models say most students tend to lose some of what they have learned during the school year over summer vacation. Now, schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee are adding 300 instructional hours to the school year as part of a three-year pilot program. However, critics say students need the mental reprieve of summer break and cite other benefits to the vacation. National Public Radio/The Associated Press (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Seed the discussion
    Engage your students in a lively activity in your classroom and allow yourself to be surprised by their thinking. The Solve It! task "Factor Groups" from the Dec./Jan. issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School provides the foundation for next year's Student Thinking article. Submit your most creative student responses to "Factor Groups" and see your name and your students' work in print. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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