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January 18, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Bank field trip offers insight into real-world math
    Sixth-graders from Plantation Key School in Florida recently got an opportunity to see how schoolwork applies to the workplace. Organized by Kids and the Power of Work, the students took a field trip to a local bank, where they practiced being customers, making withdraws and later using their "money" to purchase snacks and souvenirs. The branch manager also gave students a backstage tour of the drive-through and vaults. (Marathon, Fla.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is there more to math than simply finding the answer?
    It might be tempting for math educators to focus on completing chapter after chapter of their textbooks, but students benefit more if educators slow down and take time to help students understand how they reached an answer, middle-school math teacher Jose Vilson writes in this blog post. "Rather than just trying to sift through our 800-page textbooks by chapter or blaze through a curriculum map, let's focus on developing mathematicians."é Vilson's blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • D.C. middle schools pilot math program with entrepreneurial focus
    Future entrepreneurs cannot start a successful business without a strong foundation in math, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship founder Steve Mariotti writes in this blog post. He explains how some middle schools in Washington D.C., are using the Start Up Math program -- developed by NFTE -- to identify struggling learners and use project-based, real-world activities like using coupons or calculating the product production rate on an assembly line to teach math concepts. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Calif. educators see common core as benefiting struggling students
    Education officials in Orange County, Calif., say they believe the new Common Core State Standards could help close achievement gaps for struggling students. During a forum to discuss the new standards, education leaders highlighted potential benefits for these students, including a focus on fewer concepts and coordinated expectations across grade levels and schools. "With fewer common core standards, we maybe have a chance to close that gap (that starts as early as) kindergarten," said Sherry Kropp, superintendent of the Los Alamitos Unified School District. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. school districts revamp science, math curriculum for STEM focus
    About 200 teachers in five Colorado school districts are getting special training in science, technology, engineering and math this year as part of an effort to bolster STEM education. One result of the program will be a new sequence of science classes, starting with physics in the ninth grade at Northglenn High School. "We really hadn't thought about having physics first, but it makes sense in order to start making a richer curriculum," science teacher and instructional leader Lori Egan said. The Denver Post (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Fla. district alters teacher-evaluations policy
    A Florida school district has approved a plan to evaluate teachers based in part on results from year-end tests rather than a state standardized test that does not cover all subjects. Officials say the change is intended to make the state's evaluation system less complicated after questions were raised over the effectiveness and accuracy of value-added measures. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Are you a teacher at a K-8 school?
    If so, ask the principal to sign up your school for an NCTM K-8 school membership. Each school membership includes a subscription to a journal (TCM or MTMS), and up to five math teachers will receive the benefits of an e-member, as well as receive conference and publication discounts, online access and more! This is a great way to strengthen your school's mathematics program with access to high-quality, educational materials and professional development opportunities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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