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December 21, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Maine students get instant feedback on math homework
    Instead of having to wait until the next day to find out if they completed their math homework correctly, middle-school students at about 40 schools in Maine receive immediate feedback via a new online computer program. The program -- ASSISTments -- tells students if they've reached the right answers and can provide hints to help students who struggle with a particular math problem. It also collects data, including percentages of correct responses and the amount of time it takes students to complete an assignment. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How will blended learning evolve?
    Blended learning is likely to further evolve in 2013, write Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker, both of the Innosight Institute. In this article, they offer 10 predictions for the process, including more station rotations in elementary schools, additional self-blending in high schools, more virtual schools to begin offering an in-person component and software programs that offer options for small groups, among other things. T.H.E. Journal (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Can a 15-minute daily routine change your students' view of math? In Making Number Talks Matter Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker help teachers in grades 4-10 build students' confidence in their reasoning as they talk through problems in arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, and more. Click here to preview the entire book!
  • Wis. math curriculum gets real-world makeover
    Students in Wisconsin schools are being challenged to learn math and reading through the lens of real-world applications as the state takes steps to align curriculum with the Common Core State Standards. Some math students are learning to calculate proportion by watching a video of a building demolition and then using multiple factors to determine the distance between the cameras and the building. The Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Take stock of resources to improve professional practice
    Professional-resource audits allow educators to examine the in-district resources they have access to, virtually or in person, writes Mike Fisher, an educational consultant and instructional coach. As educators begin the transition to Common Core State Standards, taking stock of such resources will help teachers "improve professional practice and engage students," Fisher writes in this blog post. He notes that teachers can develop a digital learning network after they conduct an audit of their resources. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Mass. middle school drops all-girls math class
    A middle school in Massachusetts has eliminated an all-girls math class after eighth-grade students enrolled in the course failed to perform any better than female students who learned math in co-ed classes. The course was launched in 2009 with the theory that the all-girls course would allow female students to focus more and feel less intimidated. Principal Matthew Francis said the school plans to replace the course with a method known as "looping," in which students have the same teacher for two years. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Register for NCTM's new common core institute
    Online registration is now open for Cutting to the "Common Core" in Mathematics -- a new interactive institute for grade 6-8 educators. Join us in Orlando, Feb. 27 to 28, to learn strategies that will help you align your instruction with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and to increase your knowledge of mathematics content related to the common core domains for the middle grades. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Professors, let your students try us out
    NCTM membership provides one-of-a-kind exclusive resources and mathematics education expertise, the support of a network of nearly 80,000 people, and ongoing efforts to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Let your students try us out by taking advantage of our free Prospective Teacher Sampler, which includes resources and full access to the online version of "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics." Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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