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December 28, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Motivation, study habits play big role in developing math skills
    Motivated students who tried to link mathematical concepts together when studying developed math skills faster than their less-motivated peers or those who learned by rote, regardless of IQ scores, according to a study published in the journal Child Development. IQ scores can predict children's mathematical ability but not their growth in math achievement, the lead researcher said. Time.com/Healthland blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Donated tablet computers help engage students in lessons
    The Verizon Foundation and Samsung recently donated 60 tablet computers to a school in Detroit, along with funding to train math, science and technology teachers and students how to use the devices for classroom activities. So far, officials say the tablets appear to be a hit. One group of seventh-grade students used the devices recently to access Droid Skyview, using GPS coordinates to plot a portion of the solar system. The Detroit News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Curriculum 
  Standards 
  • Common core begins to take shape in early grades
    Implementation of the Common Core State Standards brings more rigorous instruction and a greater focus on college- and career-readiness, educators in Ohio say. Work already is under way in districts to align instruction in kindergarten through second grade with the common core -- a process officials say has required additional professional development for teachers. "We are really rebuilding our curriculum from the ground up," said Brian Davis, curriculum director in Washington Local School District in Toledo, Ohio. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Mo. plan includes common evaluations for student teachers
    Missouri officials are working to set a new standard for the state's teaching colleges, while simultaneous work is under way to raise the bar for teachers. A Missouri Board of Education plan approved last month will raise the grade-point average requirement for student teachers, require more standardized evaluations for student teachers and other steps. There are 39 teacher-preparation programs statewide -- each with their own method for evaluating student teachers. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Join the Mathematics Education Trust celebration in Denver
      
    On Friday, April 19, 2013, MET will be hosting a celebration, sponsored by Forrest T. Jones & Company, to honor its Lifetime Achievement and other MET awardees. Celebration attendees will enjoy light refreshments, conversation, live music and a silent auction. All proceeds will support MET programs. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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