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March 19, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Should teachers group students by ability?
    Grouping students by ability has been controversial for years, but the trend is growing in education, according to research released Monday by the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on American Education. Researchers found that the percentage of fourth-grade teachers grouping students by reading ability grew from 28% to 71% from 1998 to 2009, and the percentage of fourth-grade math teachers using grouping grew from 40% to 61% from 1996 to 2011. Critics say the practice, in which students are grouped by ability within a specific class, is a civil rights issue because it creates lower expectations, while supporters say it helps children improve their skills. USA Today (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Curriculum 
  • Tonight's homework: Play Minecraft
    A growing number of teachers are using the computer game Minecraft -- a building game similar to Legos -- to help teach students lessons in history and math. Two social studies teachers in the District of Columbia use the game to help sixth-grade students develop a Roman city. Now, TeacherGaming is helping educators integrate Minecraft into their teaching -- solving technical problems and helping teachers get set up with the program. The Washington Post (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • How some math teachers are aligning resources with common core
    When it became obvious to math teachers in one Massachusetts high school that they weren't going to find new textbooks aligned with the Common Core State Standards for a reasonable price, they collaborated to develop an online textbook from their notes and homework assignments. Teachers working on the project meet once a week to create chapters and materials. The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  STEM 
  • How to work all STEM components into lessons
    Units that incorporate each component of STEM -- or science, technology, engineering and math -- and connect students to the larger world to achieve deeper learning are at the heart of project-based learning, Nevada-based STEM instructional coach Brian Crosby writes in this blog post. Crosby outlines steps for including each part of STEM, plus ideas that teachers can use to guide students to develop critical-thinking skills. Powerful Learning Practice/Voices blog (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Districts increasingly suspend zero-tolerance discipline policies
    A growing number of school districts nationwide are reconsidering their stance on school discipline -- in some cases choosing to eliminate suspensions or abandon them as punishment for some less-severe offenses. Momentum behind the school-discipline changes, adopted in Chicago, New York City and elsewhere, is driven by the belief that suspensions and expulsions lead to an increased likelihood of having school dropouts. Some educators say alternative discipline methods, including positive behavioral interventions and supports, are more effective. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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