Reading this on a mobile device? Try our optimized mobile version here:

March 13, 2013
Sign upForwardArchiveAdvertise
Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Neuropsychologist: How to shape, create a math brain
    U.S. students in fourth and eighth grades perform well in math, compared with their international counterparts, according to recent studies. Yet, data show a sharp decline among U.S. students when they enter high school. A shift in emphasis from getting answers correct in early grades to directly applying math concepts in high school may contribute to the drop, Steven G. Feifer, professor and research scientist at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., told attendees during a recent conference. He suggested educators use varied strategies in math, including verbal and visual-spatial instruction to help deepen math learning. (Philadelphia) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Problem Solving to Support Common Core
Differentiated math tasks promote students’ conceptual understanding, problem solving and higher-order thinking skills. Rubrics and anchor papers pinpoint students’ problem-solving strengths and weaknesses and mathematical understanding. Aligned to CCSS, NCTM and state standards! View free samples.
  • Group proposes set of standards for financial literacy
    The Council for Economic Education has developed a set of standards for financial literacy, expected to be released next month. The standards, crafted in collaboration with educators, detail what the council says students should know by the end of fourth, eighth and 12th grades about income, buying goods and services, saving, credit, investing and protecting and insuring. "We have a specific plan to go state by state and get these implemented," council CEO Nan Morrison said. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are honors math classes what they seem?
    A discrepancy between an increase in the number of students taking honors math and low scores on national math tests administered in 12th grade prompted the U.S. Department of Education to take a closer look at the transcripts of 18,000 students. Students enrolled in advanced math classes may not be doing advanced work, the review showed. Agency officials say the study is limited in scope, noting the sample represents only 80% of students and reviewers did not directly observe material covered in individual classes. USA Today (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
FREE book: Math Facts Made Easy: Learn All Your Facts in HALF the Time!
Do you teach or know of students learning math facts? Then get and share this FREE best seller from W. Powell said this book helped her school's 4th graders get the highest standardized math test scores in the state! Go here now for this FREE BOOK: Math Facts Made Easy: Learn Your Facts in HALF the Time!
  • Study: Math, science teachers need support ahead of common core
    As states prepare to implement the Common Core State Standards in math and anticipate a new set of science standards, a recent survey of nearly 7,800 educators finds that math and science teachers will need additional support. A study by Horizon Research, and support from the National Science Foundation, found that less than a third of middle-school math teachers hold math or math-education degrees, while many teachers report feeling unprepared to create lessons that meet the needs of students at varied math and science achievement levels or for English-language learners. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Do you feel overwhelmed? Practicing Presence is the book you need to take care of yourself as a teacher. Veteran educator Lisa Lucas supports you with ideas, exercises, checklists, anecdotes, and simple practices you can use to establish a mindset that will enhance your focus and engagement in the classroom. Preview the entire book!
  • Is the 6-year high-school model a game-changer in STEM education?
    Some high schools in New York and Idaho are adopting a six-year model in which students earn both a diploma and an associate's degree -- a model one educator has dubbed "hollege." Rashid F. Davis, principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., writes about how six-year programs can help meet student and workforce needs. "At its core, the motivation to get high school students ready for college-level courses as soon as possible inspired me to try game-changing strategies," he writes. WNYC-AM/FM (New York Public Radio)/SchoolBook (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartBrief’s 5th Annual STEM Pathways Summit
Join us Thursday, Oct. 18 in New York City for the 5th annual STEM Pathways Summit, a FREE high-powered one-day event for K-20 STEM leaders and decision-makers. Develop a STEM toolkit, build a learning network with peers and share success stories and lessons learned. Register to request your seat.
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Ala. district may highlight AP achievement on diplomas
    Madison City Schools district in Alabama is considering awarding the new "Madison Seal of Academic Distinction" on the high-school diplomas of students who take a minimum of Advanced Placement classes. The proposal, made by the district's superintendent, Dee Fowler, seeks to encourage more students to pursue AP courses. If approved by the school board, the incentive program would be phased in over three years, with as many as three AP credits required for 2016 graduates. (Alabama) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  NCTM News 
  • Teaching statistics in grades 6-8
    How does working with data in statistics differ from working with numbers in mathematics? What is variability, and how can we describe and measure it? How can we display distributions of quantitative or categorical data? What is a sample, and how can we choose one that will allow us to draw valid conclusions from data? Developing Essential Understanding of Statistics for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 6-8 focuses on essential knowledge for mathematics teachers about statistics. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Are you registered for the annual meeting?
    Have you registered for NCTM's 2013 Annual Meeting in Denver? The Early-Bird registration rate ends this Saturday, March 16 -- register today to maximize your savings of up to $80! Choose from more than 700 presentations targeted to grade levels and special topics. Whether you're a classroom teacher, administrator, math coach or teacher-in-training, this conference has something for you. You and your students will benefit from the lessons and activities you'll get and the knowledge you'll gain. Don't delay -- Register now for the math education event you can't afford to miss. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Learn more about NCTM ->Home | Membership | Conferences | Catalog | Illuminations

Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him."
--Romain Gary,
French diplomat, novelist, film director and aviator

LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story


NCTM SmartBrief aggregates published news and editorial content from diverse sources. The content of NCTM SmartBrief does not necessarily reflect the positions of NCTM or the views of its leadership, and the viewpoints expressed or implied should not be interpreted as official NCTM positions.

Subscriber Tools
Print friendly format  | Web version  | Search past news  | Archive  | Privacy policy

Publisher: Joe Riddle 202-407-7857
Jobs Board: Jackie Basso 202-737-5500 x327
 Recent NCTM SmartBrief Issues:   Lead Editor: Melissa Greenwood
Contributing Editor: James Roland
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2013 SmartBrief, Inc.® Legal Information