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December 18, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Educational website connects math, other subjects to real world
    Making math relevant and less abstract may improve students' understanding of the subject. This is the idea behind CK12, an online resource that contains free lesson plans, tips and other materials for math and other subjects. Resources include a math activity using scores from the game Temple Run and videos from Khan Academy and PBS. blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Thinking outside of the box nets results in Ohio district
    A focus on results has led a school district in Ohio to adopt a philosophy in which teachers are rewarded for success, held accountable for results and encouraged to take risks. Reynoldsburg City Schools' officials say these steps, along with their focus on science, technology, engineering and math education and use of data to personalize instruction have had positive results. The district also gives principals autonomy over their schools, has stable leadership and has built a good relationship with teachers' unions. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had shows teachers how to make math class more like the playful, creative, and captivating experience mathematicians describe. Author Tracy Zager tackles big ideas and instructional decisions, drawing on years of work with amazing teachers from across the country. Click here to preview the entire book!
  • Math, science teachers learn to show old concepts in new ways
    Recycling may be good for the environment, but when it comes to teaching math and science, using and re-using the same approaches can make learning stale. To help teachers take their subjects in new directions and try different methods and lessons, the University of Tampa and 32 rural districts around Florida have created the Science Math Masters program, a teacher-training program aimed to help develop and share ideas for well-worn subjects. WFSU-FM (Tallahassee, Fla.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common core takes shape in Miss. schools
    As Mississippi school districts take steps to implement the Common Core State Standards, officials say they are hopeful the changes will help their students better compete with their peers across the country and worldwide. "Students are learning to apply knowledge and understand that what they're learning will be used past high school," said Lynn House, interim state superintendent of education. "Common Core is tied to performance. It's a divergent process and a competency process. There's not just one correct answer." The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. schools inspire next generation of STEM workers
    Some California schools are doing more to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One school is working with a local community college to expose younger children to STEM careers via field trips and other activities. Other schools have tweaked academic programming to include more opportunities for hands-on, project-based learning, which school and business officials say is the key to preparing students for real-world jobs. Napa Valley Register (Calif.) (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • More districts discuss a later start time for high schools
    Concerns that high-school students are not getting enough sleep have led officials in Fairfax County, Va., and Montgomery County, Md., to consider plans to push back high schools' start time. One proposal in Montgomery County calls for high schools to start no earlier than 8:15 a.m., rather than the current 7:25 a.m. However, the moves have raised questions over scheduling and bus routes that could make the changes problematic for schools. The Washington Times (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCTM News 
  • NCTM's third week of gift giving
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