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February 1, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Is finding the answer only one part of solving a math problem?
    New learning standards adopted in Utah are changing the way students learn math and how parents help their children with homework. School officials say there has been a shift from memorization to reasoning in math education and teachers are seeking deeper understanding of math concepts. Officials encourage educators to talk to parents about these changes and recommend parents also ask teachers about the strategies and terminology they are using in their math lessons. KSL-TV (Salt Lake City) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to use digital games in the classroom
    A recent report reinforces the popularity of digital games among teenagers and highlights their potential uses in education. The report, released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Games and Learning Publishing Council, finds a role for both short and long-form games, which could extend beyond a class period. The report also offers a guide for determining when a game is educational -- pointing out that opinions differ on the definition of a "learning game." blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

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 for details!
  • Neb. high school broadens advanced math, science curriculum
    Students at Kearney High School in Nebraska have had more access to accelerated math and science programming since the school launched Project Lead the Way last year. School officials say the program offers hands-on learning activities, such as building a circuit, and ultimately will help fill skills gaps in the workforce. KHAS-TV (Hastings, Neb.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Ind. teachers inform parents about common core
    Common Core State Standards for education were rolled out in Indiana's first-grade classrooms this year. Teachers in some elementary schools have been charged with explaining these changes to parents. One group of teachers shares information with parents in a weekly newsletter where they present the standards in parent-friendly language. StateImpact (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report offers national picture of STEM education
    Interest among high-school students in science, technology, engineering and math has increased by 21% since 2004, while the percentage of high-school girls interested in these fields began to slip in 2010, according to a new report from My College Options and STEMconnector. In this blog post, Erik Robelen highlights key aspects of the report, including a breakdown of STEM interest by race and ethnicity and a top ten list of STEM interest areas. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Maps detail high-school graduation, dropout trends nationwide
    This article includes two interactive maps detailing the high-school graduation and dropout rates nationwide, categorized by race and ethnicity. The maps feature data from the 2009-10 school year, recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics, that shows while the national graduation rate is at its highest level since 1974 -- at 78% -- gaps remain among minority students and their white peers. National Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • More than 700 presentations await you in the mile-high city
    Join us at NCTM's 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver, April 17 to 20, to learn more about current math education topics, such as the Common Core, response to intervention, assessment, research, reasoning and proof, technology and STEM. Take home tools and strategies that you can immediately apply to help your students grow and succeed. This is the math education event you can't afford to miss. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Looking for ideas and tools to help you in the classroom?
    NCTM's online resources for each grade band can help you get ready to go back to school after the holidays. These resources include math problems, advice on instruction and lessons with handouts. You'll find topics on numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement, and pre-calculus and trigonometry. Find these and more. Get Lessons and Resources. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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