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December 3, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Should students be allowed to use calculators on math tests?
    Concerned that students are relying too much on calculators, rather than learning basic but important math skills, a Virginia lawmaker has proposed legislation that would prohibit some students from using the devices on their end-of-year math exams. The proposal comes in light of a teacher saying his ninth-grade students struggled to complete basic operations on a pretest, noted Del. Dave Albo, R-Springfield. The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Can video games help students with disabilities learn geometry?
    Educator Brian Kenney at Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., is using commercial video games, such as Minecraft, to teach math concepts to students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are paired with peers from Kenney's video game design class to work on building virtual homes with blocks, a process Kenney says helps them learn geometry. While there is little research on the effectiveness of the approach, teachers and students are enthusiastic, with Kenney saying, "They actually come in on Saturdays and they can't get enough of it." The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Curriculum 
  • Struggles with algebra raise questions about math requirements
    California students who fail algebra and take it again usually do not find success the second time, according to a recent report by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd. Researchers looked at student data from 24 school districts in the state and concluded that "when students take Algebra I is less important than whether students are ready to take it." The findings call on teachers to re-examine how they teach the subject and when students must take algebra. San Francisco Chronicle (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • "Active engagement" is important to common core
    While there has been plenty of debate about many aspects of the Common Core State Standards, one broader goal that should be universally embraced is greater "active engagement" by students in their learning, Peter DeWitt writes in this blog post. By creating an environment that encourages students to ask questions and challenge what goes on in the classroom, teachers can reduce the amount of passive learning that goes on there, he says. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  STEM 
  • Foreign-language pilot is part of STEM curriculum in Md. district
    Students at two elementary schools in a Maryland district take a semester of Spanish and a semester of Chinese each year as part of a pilot program, now in its second year, that seeks to infuse foreign-language instruction in a curriculum based on science, technology, engineering and math. The language courses primarily are focused on science, but they also incorporate culture, health, language arts and social studies. The Baltimore Sun (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • More D.C. teachers receive bonuses under new program
    States across the country are considering measures that would link teacher evaluations, based largely on test scores, to teacher salaries, bonuses and even retention. In Washington, D.C., such a system is already in place, and while there is concern about the high-stakes evaluation program, officials report about 300 more teachers are eligible for the highest bonus this year. CBS News (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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