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March 11, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Pa. school highlights role math plays in engineering
    A group of engineers recently visited a Pennsylvania high school where they helped students understand the specialty areas in engineering and encouraged them to take advanced math classes if they want to pursue a career in engineering. "Don't let that scare you," Richard Krill, an architectural engineer from Woodland Development, said. "One of the things math allows us to do is talk in the same language about something we're passionate about." The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commentary: Games can be invaluable tool in crowded classrooms
    Video games in the classroom can help teachers personalize instruction and quickly access data that can be used to inform instruction, writes Vicki Phillips, director of College-Ready Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "A great educational game is not the technology equivalent of broccoli drenched in ranch dressing. It doesn't try to mask the benefits of learning behind a veneer of entertainment," she writes. "Like the best video games, educational games engage players and work with them to create a rich, integrated experience." The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Consortium pilots common core assessment software
    The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is seeking student and educator feedback on its online testing platform that will be used to assess student mastery of the Common Core State Standards. Consortium officials say the pilots that will take place in 6,000 schools will help pinpoint any issues before the final rollout in 2014-15. Education Week/Digital Education blog (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  • Mass. proposal would bring STEM academies to community colleges
    Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo has proposed a plan that he says would help students who enter community colleges needing math remediation. The STEM Starter Academy would provide intensive math instruction for such students using an immersion model in which students could spend up to three hours a day, five days a week in math class. Boston Herald (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Report: N.Y. districts to shoulder teacher-evaluation costs
    The cost of implementing new teacher evaluations in New York state school districts is likely to exceed dedicated grant funding, according to a report released Thursday from the state School Boards Association. The association's analysis finds that districts each will receive on average $100,670 to implement the evaluations, while districts are expected to spend an average of $155,355 this year. WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Motivation matters!
    Have you ever spent time carefully planning a lesson only to find your students totally unreceptive? Several years ago, I participated in an outstanding problem-solving seminar and returned to my class eager to put many of the new ideas into practice. Despite my enthusiasm, my students rebelled! Why weren't my students as excited about this as I was? Was it because they couldn't solve the problem quickly that they gave up with loud moans of protest? Read more from the March President's Message. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Celebrate Pi Day
    Every year, math enthusiasts everywhere celebrate pi, a celebrity among mathematical constants, on 3/14, also known as Pi Day. Pi is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Whatever the size of a circle, if you divide its circumference by its diameter, you will always get 3.14159..., better known as pi. Check out this page full of articles and websites to explore, and be sure to follow NCTM on Twitter to see exclusive Pi Day images this Thursday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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