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November 16, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Teachers want students to think more about math concepts
    subject line for NCTM 11/16The days of traditional math classes in Washoe County, Nev., elementary schools are giving way to a different style of learning that includes small-group discussions and an emphasis on making sure students understand math concepts on a higher level. "It's more of them thinking," said Channon Toles, a teacher at Kate Smith Elementary School in Reno. "Instead of just the teacher going up and doing an algorithm and showing them exactly what to do with that mathematical concept." KTVN-TV (Reno, Nev.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Curriculum 
  • Iowa district ponders math curriculum expansion
    Many high-achieving students in Iowa's Waukee Community School District are expected to exhaust their high schools' math offerings by the time they reach their sophomore years, the district's superintendent says. To address this challenge, the district is considering hiring an instructor to teach Calculus 3, as well as hiring college professors to fill in other gaps in the math curriculum. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Standards 
  • How to expand on the common core for students who are gifted
    Gifted-education specialist Tamara Fisher considers in this blog post how the Common Core State Standards will affect the teaching of students who are gifted, and how to expand on these standards for students who already have mastered grade-level material. Fisher, who is attending the National Association for Gifted Children convention, offers ideas gleaned from presentations, including considering the pacing of math lessons for students who are gifted, and exploring connections between math topics and other content areas. Education Week Teacher/Unwrapping the Gifted blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  STEM 
  • FIT hosts career event for high-school students
    The Florida Institute of Technology welcomed local high-school students and parents to its Melbourne campus recently to show off a wide range of programs, let visitors tour research laboratories and allow them to talk with FIT faculty and students. "I think it is a good chance to get immersed in what is going on at the university, and it helps students hone in on what careers might interest them," high-school senior Jonathan Cirillo said. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Focus on reading, math affects science instruction in some schools
    To meet federal benchmarks in reading and math, some elementary schools in Kansas and elsewhere have reduced the time spent on science lessons, and instead are focusing on reading and math skills. School officials say more attention to science instruction is coming as they develop ways to incorporate more math and reading into science lessons, but some parents and others remain critical of the recent decisions regarding science education. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • New title in NCTM's bestselling Essential Understanding Series
      
    NCTM just released "Developing Essential Understanding of Proof and Proving for Teaching Mathematics in Grades 9–12," the latest addition to NCTM's well-regarded series. The book focuses on essential knowledge for teachers about proof and the process of proving. It is organized around five big ides, supported by multiple smaller, interconnected ideas -- essential understandings. Taking you beyond a simple introduction to proof and proving, the book will broaden and deepen your mathematical understanding of one of the most challenging topics for students. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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