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March 15, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Research: Student engagement key to higher achievement
    The strategies educators traditionally have used to increase student engagement -- raising standards and administering high-stakes tests -- have not addressed the root causes of student disengagement, according to a review of current research. Effective strategies to increase student engagement include connecting assignments to outcomes important to them and letting students have more choice in how to complete tasks. Research indicates increased engagement yields higher achievement. Forbes (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Intensive developmental math course shows promise for remediation
    Community-college students in need of remedial math who took a yearlong intensive developmental course produced better outcomes than their peers enrolled in traditional remedial math program, according to a recent report issued by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The intensive model addressed motivation, literacy and problem-solving for three to five hours a week. Education Week/College Bound blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Rubrics. Test questions. Tiering assessments. Grading effort. Redos. Report cards. In his thoroughly revised edition of Fair Isn't Always Equal, Rick Wormeli provides a thorough guide for teachers and administrators to tackle challenging and controversial assessment and grading practices in the differentiated classroom. Preview the entire book!
  • Growing number of free online resources teach coding
    A solid knowledge of computer programming can lead to career opportunities in various fields, and there seems to be no shortage of free online programs available for those who want to develop their own coding skills. This article lists 10 free programs, including Code/Racer, which puts coding lessons in a racing game format, and MIT, which offers free computer courses online. Mashable (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Ind. district devotes time for teachers to work together
    Shane Robbins, superintendent of Northwestern Consolidated School District, says he has been impressed by the results of teachers' weekly collaboration sessions. Each Wednesday, the start of school is delayed by one hour so teachers at each school can meet to discuss student data and evaluate students' progress and needs. Officials say the meetings have informed discussions on curriculum and also allowed teachers of different subjects -- and in different schools -- to learn from each other. The Shelbyville News (Ind.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • What makes ideas stick?
    Does engagement necessarily imply that students will retain what we hope they will? How do students in your classes develop an appreciation for mathematical big ideas and relationships among them? What lesson characteristics seem to promote the permanence of concepts in the minds of your students? What works? Write about your big ideas -- either really big ideas or more modest big ideas -- that help make mathematics stick. The Mathematics Teacher editorial panel invites you to submit manuscripts for the 2014 Focus Issue by May 1. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • New interactive institute for pre-k to grade 5 educators
    Join us in New Orleans for our new Interactive Institute, "Connecting Number and Operations in the Classroom," and deepen your knowledge of the mathematics that supports number and operations. Learn more about the importance of the development of a sense of number, with a particular focus on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and applications. Save $40 when you register by May 10. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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