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November 14, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Study: Simple math can be solved in subconscious state
    Researchers in Jerusalem have found that the brain is capable of solving basic math equations and even reading single words without focusing on the numbers or words themselves. The recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that scientists and educators rethink commonly held ideas about subconscious learning. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"You can't learn math without making mistakes." What's Right About Wrong Answers gives you 22 activities that focus on important ideas in grades 4-5 math. Each includes a summary of the content and highlighted error, Common Core connections, redproducibles, required manipulatives, and other tools. Preview the entire book!
  • Critics say new math curriculum is missing basic skills
    School districts in New Hampshire, which use the Everyday Math curriculum to focus more on understanding math concepts rather than rote learning, are meeting some resistance from critics who say memorization still has a place in math education. Education officials, however, defend their decision, noting they are tailoring the program where needed and getting positive results. "We more than doubled the kids who successfully finished algebra one by the end of eighth grade," said Chip McGee, assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum in the Bedford School District. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC math teachers get support for common core transition
    The U.S. Department of Education and the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative are providing funding and other resources to 14 schools in the Bronx to help teachers and students adjust to the transition to the Common Core State Standards. One of the challenges facing New York City schools is that the state's Regents test does not align with concepts and skills in the common core. (New York) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Learning computer coding will help students down the road
    Learning to code is no different from learning to speak or read in its importance for communicating in today's society, writes digital literacy advocate Douglas Rushkoff. He suggests that the more young people know about computer programming, the wiser consumers they'll be and the more equipped they'll be for various jobs in the future. Rushkoff highlights a free program he used to bolster his own coding skills. Trends blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Investing in Innovation grants reward variety of STEM ideas
    The U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation Fund program is providing $150 million in grants to school districts and organizations that propose creative ideas to improve K-12 education and are able to find matching private funds. Among several of the "winners" so far are those with plans to train teachers in math and science, provide students with enhanced engineering programs and offer extra math support to disadvantaged students. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Fla. teachers work to prevent uptick in exam failure
    Teachers in Florida say they are concerned a proposed scoring system for the state's biology and geometry exams could keep thousands of high-school students from graduating. It is expected that more students will fail one or more of the exams, which students must pass to graduate. Two panels are working to establish passing standards for the exams, and a final decision is expected in December from the Florida State Board of Education. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Math made fun for grades 3-5
    Frances Stern, author of the critically acclaimed "Adding Math, Subtracting Tension, Prekindergarten–Grade 2," has written a sequel, this time for grades 3-5. The book will help parents develop a relationship with their child that includes math in a fun and approachable manner, while strengthening the child's understanding of this critical subject. The new book is filled with age-appropriate material on topics that students encounter in grades 3-5, including multiplication, division, geometry, fractions, decimals, and more. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • New 2013 pre-conference workshop
    Join us in Denver, April 17, for "Multi-Tiered System of Supports: What Are Effective Interventions and Assessments?" -- a new pre-conference workshop focused on response to intervention. This workshop offers support in content, instruction and assessment for grades 3-8 teachers with learners who struggle. Participants can register for this workshop independently of the NCTM 2013 Annual Meeting. Registration is limited to 140 attendees, and on-site registration will not be available. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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