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September 17, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • What is "deeper learning"?
    Defining and measuring "deeper learning" will require teachers to set clear goals and expectations, while giving feedback to let students know what's expected of them, according to a report from the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science. A commitment from local, state and national policymakers will be needed for deeper learning -- a process of taking lessons learned in one situation and using them in another situation -- to become the standard, said Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University and advocate for education reform. blog (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • YouTube launches video contest for teachers
    YouTube has announced the start of a contest in which they will ask teachers to submit video lessons, and a panel of top online educators will select the best one. "The rise of online educational videos is giving learners access to the world's greatest thinkers and teachers, leveling the playing field for all," YouTube said in a blog post announcing the contest. "We believe that inspiring online educators can come from all walks of life, and we want to find the next generation of educational YouTube stars." TechCrunch (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

"You'll find this book incredibly helpful."Mike Flynn. Why Write in Math Class? K-5 by Linda Dacey helps you build on the success of math talk to get a window into students' thinking and help them construct, explore, represent, refine, connect, and reflect on mathematical ideas. Preview the entire book!
  • N.Y. academy goes hands-on to engage students in math, science
    New York's Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, in New Hartford, has created a career and technical academy to boost student engagement in math and science through activities such as building and launching air-powered rockets. "We have research that says the biggest reason kids don't do well in school is lack of engagement," said David Stayton, the BOCES principal of career and technical education. "(These students are) not just sitting in a classroom, they’re learning hands on." Observer-Dispatch (Utica, N.Y.) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio parents learn about new math program
    Educators in a Ohio school district held special informative sessions for parents to help them understand the changing math curriculum. "We gave parents an overview of our new course of study in Common Core math, Math in Focus, so that parents could learn how they could support youngsters at home," said Windermere Elementary principal Steve Scarpitti. (Lewis Center, Ohio) (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Md. county makes STEM accessible to all students
    The Anne Arundel County school system in Maryland has been recognized nationally for its science, technology, engineering and math education programs. Individual students have won major honors, but the school system prides itself on making quality STEM education available to all students, and not just high achievers. The Baltimore Sun (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students teach their parents about STEM
    Students enrolled in Moore Magnet School, a pilot science, technology, engineering and math program in Montgomery County, Tenn., gave parents a closer look at how the school is connecting learning to the real world. To demonstrate this, students were asked to build floating bird feeders. The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.) (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Grant expands teacher training in Kansas
    Wichita State University in Kansas is using federal grant money to expand hands-on training for education majors. The university partnered with 25 Wichita public schools, where college students spend at least 45 hours with mentor teachers beginning in the first semester of their junior year. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Early-bird registration extended for Hartford conference
    Have you registered for NCTM's 2012 Regional Conference in Hartford? If not, now is the time to maximize your savings! Early-bird registration has now been extended until this Friday, Sept. 21. This is your last chance to save up to $80 off on-site rates. Choose from more than 200 presentations about the Common Core, technology, RtI and more. You and your students will benefit from the lessons and activities you'll receive and the knowledge you'll gain. This is the math education event you can't afford to miss. Register now! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Games to increase engagement
    On Aug. 28, two educators from NCTM discussed how math strategy games, such as Illuminations' Deep Sea Duel, can be used to incorporate the Standards for Mathematical Practice identified in the Common Core State Standards. Based on several articles from NCTM journals, the webinar suggested that even simple games can promote critical thinking and develop mathematical reasoning. Interested in using games with your students? You can download Deep Sea Duel for iOS or Android or play online today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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