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March 18, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Should all students take Algebra II?
    Texas lawmakers currently are debating whether requiring all students to take Algebra II is the best way to improve college and career readiness. Some lawmakers are advocating for an opt-out option for students for whom vocational classes and training is more appropriate. One lawmaker noted that educators have indicated that some students drop out of school as a result of the Algebra II requirement. Others say reducing existing requirements could result in a watered-down curriculum. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)/Associated Press (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expanded learning-time model helped struggling school improve
    A school in California that has been considered underperforming since the 1990s is reporting gains in student achievement and other progress since adopting an expanded learning-time model, education reporter Nora Fleming writes in this blog post. According to a study from the National Center of Time & Learning, in the 2010-11 school year -- the first year the program was in place -- student achievement on English language arts exams rose by 14 points and a 23-point gain was reported in math. Besides expanding learning time, the school also focused on student data and worked to improve the school climate and behavior. Education Week/Beyond School blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Curriculum 
  Standards 
  • How the common core supports interdisciplinary teaching
    Teachers nationwide say the implementation of the Common Core State Standards presents opportunities for interdisciplinary thematic units, in which educators of various subjects work together to teach a certain concept or idea. Bobbi Farrell, a social studies and language arts teacher at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland, Maine, explained an example of the approach as teaching a social studies lesson on immigration or social classes by integrating literature, with books such as "The Outsiders." Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Pa. school converts classroom into role-playing simulator
    Shaler Area Elementary School in Glenshaw, Pa., is using an $80,000 grant to transform a classroom into the "IKS Titan," an interactive simulator for classroom lessons and special "missions" for students in grades 4 to 6. The room will be outfitted with iPads, an interactive whiteboard and other technology that can help students take on a part, such as biologist or ship captain, in various interdisciplinary role-playing lessons on topics ranging from history and literature to concepts in science, technology, engineering and math. T.H.E. Journal (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • $15M could be saved in Calif. by suspending some exams
    State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is supporting legislation in California to suspend some standardized tests while new computerized exams are being developed, a move that would save the state $15 million. Lawmakers now are considering legislation that would suspend some tests beginning next fall, as well as a separate bill that would delay the suspension until 2016. Tests required by the federal government would not be suspended. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/L.A. Now blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCTM News 
  • NCTM's middle school journal -- 2015 focus issue call on mathematical modeling
      
    Modeling can engage students in writing, using multiple representations, making conjectures and more. Share your experiences and observations of students' success with modeling in your classroom for the Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 2015 Focus Issue. Share what works for you. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Going to the annual meeting in Denver? Be sure to visit the member showcase!
      
    We hope to see you in Denver and while there, make sure you stop by the NCTM Member Showcase in the BuzzHub area of the exhibit hall. The showcase will highlight everything you need to know about membership. From NCTM's award-winning math journals, activity and lesson sheets, to information about new and upcoming events and products, as well as other fun giveaways. Stop by and find out more about what NCTM can do for you and your teaching profession! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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