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January 4, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • N.C. students find algebra easy to swallow
    Vending machines offering healthy items at Evergreen Community Charter School in Asheville, N.C., also are providing an opportunity for seventh-graders to learn how algebra works in real life. Students are using algebra skills to determine how many of certain vending machine items need to be sold to reach revenue and nutrition goals under the Green Ribbon Schools program, which calls for designated schools to serve healthy and environmentally friendly foods. "It's cool to be able to take the math and do something real with it," said seventh-grader Molly Schantz. Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Establishing a needs-fulfilling classroom
    In a needs-fulfilling classroom, both the needs of the students and the teacher are met, writes teacher Chad Sansing. In this blog post, he writes that teachers in such classrooms give students more freedom and understand what the students consider fun, how they use power, how they relate to others and what they are scared of in order to better facilitate instruction. Needs-fulfilling classrooms also allow teachers and students to better work toward a common goal, Sansing writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Beyond Answers is the book K-2 teachers need to understand and implement the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Each concise chapter focuses on one of the 8 practices, demonstrating through real classroom examples how you can break the cycle of teaching procedurally and help students understand—not just do—math. Preview the entire book!
  • Opinion: Schools should introduce computer science earlier
    Too many college students start taking computer science classes without having had much formal instruction in computer skills, Thinkersmith Executive Director Kiki Prottsman writes in this commentary. Given the role of computers in the workplace and in everyday life, it makes sense to encourage computational skills throughout a student's K-12 career and make computer science a fundamental part of the curriculum, she writes. The Huffington Post (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  • Kan. education board expects busy agenda for 2013
    The Kansas State Board of Education is expected to address several much-debated issues in 2013, including the adoption of state standards in science and history, and an evaluation system for teachers and administrators. The board also will deal with the implementation of new reading and math standards under the Common Core State Standards as well as aspects of the state's waiver from certain requirements of No Child Left Behind. "This will be the biggest year I've seen on the board," board member Carolyn Campbell said. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iowa implements statewide plan for STEM education
    Students in Iowa are getting more access to science, technology, engineering and math as the state's STEM initiative continues to be implemented in schools. The $5 million investment encourages students to tackle challenges and understand that failure, which is part of the learning process, can lead to greater success down the road. "STEM isn't about science, technology, engineering and math in isolation," said Kari Webb, manager for the northwest Iowa region of STEM. "It's an integrated approach to problem solving and 21st century skills." The Daily Reporter (Spencer, Iowa) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Schools seek waivers as they work toward education reform
    The 23 school districts of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium are asking to be exempt from state and federal education requirements as they work toward their goal of creating new 21st-century strategies for schools in the state. It's unclear when the state legislature, which has jurisdiction over some of the waivers, will take action, and State Education Commissioner Michael L. Williams has not taken a position on a majority of the requests. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Engaging students in learning: Mathematical practices and process standards
    Registration and housing selection are now open for "Engaging Students in Learning: Mathematical Practices and Process Standards" -- NCTM's Interactive Institute for grade 9-12 educators. Join us in Washington, D.C., August 1 to 3, for an interactive professional learning experience that will enable high school mathematics teachers to effectively address the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice and the NCTM Process Standards. More info. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Interact for impact
    Seek out other teachers in your school and community to share with and learn from. Use this network to communicate what is working well in your classroom and to get ideas on how to improve. Make an appointment to observe others' classes, and ask for others to come to see yours. Reflect afterward. This is just one of the many tips available from NCTM for collaborating with other teachers, parents and even your students. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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