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Accomplished Teacher Special Report: Math, Part II
In Part II of this special report on math, we look at the latest news in standards and testing and efforts to boost scores along with technology, including the use of Twitter and websites to help student achievement.

We also offer some valuable resources from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

In case you missed it on Tuesday, Part I of this report examined math teaching techniques and news about science, technology, engineering and math programs in the classroom.

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All teachers of algebra should have The Xs and Whys of Algebra at their fingertips during planning and instruction. This handy 84-page flipchart cuts through the confusion to help you prevent common misconceptions. 30 modules focus on key standards with instructional strategies, activities, and reproducibles. Click here for details!
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  • How to determine if math students are "college ready"
    The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers, one of the national consortia preparing tests for the Common Core State Standards, has selected an approach for determining college readiness in math. Part of the group's recommendation calls for tests to be given at the end of three major math sequences. Students who score high enough on those tests will be deemed "college ready." Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is personalized learning the future of math education?
    Some New York City schools are using a self-paced math program to tailor instruction for students' unique abilities and areas of need. Officials say the School of One program -- also used by Washington, D.C., and Chicago schools under a different name -- can be especially helpful in large school districts, where one-on-one attention may be limited. The Wall Street Journal (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strategies to boost math scores
    The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study has revealed some key characteristics that set top-performing nations apart. For example, Singapore's math curriculum is adjusted frequently and teachers receive swift training and resources to implement the changes, said Michael Martin, co-director of the International Study Center at Boston College, which administered the TIMSS. Nations with systems that allow for quick implementation of new learning trends also did well, he said. ScienceMag.org (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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What are 8 keys to schoolwide math success? Small Steps, Big Changes helps you and your staff set goals, create a culture of mathematical thinking, and translate high-level standards such as Common Core into effective classroom practice. Includes examples from diverse schools across the country. Click here now for details!
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  • Maine students get instant feedback on math homework
    Instead of having to wait until the next day to find out if they completed their math homework correctly, middle-school students at about 40 schools in Maine receive immediate feedback via a new online computer program. The program -- ASSISTments -- tells students if they've reached the right answers and can provide hints to help students who struggle with a particular math problem. It also collects data, including percentages of correct responses and the amount of time it takes students to complete an assignment. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teacher-created website offers math help for students
    Educator Danielle Buhrman created a website to offer extra assistance to students in preparation for Advanced Placement calculus class. The "Math With Buhrman" site includes "notes" Buhrman has created for each math chapter, along with videos and images she creates addressing concepts and material she thinks students might struggle with. Advantages of the site include its accessibility to students, both in class and at home, as well as the use of terminology familiar to students, Buhrman says. The Grand Island Independent (Neb.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Right or wrong, multiple-choice math responses don't tell the whole story. Each of the Beyond the Bubble books (for grades 2-3 and grades 4-5) dissects 30 sample problems spanning five major strands, showing you how to prompt conversations that reveal underlying strengths and weaknesses in math thinking. Save $6 when you buy both books. Click here for details!
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