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February 13, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Neb. high-school students seek to leave math legacy
    Four seniors at Waverly High School in Nebraska are working to make sure the Waverly Mathletes is a recognized club and honor society next year. The students say they hope to give club members better preparation for math competitions, where students can win scholarships and prize money. Wahoo Newspaper (Neb.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online finance lessons teach students where their money goes
    Students at an Ohio middle school are learning about budgeting, salary, taxes and other financial lessons through the online personal finance course, Banzai. As part of the lesson, students are given mock paychecks and shown the amount taken out for taxes and how much money must be set aside to pay for expenses, such as food and rent. Students also are taught about the risks of online scams and about the safe use of social-networking websites. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Problem Solving to Support Common Core
Differentiated math tasks promote students' conceptual understanding, problem solving and higher-order thinking skills. Rubrics and anchor papers pinpoint students' problem-solving strengths and weaknesses and mathematical understanding. Aligned to CCSS, NCTM and state standards! View free samples.
  • Online option broadens AP math in La. district
    Students at Comeaux High School in Lafayette, La., who want to take Advanced Placement math can do so, even though there is not an instructor onsite. As part of a pilot program to expand AP offerings, Comeaux students use Skype to "attend" class taught by a teacher who is about five miles away. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

How Many? is not like other counting books—there are multiple things to count on each page. Students from pre-K to grade 5 will notice surprising patterns and relationships, and they'll want to talk about them. The accompanying Teacher's Guide explores what deep mathematical ideas will bubble up: number language, units, grouping, partitioning, place value, and vocabulary. Get details now!
  • Md. school maps out project-based learning with the common core
    A public middle and high school in Baltimore this year adopted a schoolwide project-based learning approach aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The school's adoption of PBL included the creation of a map that offers a diagram of standards under the common core, writes Eric Isselhardt, chief academic officer at the Green Street Academy. A project route then was created, which aligns with the standards map, and educators then focused on what was needed for students to be successful and whether the project met the standards, Isselhardt writes in this blog post. Isselhardt's blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers partner with university to develop online STEM classes
    Quinnipiac University in Connecticut will work with area teachers this summer to develop online-learning opportunities for middle- and high-school students, as part of the Online Resource Through Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. School leaders say they joined the program to strengthen collaboration and enhance engineering education. Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Test scores to weigh more in Md. teachers' evaluations
    The Maryland State Department of Education has instructed nine counties to revamp how they evaluate teachers and principals, saying that original plans do not place enough emphasis on students' scores on standardized tests. State officials said student test scores on the Maryland School Assessment should account for 20% of assessments. Counties have been given until May 15 to submit new teacher-evaluation plans to the state. The Washington Post (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Calling all high school teachers
    You need the best strategies to prepare your students for success, and NCTM's Interactive Institute on High School Mathematics offers a variety of activities and tactics to effectively address the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice and NCTM Process Standards -- giving your students better opportunities to examine, interpret, and think critically about math concepts. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Surviving an avalanche of data
    Open the sports or business section of your daily newspaper, and you are immediately bombarded with an array of graphs, tables, diagrams and statistical reports that require interpretation. Across all walks of life, the need to understand statistics is fundamental. Read this month's free preview article in Teaching Children Mathematics, and help your first graders generate, test, revise, and represent data before being formally taught how to do so. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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