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March 13, 2013
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  • Teachers feeling unprepared to teach science, common core math
    As states prepare to implement the Common Core State Standards in math and anticipate a new set of science standards, a recent survey of nearly 7,800 educators finds that math and science teachers will need additional support. A study by Horizon Research, and support from the National Science Foundation, found that less than a third of middle-school math teachers hold math or math-education degrees, while many teachers report feeling unprepared to create lessons that meet the needs of students at varied math and science achievement levels or for English-language learners. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

In her new DVD, Moving into Math Stations, K-2, Debbie Diller builds on her best-selling book Math Work Stations, bringing your staff into two real classrooms to see how to use manipulatives, manage time & space, incorporate whole-group instruction, encourage meaningful math talk, and more. View a 7-minute segment online!
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  • What should students know to become financially literate?
    The Council for Economic Education has developed a set of standards for financial literacy, expected to be released next month. The standards, crafted in collaboration with educators, detail what the council says students should know by the end of fourth, eighth and 12th grades about income, buying goods and services, saving, credit, investing and protecting and insuring. "We have a specific plan to go state by state and get these implemented," council CEO Nan Morrison said. Time.com (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Using interactive games to teach students about money: Games can be used to improve students' understanding of money, writes Andrew Miller, an educational consultant and online educator. In anticipation of Financial Literacy Month in April, Miller shares a list of games, compiled by Ohio educator Brian Page. In one game, students -- or players -- manage a "day club" for vampires, while another game, Financial Football, allows students to score points by correctly answering financial questions. Edutopia.org/Andrew Miller's blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Are honors math classes what they seem?
    A discrepancy between an increase in the number of students taking honors math and low scores on national math tests administered in 12th grade prompted the U.S. Department of Education to take a closer look at the transcripts of 18,000 students. Students enrolled in advanced math classes may not be doing advanced work, the review showed. Agency officials say the study is limited in scope, noting the sample represents only 80% of students and reviewers did not directly observe material covered in individual classes. USA Today (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Calif. teachers get helping hand in implementing common core
    California has become at least the 19th member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a Washington, D.C., advocacy group, that provides members with resources and other support to help implement the Common Core State Standards and prepare students for the future. Kari Yeater, superintendent of the North Monterey County Unified School District, welcomed the news as her district prepares for the standards. "It's a real shift on how teachers have to plan to incorporate all skill sets," Yeater said. The Monterey County Herald (Calif.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bill to delay common core in Ind. stalls
    Legislation that would require a series of public hearings statewide before the Common Core State Standards could be implemented will not advance out of the Senate, said House Education Committee Chairman Robert Behning, R-Indianapolis. The state signed onto the standards in 2010, but critics now say they are weaker than previous education standards in the state. Supporters, including Behning, however, say that with a majority of the country implementing the common core, a delay -- or reversal -- could put the state's students at a disadvantage. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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