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February 18, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • "Friendly" competition gets students fired up about math
    In Kansas City, Kansas, hundreds of students got up early on a Saturday morning to do math problems, but not as punishment or for extra practice. The ninth annual Math Relays pit teams of middle- and high-school students from a dozen schools in races to solve math problems in algebra, geometry, number sense and data. "It's pretty great because we get to see schools compete on a friendly basis, but it's also intense because we're representing our school," middle-school student Javier Ochoa said. The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smithsonian goes online with activities for students
    The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies has started a program to encourage research, discovery and creative collaboration with project-based learning. Called Smithsonian Quests, the online resource awards digital badges to students upon completion of their activities. The projects are aimed at students of various grade levels, and can be done as part of classroom lessons or independently. T.H.E. Journal (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had shows teachers how to make math class more like the playful, creative, and captivating experience mathematicians describe. Author Tracy Zager tackles big ideas and instructional decisions, drawing on years of work with amazing teachers from across the country. Click here to preview the entire book!
  • New learning path moves math grouping to middle school
    It used to be that elementary-school teachers in Ridgefield, Conn., determined which math track students would be on during middle school, but with transition to Common Core State Standards under way in area schools, officials have decided to ask middle-school teachers to make this decision after students complete their first year. While some expressed concern about the changes, district officials said they will add more teacher development and formal guidelines to the process to help during the transition. The Ridgefield Press (Conn.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.
  • Common core brings major changes to high-school math
    The Common Core State Standards are bringing an end to traditional math courses in one Ohio district, where students no longer will enroll in classes such as Algebra I, geometry and Algebra II, but instead take Integrated Math 1, 2 and 3. School officials say the new names are meant to underscore the district's integrated approach to math education. StateImpact (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Longer school days panned by parents, teachers in N.C. district
    Some teachers and parents in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district in North Carolina are asking the school board to reverse a schedule change made in 2011 that extended the school day for elementary-school students by 45 minutes. The change, in which the school day now ends at 4:15 p.m., was made to cut transportation costs, but teachers and parents say it has eliminated time for planning, after-school tutoring, family time and has caused other problems. The school superintendent, however, says reversing the change would be costly. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCTM News 
  • New RtI Workshop for grades 3–8 teachers
    Attend NCTM's new pre-conference workshop, April 17 in Denver, focused on response to intervention (RtI). "Multi-Tiered System of Supports: What Are Effective Interventions and Assessments?" is an all-day workshop offering support in content, instruction, and assessment for grades 3-8 teachers with learners who struggle. Participants can register for this workshop independently of the annual meeting, but space is limited to 140 attendees. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are your students the cybersecurity engineers of tomorrow?
    NCTM is collaborating with the Technology Student Association to support TEAMS, an annual competition for middle and high-school students designed to help them discover their potential for engineering. Using STEM and 21st-century learning skills, students work together to solve real-world engineering challenges and problems facing our global society. NCTM members can use the code "NCTM2013" to receive a discounted registration of 10% off the national team fee. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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