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December 27, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Canadian schools' buddy program supports math, reading
    Some elementary-school students in the Vancouver area who struggle in math and reading are getting extra help from local high-school and university students. The new program called Learning Buddies provides about 150 volunteers to 15 schools, with more school sites to come. "Because it's young adults [teaching], they feel a sense of belonging, a little bit of bonding. They become happier learners, more motivated learners," Renfrew Elementary School teacher Leah Wong said. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Curriculum 
  Standards 
  • Common core finds acceptance in Fla.
    Florida's adoption of the Common Core State Standards has largely been met with the support of teachers, lawmakers and others. While officials in the state have been at odds with teachers over other reforms, including teachers' evaluations and private school vouchers, officials say the common core transition has been relatively smooth. Primary concerns relate to timing, structure and implementation of the new standards. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.)/The Associated Press (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Ohio students apply STEM skills to race cars
    STEM teacher Jason Freudenberg has found a fun, hands-on project to help students at Austintown Middle School in Youngstown, Ohio, better understand some real-world applications for math, physics, engineering and design. Freudenberg received a grant that will fund development of three official Soap Box Derby cars to be entered in the All-American Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge in 2013. The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Md. high school returns to final round of global competition
    A team of students from River Hill High School in Maryland is preparing for the championship round of the Zero Robotics High School Tournament, a global competition that was won last year by a team of high schools that included River Hill. The competition challenges high-school students from around the globe to develop programs to run on satellites on the international space station. The Baltimore Sun (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • At what age should children enroll in kindergarten?
    The cutoff date for children in Tennessee to enroll in kindergarten has been moved back. Under the change approved by state legislation, in the 2014-15 school year, children must be 5 years old by Aug. 15 to enroll -- earlier than the current cutoff of Aug. 31. The previous deadline was Sept. 30. The move is part of a trend emerging nationwide in which districts -- and parents -- are in favor of giving students more time to mature before enrolling in kindergarten. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Join Mayim Bialik in Denver
      
    In a brief video, Mayim Bialik gives a quick overview of her upcoming presentation in the Opening Session at NCTM's 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition. Join us in Denver to sharpen your skills, acquire new techniques and learn from innovative practitioners and experts in the field. Gain practical solutions to the challenges you face in your classroom, school or district every day. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."
--William Butler Yeats,
Irish poet and playwright


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