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January 22, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Texas high school finds new angle for geometry education
    Geometry is much more than plotting lines on a graph at Midway High School in Waco, Texas. A class called Geometry in Construction has students dividing their time between traditional classroom instruction and hands-on application of geometry concepts in the shop area. Educators say the hybrid class meets two important goals -- making geometry fun and showing students how math applies in the real world. "When I talk about slope of lines, we talk about the pitch of a roof. When we talk about parallel lines, we talked about the walls and studs," geometry teacher Laura Veselka said. Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.D. school's students help each other with math skills
    Educators at Roncalli Primary School in Aberdeen, S.D., are taking extra steps to prepare primary-grade students for more rigorous math standards. Each Friday, kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students break into small groups after a short teacher-led lesson to help each other with math concepts and skills. School officials say it takes a extra preparation and planning among the teachers, but the results have been positive so far. Aberdeen American News (S.D.) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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"You can't learn math without making mistakes." What's Right About Wrong Answers gives you 22 activities that focus on important ideas in grades 4-5 math. Each includes a summary of the content and highlighted error, Common Core connections, redproducibles, required manipulatives, and other tools. Preview the entire book!
  • Mich. district's full-day kindergarten aims to support increased rigor
    All kindergarten students in Michigan's Midland Public Schools are attending school for a full day this year, rather than a half-day schedule. School leaders and educators say the change will allow for deeper learning in math and reading and will help better prepare students for first grade. "Kindergarten is such a crucial time period (for learning basic skills)," Carpenter Street School principal Ben Cronkright said. "... And what we've found here at Carpenter is that the extra time has allowed us to cover the curriculum but also respect how the kindergarten mind works." Midland Daily News (Mich.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga. school trains parents in common core
    Norton Park Elementary School in Smyrna, Ga., recently held evening training sessions to familiarize parents and students with new Common Core State Standards. Among other things, the workshops included for parents hands-on activities aimed at providing an understanding of the changes ahead in math, language arts and other subjects. "I wanted teachers to be able to instruct parents as if they were the students in the classroom, in what the math is and how to do it," said Jennifer Gates, the school's academic coach. The Marietta Daily Journal (Ga.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Educator calls for more focus on career pathways
    Students in Duluth, Minn., need more career guidance and choices, former educator and school administrator Tony Stauber writes in this commentary. He suggests career planning that meets students' individual needs as one way to increase graduation rates. To that end, Stauber recommends that schools administer vocational-aptitude tests and then provide support to help students understand and apply the results to future decision-making. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: NYC school's program can serve as model for others
    The Pathways in Technology Early College High School program in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been receiving the attention of state and national education officials, writes Stanley Litow, IBM's vice president for corporate citizenship and corporate affairs and former deputy chancellor of schools for New York City. The high school's model is a six-year program that incorporates a community college curriculum and results in a high-school diploma and an associate's degree in applied computer science. "By working together, educators and employers can prepare larger and larger numbers of students to take the good jobs that we know are available in our city," Litow writes. Daily News (New York) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Students' test scores to be used to evaluate L.A. teachers
    Members of United Teachers Los Angeles have approved a teacher-evaluation method based in part on students' test scores. However, the deal limits the use of controversial value-added data and instead will measure teachers' effectiveness based on raw state test scores, district assessments and high-school exit exams, as well as attendance, graduation, suspensions and course-completion rates. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Cutting to the "common core" in mathematics
    Immerse yourself in two days of professional development focused on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) for the middle grades. In this new Interactive Institute for grades 6-8 educators, you'll discover strategies to align your instruction with CCSSM and learn more about the mathematics content of the middle-grades Common Core domains. Register by February 15. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Become an advocate for mathematics
    Celebrate the mathematics learning that is taking place in your school. Plan a schoolwide math bulletin board, and display student work. Collaborate with other teachers so that each gets a turn. Share your experiences (for example, math fairs or family nights) with the local newspaper. Letting others know about your school may result in a tremendous boost to your school's mathematics program, and ultimately more funding as well. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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