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January 28, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Free online math course appeals to more than Wis. students
    A free online math course offered by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is drawing interest from more than college-bound Wisconsin students. The course -- covering algebra and geometry -- starts today and registrants include students ages 11 to 83 from all over the world. "Truly, I didn't think that many people were interested in developmental math," said Maggie McHugh, the university math instructor leading online lectures. La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students spend a day getting hands-on lessons in financial literacy
    After spending five weeks in their math and social studies classes learning about gross and net income, investing and other money matters, eighth-grade students then spend a day at the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Fairfax County, Va. The students take on the roles of working adults and parents, moving from station to station, to confront real-world challenges such as buying a home and a car along with making other spending and investment decisions. The Washington Post (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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!
  • Anchorage schools make changes in K-8 math curriculum
    In response to parental complaints about the elementary-school math curriculum, Everyday Math, the Anchorage School District recently decided to replace the program with Go Math! The district also opted to return the middle-school math curriculum to a more traditional program, so the Big Ideas curriculum will replace Mathscape. "It was clear that parents and the community didn't support the district's current math program and a change had to be made," superintendent Jim Browder said. Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) (free registration) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Hands-on science in a digital world
Science education is no longer confined to the pages of a textbook. Students are interacting with science concepts through physical objects and digital platforms, and using this knowledge to solve real-world issues. Get insights for making this work in your classroom in this SmartFocus on Hands-on Science.
  • Is the common core too challenging for kindergartners?
    In the transition to the Common Core State Standards, teachers in some New York schools say the enhanced curriculum is too demanding for kindergarten students. Under the standards, young students are expected to demonstrate algebraic thinking, write reports and use diagrams in completing math equations. Some educators say the challenging curriculum has eliminated some time for puzzles, games, coloring and other play. New York Post (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Calif. college boosts STEM opportunities for area students
    Santiago Canyon College in Orange, Calif., has expanded its science, technology, engineering and math programs by opening a 60,000-square-foot science center and starting STEM programs for the Orange Unified School District, Juan Vázquez, the college's president, writes in this guest column. Students in the school district now have access to after-school programs and activities on Saturdays through the college's Upward Bound Math and Science program. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Ind. considers linking students' test scores to college aid
    The Indiana General Assembly's House Education Committee recently approved a bill that would tie state financial aid to student performance on state exams. Under the bill, students who do not pass the exams will be ineligible for state financial aid. Supporters say they believe the legislation will help ensure students are better prepared for college and require less remediation, while critics said the bill could harm nontraditional students who don't go to college immediately after high school. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • 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

  • Free ASA/NCTM statistics education publication
    Statistics Teacher Network (STN) is a free newsletter published by the American Statistical Association and the NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K-12. Read the latest news in statistics education or submit articles and announcements. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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