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January 3, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

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  • 12-point plan helps Minn. charter school overcome obstacles
    Friendship Academy in Minnesota serves a high-poverty student population and once was seen as an underperforming school. However, school officials report students are making significant progress since adopting a 12-point improvement plan that includes more technology, data-driven instruction, parent outreach and hands-on learning. MinnPost.com (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ariz. educator uses movement, songs to teach math
    Students sing, dance and perform skits to learn math concepts in Alicia Behrens' fifth-grade class at Desert Willow Elementary School in Casa Grande, Ariz. During a recent class, students learned the order of operations to the tune of "We Will Rock You," and took on different personas, such as Albert Einstein, to demonstrate how to solve problems on the board. "When they can tie movement and actions or song to math operations, it not only motivates them to learn, but it helps them learn those standards in a more concrete way," principal Jennifer Murrieta said. Casa Grande Valley Newspapers (Ariz.)/Casa Grande Dispatch (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Illinois School System Implements New Digital Math Textbooks
Using Math Techbook, New Lenox School District 122 was able to develop more inquiry-based lessons, teach higher-order thinking skills and incorporate real-world problems into their math classes.
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  Curriculum 
 
  • Intensive questioning builds math skills, enthusiasm
    Teachers in Detroit say students' attitudes about math have changed dramatically since they implemented a 15-week program in which teachers pepper students with questions -- allowing them to back up their answers -- rather than giving them the solutions. The program is operated through the nonprofit Project SEED, which sends trained math specialists to teach high-level math in urban districts where students may be struggling with the subject. The Detroit News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The PD video How Did You Solve That? takes you and your staff into two primary classrooms where small-group math meetings deepen student understanding and lead to more effective and efficient problem-solving strategies. Preview two video clips now!

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  STEM 
  • What role can STEM play in early education?
    Teaching elementary-school students how science and engineering concepts relate to real-world applications is just as important as building those students' reading and basic math skills, writes education consultant Doug Haller. In this blog post, Haller lists ways educators can incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into their elementary-school classrooms. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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