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December 19, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Is participation in pre-K programs key to higher math scores?
    Third-graders in the nation's capital haven't posted gains in standardized math scores since 2007, according to a recent report by D.C. Action for Children, a nonprofit. The report questions whether policies put into place five years ago are working. While officials say the report offers too narrow a look at the issue, they agree with its recommendation that the city should increase its efforts to provide quality preschool programs for all children as a means of increasing math and reading performance. The Washington Post (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ideas to get parents on board with tech in the classroom
    Parents might question the need to use technology in the classroom, but emphasizing the career skills students will learn can help bring them around, educator Jennifer Carey writes in this blog post. Carey presents ideas on getting parent buy-in such as emphasizing the skills students learn as they use computers and tablets for projects. "While a parent might balk at their child learning to 'make a movie,' they all want their child to develop core skill-sets that will help them both in school and 'the real world' of college and careers," Carey writes. Powerful Learning Practice (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"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!
  • Self-paced math program seeks to enhance elementary curriculum
    The MIND Research Institute has launched a self-paced math lab that features an animated penguin facing a variety of math-related challenges. The Spatial Temporal Math program is in place at Robert Gisler Elementary School in Fountain Valley, Calif., and is aligned with Common Core State Standards. "We are thrilled and very appreciative of the continued support the Fountain Valley School District receives from Hyundai Motor America," said Marc Ecker, superintendent of the district. "Their contributions to our ST Math program have provided additional resources for our students, enabling them to meet the rigorous California State Standards in mathematics." T.H.E. Journal (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers' unions collaborate on common core resources
    The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association and their teachers are working to develop tools to help implement Common Core State Standards, education reporter Catherine Gewertz writes in this blog post. Those tools will be posted online on the Student Achievement Partners' website. The three-year project is funded through an $11 million charitable grant. While there are few specifics about the type of tools that will be made available, organizers say teachers have requested help in building "coherent text sets." Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students embark on international science mission
    Three middle-school students are participating in a medical mission to the jungles of Nicaragua to help the Rama Indians as part of the education program Exploration Nation. The program is designed to illustrate the positive effect of science and how children are getting involved. "We want to send a message to kids that science isn't just about getting a better job and making more money," said Enzo Monfre, team captain and creator of Exploration Nation. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • 25 states to reform teacher-prep programs
    Teacher preparation is likely to be a major focus for policymakers in the new year, observers say following an announcement Friday that school chiefs in 25 states intend to make changes to the way new teachers are trained and licensed. Participating states will work to implement recommendations contained in a reported released by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Among other things, the group suggests that teacher-certification standards be aligned with "college- and career-ready standards." Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCTM News 
  • Facebook group for new teachers
    Are you new to teaching mathematics? Currently a pre-service or an in-service teacher? Perhaps a career switcher? Although you are indeed unique, you are not alone. A new Facebook group, hosted by NCTM, offers a safe place to share lessons and tips, receive support from experts in the field, and try your luck with brainteasers and contests. This group is closed, so only those who have been invited or accepted can view or respond to posts. Join by December 21 to be entered for a chance to win an $81 NCTM gift certificate -- which can be used toward a full membership! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Looking for ideas and tools to help you in the classroom?
    NCTM's online resources for each grade band can help you get ready to go back to school after the holidays. These resources include math problems, advice on instruction and lessons with handouts. You'll find topics on numbers and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement, and pre-calculus and trigonometry. Find these and more. Get Lessons and Resources. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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