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February 5, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Modeling helps NYC educators connect math to real life
    Educators in several New York City schools are using modeling -- a method in which students apply mathematical concepts to real-world problems -- to engage students and meet requirements under the Common Core State Standards. In one lesson, a teacher asked students to read newspaper articles that included statistics and then evaluate the raw data to determine if the reporting was accurate. Other lessons involved students designing hats from paper, evaluating electoral votes and considering ways to increase wages without reducing profits. GothamSchools.org (New York) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
  • Calif. to offer eighth-grade algebra as option under common core
    California has abandoned a 15-year policy of expecting eighth-grade students to take Algebra I, a decision made as part of its efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards. Under the new policy, schools will offer two math tracks, one including algebra and one with an alternate course. Supporters of the change say not all middle-school students are ready for algebra, while opponents question whether the new practice will mean students are taking less-rigorous courses. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weekly math problems help prepare NYC students for exams
    Students in one New York City school are getting extra math practice through the school's Problem of the Week initiative. In this article, City Year New York Corps member Robin Krosinsky explains the process. Students can submit answers to a new question posted each week, and winners are rewarded with lunch with the group organizing the project. "We have had three full weeks of problems, and over 267 submissions from students -- 131 of which were correct," she writes. Good Magazine (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  STEM 
  • Report: STEM interest is not always sustained in high school
    Many high-school freshmen who express an interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math lose their enthusiasm by senior year, according to a recent report. A key to boosting interest in STEM fields is demonstrating the connection between those subjects in school and the variety of related jobs and careers that await students after high school or college, STEM leaders said during a recent town hall meeting. U.S. News & World Report (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Technology raises questions over ownership of teachers' work
    Teachers' lesson plans and students' class work would belong to the school district -- not the teacher or the student -- under a proposed copyright policy under consideration in Prince George's County, Md. The policy was developed to address the use of district technology by teachers to create curricula but also applies to lessons and materials developed using teachers' own materials on their own time. Critics say the unusual policy stifles creative endeavors and infringes on students' and teachers' rights. The Washington Post (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • What's all this talk about rigor?
    In a recent conversation that NCTM President Linda Gojak had with a group of math coaches working with elementary teachers on implementation of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics, the discussion turned to a description of rigor in the classroom. The coaches commented that many of their teachers were confused by exactly what was meant by teaching and learning with rigor. The coaches weren't sure how to respond. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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