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March 14, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • 10 software programs changing math instruction
    Software programs aimed at enhancing K-12 math education share some key features, such as tailoring lessons to students' individual needs and providing student performance data to parents and teachers. This article lists 10 programs that go above and beyond in changing how students learn math. For example, ST Math from MIND Research Institute aims to build students' spatial-temporal (ST) reasoning. IXL Math includes lessons that cover more than 2,000 math skills with added elements to boost student motivation. District Administration magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Using interactive games to teach students about money
    Games can be used to improve students' understanding of money, writes Andrew Miller, an educational consultant and online educator. In anticipation of Financial Literacy Month in April, Miller shares a list of games, compiled by Ohio educator Brian Page. In one game, students -- or players -- manage a "day club" for vampires, while another game, Financial Football, allows students to score points by correctly answering financial questions. Miller's blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Professional learning at your fingertips
Designed by experts Diane J. Briars and Timothy D. Kanold, Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, Grades 3—8, shows you how to implement the CCSS for mathematics and drive learning results. You’ll find this online course packed with critical insight, plus the latest strategies and tips for raising student achievement. Enroll today!
  • Pi Day offers time to ponder pluses, minuses of math requirements
    Today's date, 3-14, makes it a convenient day to celebrate the math concept of Pi. It also provides an opportunity to consider not only how much math instruction students receive, but the focus of that instruction, editorial writer Linda P. Campbell notes in this article, adding that Texas lawmakers are considering reducing the number of years students must take math. She contends it's not the number of years, but the relevancy of math to students' lives that is the key to better math education. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

Upgrade your walls and your instruction with this new set of 8 shapes posters by Christopher Danielson, author of Which One Doesn't Belong? These posters spark curiosity, creativity, and conversations, prevent misconceptions, and move beyond treating geometry as vocabulary to memorize. Teacher's guide included. Grades K-12. Get details here!
  • Will common core's more rigorous standards hurt at-risk students?
    Many math teachers see the Common Core State Standards as a positive development -- bringing higher expectations and a greater focus on deeper learning to the math curriculum -- but some educators are concerned that the new standards may present challenges for students who already are struggling in math. "Every time I talk to other teachers, this issue comes up," said Silvestre Arcos, founding math teacher at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, which is a charter school in New York City. "The big question is, how do we build up these advanced skills with kids who come in behind?" Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (3/13) 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.
  • STEM students share inspirations, advice
    A panel of students interested in science, technology, engineering and math told audience members at the fifth annual Urban Education Institute at North Carolina A&T why they are pursuing STEM careers and shared ideas for sparking more interest in these fields. High-school senior Gerrell Bynum was motivated to pursue a STEM education because he wanted to know how his favorite video games worked. A&T biology major Phillip Thomas said helping younger students identify STEM career possibilities can make a huge difference in their lives. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Kan. board of education at odds with lawmakers over common core
    Statewide math and reading standards have become a highly political matter in Kansas. The board of education is contending that any decision about standards should fall to the board and not lawmakers, who have proposed a bill that would do away with the board's plans to adopt Common Core State Standards. The board recently sent a letter to the governor and lawmakers attempting to clarify who can make decisions about state education standards. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Your NCTM institutional subscription provides your institution, faculty, or students with leading resources in mathematics education. Stay up-to-date on research, development, and tested, effective practices as well as the ongoing effort to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. NCTM offers electronic-only and print + electronic subscriptions through the JSTOR Current Scholarship Program. Subscribers have the option to access publications -- complete run on JSTOR -- from the first issue through the most recent issue. With all the archival and current content available on a single platform, NCTM subscribers will enjoy easy access on a robust platform with powerful discovery and linking features to aid their teaching and research. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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