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November 1, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Can math problems trigger physical sense of threat?
    A recent study found similar neural activity occurs in individuals with high math anxiety and those facing physical harm. Researchers using brain-imaging technology studied subjects' neural patterns when faced with a fear-inducing math problem. "I'm really interested in understanding the source of the anxiety so that we can help all students perform up to their best in this important area," said Sian Beilock, a University of Chicago researcher and an author of the study. CNN/The Chart blog/The Chart (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  Curriculum 
 
  • New math curriculum in Conn. challenges students, teachers
    Parents in Fairfield, Conn., question whether a new math curriculum requiring deeper understanding and group learning is right for their children. District officials defended these instructional methods during a recent board meeting, while also acknowledging it's more work for teachers and students. "We want all kids to be engaged. The key word ... is thinking," explained Paul Rasmussen, Fairfield Public Schools' math curriculum leader for sixth to 12th grades. Fairfield Minuteman (Conn.) (10/31) 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!
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  Standards 
 
  • Common core math demands critical thinking
    In the era of Common Core State Standards, it's not enough for students to show their work when solving math problems, says Heather Barnes, a math teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School in Louisville, Ky. "They want them to understand why they are doing the things they are doing. They want them to be able to explain why they're doing what they're doing and not just explain it but justify why they are doing it," she notes. WAVE-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
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  STEM 
  • Ohio district becomes international model for innovation
    Educators worldwide are visiting a school district in Ohio to learn more about its innovative approach to personalized instruction, college- and career-readiness as well as science, technology, engineering and math education. Among other things, the district partners with outside organizations, includes technology in classroom lessons and helps prepare students for life after high school through career academies. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • 5 states seek federal grants for early-learning programs
    The five states eligible to compete in the second round of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge all have applied for a share of $133 million in federal grants. Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin have applied for the funding, which is to be spent on reforms tied to improving early learning. The program, which launched last year, awarded funding to nine states in its first round. T.H.E. Journal (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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