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November 7, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Teachers blend fun, education with tech-based games
    Teachers in a West Virginia school district say they are using more technology and games to engage students in academic lessons. Educators say schools must adapt and compete for students' attention with technology, including social media and smartphones. Students at Emerson Elementary School use the online program "Study Island," in which students answer questions and play games that involve math, reading, science and social studies. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (W.Va.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • States consider stepping up teacher-education programs
    Officials in 20 states are considering modeling their teacher-education programs after a rigorous one adopted in Tennessee. Under the model, teacher candidates are required to pass an evaluation, called edTPA, which is similar to the national boards. "It's sometimes called the junior national board because it requires high-level thinking, analyzing, synthesizing. You must truly demonstrate you have the knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher," said Jennifer Nelson, of the University of Memphis. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How can you tap the power of the Mathematical Practices? Common Core Sense provides a practical framework for incorporating the Practices into daily instruction for grades K-5—defining the goals, describing what proficient students do, and recommending actions teachers can take to make each practice a powerful part of their math classrooms. Preview the entire book!
  Curriculum 
 
  • Including iPads in school-improvement plan
    A Minnesota school district is investing in more classroom technology as part of its efforts to improve student achievement. That push, which includes a focus on literacy, as well as science, technology, engineering and math, was seen recently when second-grade teachers were given iPads to use in class. All the iPads are synched and include the same suite of applications, including Everyday Mathematics Monster Squeeze, which teachers recently introduced to students. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Standards 
  • What does Pa. survey say about understanding of common core?
    The majority of the 600 Pennsylvania residents polled for a recent survey said they had never heard of the Common Core State Standards. Of the 20% that had heard of the common core, support was mixed. However, the survey found that most respondents are in favor of a single set of standards. Veteran education reporter Catherine Gewertz in this blog post wonders if other states hold similar views. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • University of Houston launches pre-engineering program
    To meet the staffing needs of local companies, the University of Houston is investing more time in training engineers even before they graduate high school. "The pre-engineering program allows students to register for engineering undecided and take advanced math and science, (since) their high school transcripts may not meet UH's requirements," Vita P. Como, senior director of professional development said. "If they do well in the pre-engineering program, they will be admitted to the engineering program." Houston Chronicle (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apply now for MET grants
    NCTM members are invited to apply for NCTM's Mathematics Education Trust winter cycle of grants, scholarships and awards. Funding is available to help mathematics educators improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. MET applications (winter cycle) and the NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award nominations are due this Friday, Nov 9. More info. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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