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January 31, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Researchers identify math skill that predicts later success
    First-graders who exhibit "number system knowledge" -- the understanding that a numeral is a symbol for a specific amount and the understanding of numerical relationships -- may be more successful in math in school and beyond, according to a recent University of Missouri study. Researchers say addressing this deficit in elementary school could support career readiness and stronger financial literacy in adulthood. BusinessNewsDaily.com (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to tackle the Super Bowl in the classroom
    With Super Bowl fever taking over ahead of Sunday's big game, Matt Davis, editorial assistant at Edutopia, shares seven resources in this blog post to help teachers include the game in classroom lessons. Resources include a video explaining the science behind football; ideas for using the game in math, statistics, history and writing lessons; plus a website that offers 12 Super Bowl-related activities for students. Edutopia.org/Matt Davis' blog (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
  • Pa. district ponders math curriculum change for new standards
    Elementary-school students in Haverford Township, Pa., have been using Everyday Mathematics for 15 years, but the upcoming transition to the Common Core State Standards has district officials considering new programs they say better align with the standards. Programs under consideration include Math in Focus, Singapore math and enVision Mathematics, officials told school board members during a recent meeting. DelCoNewsNetwork.com (Holmes, Pa.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Fla. education official stresses shift to critical thinking
    The Common Core State Standards demand that teachers get students asking deeper questions and thinking critically in all subjects, Pam Stewart, chancellor of public schools for the Florida Department of Education, said during a recent community forum. "It will create life-long learners because we are no longer making passive learners by the teacher disseminating the information," she said. "We're helping students discover it on their own and be able to answer questions that they never could before." TBNWeekly.com (Tampa Bay, Fla.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Girls-only computer camp connects students to female role models
    Organizers of Girls Gathering for Computer Science -- a girls-only camp held at Pacific University in Washington state -- want to inspire girls to pursue careers in the often male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Campers take field trips where they meet women who work in STEM. "When they work with female staff and meet women in the field, they can imagine themselves in those positions," said Shereen Khoja, camp director and Pacific University professor. The Oregonian (Portland) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Tenn. could limit enrollment in virtual schools
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is seeking to cap enrollment at online schools, after students who enrolled in a popular virtual school posted disappointing test results. Among other things, the proposed bill limits new virtual schools to enrolling 1,500 students. Once students have demonstrated a certain level of achievement on state exams, the virtual schools could increase enrollment to 5,000 students. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • NCTM focuses on equity: Identity and power
      
    The January 2013 Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME) is an Equity Special Issue that explores racism, sociopolitics, the "white male math myth," language diversity, and social justice, in relation to an overarching theme concerning the dual issues of equity and power. Check out the free preview article and learn more about this burning issue in mathematics education. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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