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December 24, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Calif. school club aims to encourage girls' love of math
    Female students at Hendrick Ranch Elementary School in Moreno Valley, Calif., have an opportunity to learn about careers that use math, thanks to the Girls Love Math club. Club sponsor and math teacher Tonna Dagenhart invites professionals to talk to students and engages club members with projects related to geometric design and rocketry. "Research shows that girls have a tendency to back away or dummy down their math abilities during their middle school years," Dagenhart said. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Curriculum 
  • Mass., Singapore students learn math using similar program
    Students at Howe-Manning Elementary School in Middleton, Mass., are learning math using a program called "Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach," the American version of a math curriculum known to students in Singapore as "My Pals Are Here." Individuals from the publishing company that produces the Singapore version recently observed a math class at Howe-Manning to find out how U.S. students are using the program. After the lesson, students watched a video of Singapore students learning similar concepts. Wicked Local/Tri-Town Transcript (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Tech standards issued to help districts with common core testing
    The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two consortia designing curricula and assessments for Common Core State Standards, released on Friday its "minimum specifications" and "recommended" technology guidelines for testing under common core. The guidelines address such areas as acceptable screen sizes and devices permissible for the testing, plus the types of security needed regarding Internet access, cameras and other device features. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium earlier this month released its own list of technology requirements and recommendations. Education Week/Digital Education blog (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • New approach to teaching can boost student interest in STEM
    Engaging students in science, technology, engineering and math requires more than classroom lectures and traditional textbooks. To get students to see the fascinating potential of chemistry, robotics and other subjects, schools need to connect students with working scientists and innovators, as well as take advantage of STEM immersion programs and opportunities available through local museums, zoos and aquariums, Stephen Coan, president of the Sea Research Foundation, writes in this blog post. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCTM News 
  • NCTM's last week of gift giving
      
    We hope that you have enjoyed your NCTM holiday perks thus far! In our last installment of our 4 Weeks of Giving promotion, we are continuing to offer some great deals that will allow you to treat yourself, as well as help you in your profession. It's our way of saying thank you for being a member this past year. This week, from December 24 to 30, save $25 off full individual membership, $15 off e-membership and $8 off student and emeritus memberships. Enter code HD12D at checkout to get your offer! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Calling all grades 6–8 teachers
      
    Registration and housing are now open for "Cutting to the 'Common Core' in Mathematics" -- NCTM's new Interactive Institute for grade 6-8 educators. Join us in Orlando, February 27 to 28, to learn strategies that will help you align your instruction with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and increase your knowledge of mathematics content related to the common core domains for the middle grades. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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