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February 27, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Music, games enhance math learning in Wyo. school
    Parents of kindergartners in a Wyoming elementary school learned more about how games can reinforce math learning during a math-themed parent night. Students preformed a math musical and everyone gathered to play some of the games teachers are using in their classrooms. "It's important that we're instilling a love of math early," teacher Marti Derringer said. "They're only going to be better mathematicians if they think it's fun and exciting and engaging." Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to inspire student leadership
    Students of all backgrounds can be empowered to become leaders, middle-school math teacher and coach José Vilson writes in this blog post. He writes how his own students recently decided to take the lead in raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief. Vilson suggests that teachers frame the lesson as a story, feel comfortable with silence if students do not respond immediately and encourage students to be independent.é Vilson's blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A Personalized Approach to the Common Core
In ALEKS, each student receives personalized instruction on math content aligned to the Common Core, while automated reports provide instructionally actionable data on student progress toward standards mastery. Listen to a FREE recording of the “ALEKS and the Common Core” webinar to learn how you can easily transition to the CCSS in math with ALEKS.
  • Plan for increased rigor for all is approved by Ill. school board
    A Illinois school board recently approved a plan to eliminate exclusive gifted-education programs for elementary- and middle-school students and to raise academic expectations across the board for students in math and language arts. Some board members raised concerns about the effect these changes will have on struggling students, but others maintained it's the right move. "We must expect more from our kids in this highly competitive, dynamic world that we're catapulting them into," said board member Marty Turek. and Clarendon Hills (2/25) 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 for details!
  • Kan. schools chief backs common core amid opposition
    The Common Core State Standards will better prepare students for college and the workplace by training them in "higher-level thinking," says Jana Shaver, Kansas State Board of Education chairwoman. In this interview, the former teacher counters arguments again the common core, saying the state participated in the creation of the standards and did not face federal pressure to adopt them. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Unleash students’ creativity with coding & STEAM
We can't prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, but we can ensure they are future-ready. In an increasingly automated world, learning code won't be enough — what students are able to DO with code will be what matters. Learn more on how to use STEAM & coding to turn students into creative problem-solvers.
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Duncan: AmeriCorps to help reduce high dropout rate
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Monday a program in which AmeriCorps members would be dispatched to 60 of the country's most severely struggling schools to help reduce dropout rates. AmeriCorps members participating in the three-year, $15 million program also will work to improve student achievement and help put students on the path to college. The announcement comes after the release of a report showing the devastating economic impact high-school dropouts have on communities, including the annual loss of $1.8 billion in tax revenue. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Orchestrating productive mathematics discussions
    Learn the five practices for facilitating effective inquiry-oriented classrooms: anticipating what students will do -- the strategies that they will use -- in solving a problem; monitoring their work as they approach the problem in class; selecting students whose strategies are worth discussing in class; sequencing those students' presentations to maximize their potential to increase students' learning; connecting the strategies and ideas in ways that help students understand the mathematics learned. Includes a professional development guide. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Using research to improve instruction
    NCTM's new Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education will replace the NCTM Yearbooks. The first APME volume, "Using Research to Improve Instruction," will focus on bringing research to practice and practice to research in mathematics education. Submit your manuscript that discusses research projects and collaborations that present findings and information that are relevant to both researchers and practitioners. Read more about general guidelines for preparing articles. Thinking about submitting a chapter? The Intention to Submit form is due March 1. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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