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January 2, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • New app aims to prepare Fla. students for year-end algebra exam
    High-school students in Florida must pass a year-end Algebra I assessment to graduate, and now they can access some extra help when getting ready for the test. The University of Florida and Study Edge have joined forces to create Algebra Nation, a free online application that includes instructional videos and supplemental material. The Gainesville Sun (Fla.) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pediatricians: Recess is crucial to child development
    Withholding recess time as a form of punishment or for academic reasons may be detrimental to child development, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement. Aside from improvements in children's attentiveness and behavior in school, safe, supervised recess gives them a chance for unstructured play and social interaction and creativity, the group said. USA Today (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News

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!
  • Mexican math curriculum draws interest in Ariz.
    A new math program created for schools in Mexico that uses a laboratory-like setting to teach math concepts has caught the attention of education officials in the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Ariz. MetroMatemáticas, which uses tools from fields such as aerospace and manufacturing, may be one way to prepare students for careers in those and other high-skill areas, Superintendent Manuel L. Isquierdo said. Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will common core exams add to an already heavy testing calendar?
    In some states like Texas and Tennessee, students will have taken more than 30 standardized tests by the time they graduate, and the Common Core State Standards are likely to increase these numbers, middle-school teacher Daniel Dawer writes. As an alternative, Dawer suggests that education officials consider the role portfolio- and performance-based assessments can play in assessing students' knowledge. PolicyMic (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. district pilots middle-school computer science course
    The Champaign, Ill., school district, with the support of community partners and the University of Illinois, has a pilot program to teach computer programming to students at Jefferson Middle School. "They're understanding that you're going to encounter different types of software or technology where the answer might not be right in front of you," science tech teacher Jessica Pitcher said. "They have to use their resources to find where the answer might be." The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • Pittsburgh board to vote on teacher evaluation plan
    Teachers in Pennsylvania during the 2013-14 school year will be evaluated based on classroom observations and "multiple measures of student achievement," according to a new state law. Now, Pittsburgh is expected to be the first district to implement a new method for evaluating teachers that complies with the law. Under the district's proposal, tentatively set for a school board vote on Jan. 23, half of teachers' evaluations will be based on building-level results, teacher-specific data and "elective data," which will typically include student surveys about their teachers' performance. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Algebra readiness for every student
    Immerse yourself in two and a half days of professional development dedicated to algebra readiness, and walk away with practical methods to prepare your students for success. NCTM's Interactive Institute in New Orleans offers a variety of activities and instructional techniques to give your students opportunities to develop strong algebraic reasoning skills. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • NCTM research journal focuses on equity
    The "Journal for Research in Mathematics Education" January 2013 issue discusses how issues of equity play out in today's mathematics classrooms. Articles focus on identity and power, racism, sociopolitical concepts and more. JRME is just one of the many benefits of NCTM membership. Want to know more about this NCTM journal? Check out a past issue in its entirety, and join online to start receiving your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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