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December 17, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • 5 student stereotypes that are wrong
    Among the misconceptions people have are that all students are tech-savvy and are disengaged, or don't care about education or the world around them, according to a survey. Other misconceptions are that students are not good at communicating, low-income students can't succeed and students are not spending time outdoors. eSchool News (free registration) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to speak the language of education technology
    Education technology has a language all its own and there are terms teachers and administrators should know. In this article, writer Corey Murray shares 24 education-technology terms that should be known by all teachers and administrators. Among the terms are one-to-one learning, adaptive learning, blended learning and differentiated learning, in which technology is used to match students' individual learning styles. EdTech magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Reading is a critical life skill that provides us with enjoyment, edification and education. When students embrace reading they boost literacy, improve learning and knowledge, and prepare for the workforce. In this SmartFocus on Student Reading, veteran educators offer tips to help your students get more from reading.
  • Minn. considers changes to math requirement
    Minnesota high-school students graduating in 2015 who struggle with math could find themselves not graduating if they fail the state's exit exam. Minnesota officials developed the math exit exam in response to more students needing remediation after graduation. Some educators argue that the requirement goes too far, as it could result in 20% of students not graduating. Others say higher expectations will yield higher achievement. A panel has asked the legislature to replace the requirement with a series of tests administered throughout students' academic careers. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Can a 15-minute daily routine change your students' view of math? In Making Number Talks Matter Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker help teachers in grades 4-10 build students' confidence in their reasoning as they talk through problems in arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, and more. Read Chapter 1 online!
  • How to manage the common core outbreak
    As the winter cold season sets in, author Christopher Lehman makes a connection to what he has coined the "Common Corefluenza." In this blog post, Lehman offers some "home remedies" for addressing the maze of information within the Common Core State Standards. He suggests studying the standards, asking for demonstrations, being innovative and reflective, and avoiding spreading misinformation about the standards. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  • Mass. approaches STEM education on multiple fronts
    Massachusetts is taking steps to increase student participation in science, technology, engineering and math programs and ensure that students receive appropriate post-secondary education and training. Leaders discussed a four-point plan during a recent meeting of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, including strategies for completing STEM programs and retention of those majors. Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Ohio school districts could be issued letter grades
    The Ohio State Senate has approved legislation that would give school districts letter grades based on 15 measures of performance. The overhaul in how schools are evaluated would alter the current grading system for schools, which issues rankings from "Excellent with Distinction" to "Academic Emergency." The legislation is expected to be approved by the House, and Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • NCTM now on YouTube
    Never attended one of NCTM's conferences? Not quite sure what it's all about? Check out some video clips on NCTM's new YouTube channel. Listen to testimonials from a middle school teacher, a principal and a mathematics education professor about their firsthand experience at NCTM's Annual Meeting and Exposition. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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