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November 13, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Schools face challenges in adopting blended learning
    In this blog post, Michael Horn, co-founder of the nonprofit think tank Innosight Institute, writes about the challenges of adopting blended learning, including the failure of online-learning technology to keep pace with districts' changing needs. Schools that have adopted blended-learning programs generally do so in one of two ways, using one software provider to keep things simple or using several providers, which allows for more customization, he writes. Forbes (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How teachers can avoid power struggles with students
    Deal with student disruptions quickly -- but wait until the end of class to privately discuss it with the student and address potential consequences -- to avoid power struggles during class, education consultant and author Allen Mendler writes in this blog post. Mendler recommends teachers avoid stopping instructing in response to student behavior. However, teachers should explain this strategy to students at the beginning of the year and ensure them there are consequences to bad behavior, even when meted in private. Mendler's blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Hands-on learning reinforces math skills in younger students
    Blocks, discs and plastic animals all are being used in elementary-school classrooms to help students understand the concepts of addition and subtraction. Adam Normand, math curriculum coordinator at Fort Wayne Community Schools, suggests parents use these and other hands-on manipulatives, including household items such as tape measures, to reinforce skills at home. The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Ill. schools begin transition to common core math
    Thee Common Core State Standards for Mathematics means high-school students in Illinois are learning some new concepts this year as teachers get ready for the 2014 curriculum. "We cannot sit back and wait till the common core is fully implemented on state testing before we start teaching the material and getting our students ready for it," Quincy Senior High School math teacher Todd Klauser said. KHQA-TV (Quincy, Ill.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • How should college- and career-ready be defined?
    While education leaders are focused on ensuring that students graduate from high school "college- and career-ready," officials in Kansas say the term has yet to be formally defined. Now, the state's Board of Education is considering a standard definition to guide educational decision-making. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Common core, assessment, and more in Chicago
    Join us in Chicago, Nov. 28 to 30, for the last of NCTM's three 2012 Regional Conferences and Expositions, our signature fall math education events. More than 200 sessions and workshops focusing on Common Core State Standards, classroom uses of technology, response to intervention, differentiated instruction, assessment and other topics await you in Chicago. Use the online conference planner to search the complete program for workshops and sessions by grade level, speaker, topic, or day. Take advantage of this professional development opportunity -- register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Did you know that NCTM provides grants and scholarships?
    NCTM offers grants and scholarships through the Mathematics Education Trust (MET). The MET program supports mathematics teaching and learning through the funding of teacher-initiated efforts that benefit all children. MET provides funds to support current classroom teachers and prospective teachers in improving classroom practices and increasing mathematical knowledge. E-mail for details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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