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January 8, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Teachers offer strategies for better math instruction
    How can educators become better at teaching math? English and social studies teacher Larry Ferlazzo asked teachers to weigh in on this question in a recent blog post. Educators offered a range of answers, including being more open-minded in the way teachers assess students, looking for consistency in student answers and re-evaluating classroom management. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech developers recruited to boost middle-school math scores
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Dennis Walcott have launched the App Gap Challenge, in which software developers create applications aimed to help middle-school students learn math. "Students who fall behind in middle school math are likely to remain behind through high school and less likely to graduate ready for college," Bloomberg said. GothamSchools.org (New York) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
 
  • Teachers incorporate video games into their lessons
    Teachers in many parts of the country are using video games such as "World of Warcraft" and "Angry Birds" to help teach students about math, language arts and other subjects. For example, Tim Chartier, an associate professor of math at Davidson College in North Carolina, once taught a teacher seminar explaining that "Angry Birds" uses a parabola for one of the birds' trajectory. This inspired Kristianna Luce, a math teacher at North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, N.C., to incorporate "Angry Birds" in her algebra classes and create a blog and webinar on the topic. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Standards 
 
  • Common core transition challenges Ariz. educators
    Educators in Arizona say they are in the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards, but the rapid pace of change has some teachers worried they will not be ready by fall. Questions also remain about the cost of adopting the common core and assessments. While teachers have received some training and are trying to prepare, many say they are unsure if they will be ready. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  STEM 
 
  • Teachers, parents fuel scientific curiosity
    Children who show an interest in the world around them, particularly when it comes to things such as nature and technology, should be encouraged to develop that curiosity at home and at school. "Parents play a critical role in encouraging their children's interest in science," said Carol Pearson, who is the professional-development director for The Einstein Project in Green Bay, Wis. "Teachers play a role too -- it is really the partnership between the school and parents that really works the best to provide the environments for a student to learn about science." Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
 
  • N.C. schools prepare for more testing in multiple subjects
    Social studies, science and pre-calculus are among the subjects that will be assessed as part of the Common Exams, the set of assessments North Carolina public schools plan to use with the Common Core State Standards. While the Durham district has tried to reduce the number of tests students take each year, the transition to the common core will bring the new exams to assess teachers, along with mandates added by state lawmakers such as a graduation requirement for CPR. The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) (free registration) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  NCTM News 
  • MTMS 2014 focus issue: Rational number sense
      
    Manuscripts are still being accepted this week for the 2014 Focus Issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, "Rational Number Sense." What does it take for students to make sense of rational numbers? Why do students struggle with rational numbers, and how can middle-grades teachers address these difficulties? Share your ideas! Learn more and submit your manuscript. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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