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January 24, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Minn. program uses active learning in preschool math, science lessons
    Educators at Moorhead Community Education's Early Childhood Family Education program in Minnesota say introducing preschool students to basic math and science concepts through play can provide a good foundation for kindergarten. The center offers classes for children as young as 2 years old in which they learn about counting, sorting, math games and more. "Math and science particularly lend themselves to those activities because they are so hands-on and concrete," center director Lauri Winterfeldt said. The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
  • A return to the basics in math lessons is sought by some Pa. parents
    Parents in a Pennsylvania district are seeking to couple an elementary-school math curriculum they say focuses too little on basic skills with other teaching methods. The current "Investigations in Number, Data and Space" curriculum, critics say, breaks problems into parts, rather than teaching long division and carrying and borrowing in addition. The curriculum calls for teaching certain algorithms in fourth and fifth grade, which some parents say is too late. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • Technology needs are a concern in transition to common core
    A recent survey conducted by the Missouri Association of School Administrators finds that officials in many districts are concerned about the implementation of technology requirements under the Common Core State Standards. Among the concerns are a lack of accommodations needed to administer computer-based tests, insufficient hardware and a lack of bandwidth needed to accommodate online testing. Education Week/Digital Education blog (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Video-game technology may play bigger role in STEM education
    Future engineers and urban planners may get their first introduction to those careers by playing video games at school now that SimCityEDU has developed a classroom version of the game for educators to teach students about various topics, including science, technology, engineering and math. SimCity maker Electronic Arts has plans to incorporate teacher feedback into the initiative, which also will be aligned with elements of the Common Core State Standards. Mashable (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas high-school students build a real airplane
    Students in the aerospace engineering program at Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas, are building a light sport airplane. Retired pilots have been recruited as volunteers to help the students, many of whom plan to go onto careers as engineers or pilots themselves. KTRK-TV (Houston) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Tenn. seeks to make teachers' evaluations more fair
    Officials in the Tennessee Department of Education are working on legislation that would reduce the importance of schoolwide test scores in the evaluations of school librarians and educators who teach subjects not tested by state exams, such as music. Currently, 35% of teachers' evaluations are determined using such schoolwide test scores -- affecting decisions regarding tenure and compensation. At issue, supporters say, is that many teachers, particularly elementary-school teachers, are evaluated based on the performance of students they did not teach. The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Reasoning and Proof: Is it true? Convince me!
      
    Explore Reasoning and Proof, NCTM's professional development Focus of the Year for 2012-13. Throughout the year, we will offer opportunities for you to learn more about the topic. Help your students work at higher levels of generalization, model and solve complex problems, and be more logical in their decision-making. A collection of resources will be available for each grade band, and this year's focus will be explored more deeply at NCTM conferences. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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