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December 4, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Analog clocks offer a lesson in time
    Some schools in Detroit are installing more analog clocks -- rather than digital clocks -- to help teach students to tell time the old-fashioned way. Such concepts, educators say, are important to help students learn to understand time and also develop math skills. "In first grade, we have connected number lines to the numbers around an analog clock," said first-grade teacher Amy Palmer. "Skip counting by 5s around the outside of the clock. They also help students with fractions" by counting half- and quarter-hours. The Detroit News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Innovative classroom lessons just one scanned code away
    Bringing QR codes into the classroom can be engaging for students, says Tim Dwyer, of Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology. Dwyer, in a presentation at the recent ACTE CareerTech VISION 2012 conference, described how students in his automotive course produce videos describing how certain car parts operate. The videos are assigned QR codes, and students in other classes use smartphones to scan the codes and watch the videos, writes SmartBrief senior education editor Melissa Greenwood in this blog post. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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!
  • Parents concerned that new math curriculum stifles acceleration
    For students who can move at a faster pace in math, a new curriculum in Montgomery County, Md., schools could be slowing their ability to advance in the subject, some say. A group of parents is gathering support to try to change the district's approach in handling the placement of students who may be able to take algebra before eighth grade, for example. However, district officials say the new curriculum provides rigorous instruction and has students learning material once considered "accelerated" in earlier grades. The Washington Post (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wis. school district requires more math, science to graduate
    Students graduating from high school in the Wausau School District in Wisconsin, starting with the class of 2017, will have to take three years of math and three years of science. Currently, the school district requires two years each of math and science, but Thom Hahn, the district's director of secondary education, doesn't foresee a problem with the change. "Most colleges require three years of math and science, so students are taking them anyway," Hahn said. The Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Build a content-rich ELA curriculum
Knowledge-building has become lost in today's standards-driven K-5 environment—to the detriment of young learners. Without this information base, skill development suffers. Get ideas for implementing an English Language Arts program that builds a knowledge foundation in this SmartFocus on ELA curriculum.
  • Common core shift may boost schools' use of digital resources
    Among the many potential benefits of the Common Core State Standards are a shift toward the greater use of digital technology in schools, education advocate and author Tom Vander Ark writes in this blog post. Because the common core assessments will be administered online, schools may be more inclined to speed up their commitment to getting more technology into the hands of students, Vander Ark suggests. Education Week/Vander Ark on Innovation (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New online STEM courses aim to boost career readiness
    Career Pathways, a collection of career and technical education courses focused on health sciences, information technology and business, is designed for high-school students. The curriculum is administered by E2020, which provides online and blended courses in grades 6-12. "Today's employers are increasingly placing a premium on technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills, in addition to math, science, and reading," Pete Findley, vice president of career education for E2020, said. T.H.E. Journal (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • More instructional time scheduled for students in 5 states
    Five states announced plans Monday to increase instructional time beginning in 2013. The states -- Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee -- will each add at least 300 hours of instructional time to the school year at some schools as part of a three-year pilot program intended to improve education. The additional learning time could come in the form of longer days or lengthened school years, or both, for the nearly 20,000 students in 40 schools. Yahoo/The Associated Press (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NCTM News 
  • Cutting to the common core in mathematics
    Plan to join NCTM in Orlando, February 27 to 28, for Cutting to the "Common Core" in Mathematics -- a new Interactive Institute for grade 6-8 educators. Increase your knowledge of mathematics content related to the common core domains for the middle grades, and learn strategies that will help you align your instruction with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Online registration will open mid-December. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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