Students crack codes to learn advanced math | Ore. students use math with aquaponics project | Students learn research skills during Genius Hour
December 13, 2018
Math Education SmartBrief
Teaching & Learning
Students crack codes to learn advanced math
Students crack codes to learn advanced math
Seniors in teacher Paul Kelley's Minnesota high-school class are applying algebra concepts by using cryptography and ciphers to create, and break, coded messages. Students who take the course receive high-school credit, as well as three credits at the University of Minnesota.
Education Dive (12/12) 
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Ore. students use math with aquaponics project
High-school students in Oregon are learning math concepts such as volume, height, width and quadratic equations through an aquaponics project where they raise fish and grow fresh vegetables. The students have sold some of their vegetables and are gearing up to add a larger system, so they can distribute more vegetables to the community.
The World (Coos Bay-North Bend, Ore.) (12/13) 
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Students learn research skills during Genius Hour
Students learn research skills during Genius Hour
Ninth-grade English teachers at a Kansas school adapted the Genius Hour concept to help students learn to research. Students worked on their self-selected research projects during a monthlong unit and then presented their findings.
The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (12/11) 
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"Wakes us up and challenges us to infuse new life, depth, and joy into the warm-up segment of our math block."
Lucy West. Number Sense Routines for grades 3-5 shows how routines like Today's Number, Quick Images, and Counting Around the Circle can help students learn to think in more sophisticated ways. Preview the entire book!
Teacher: Help students explore interests, careers
Teacher: Help students explore interests, careers
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Educators in a Maryland school district encourage students to explore different career paths in part by giving them opportunities to interact with professionals, according to media arts and technology teacher Nathaniel Wallace. In this commentary, he writes that the district also embraces project-based learning and gives students the freedom to make mistakes so they can learn from the experience.
eSchool News (12/13) 
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Save now and increase district math scores in the New Year
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5 tips for recruitment, retention
From what to listen for--and avoid!--during job interviews, how to vet remote workers and why it's time to rethink your hiring protocols, five tips to help sharpen your recruitment and retention strategies. View the article >
Policy & Legislation
Survey: Morale declines at US Education Department
An annual survey of federal employees shows that morale among workers in the US Department of Education has declined by 12.4 percentage points -- from 59.7% in 2017 to 47.3% in 2018. Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill says changes made by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have been "difficult for some," while some career employees have privately complained that DeVos and other political appointees do not consider their years of expertise.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/12),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12/12) 
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Ind. officials want more oversight on virtual schools
The Indiana State Board of Education has recommended that lawmakers conduct more oversight over the state's virtual charter schools. The recommendations also include suggestions for virtual schools about improving student engagement.
Chalkbeat/Indiana (12/12) 
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Editor's Note
Education bloggers talk teacher burnout, fostering inquiry
SmartBrief Education's monthly Editor's Choice Content Award celebrates educator-written content. Our recent winners, Anthony Meals and Kasey Short, talk about why educator burnout is not a badge of honor and how to create a climate of inquiry in your classroom. Tune in Jan. 4 when they discuss these important issues on Education Talk Radio.
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Jean-Baptiste Say,
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