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January 30, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

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  • Web series seeks to make math more accessible
    "Math Warriors" -- a Web-based drama series -- is being used by some teachers to help demystify math, says creator and college professor Kristina Harris. Each episode is concise enough to be used as a warm-up activity, she notes. "I think [oftentimes], people feel discouraged or overwhelmed by math and science, and if we can kind of dispel the myth that it's something that is unattainable or make it somehow more popular or accessible then that's something I'd like to be able to do," she said. WNYC-AM/FM (New York Public Radio)/text and video (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K. teachers hit a high note with maths lessons
    Three primary-school teachers in the United Kingdom are using music to teach maths. The teachers write the songs and lyrics, which include information relevant to the maths curriculum, and then post them on a blog. In one case, all students who heard a song about prime numbers got a prime-numbers question correct on an assessment -- saying they recalled the words from the song. The Guardian (London)/Teacher Network blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ohio district reconfigures grades to meet new requirements
    Beginning next school year, Ohio students will have to earn four math credits to graduate and Algebra II must be among those earned credits, school officials say. To give students a buffer in case they struggle with a math class, Cincinnati Public Schools is adopting a K-6 and 7-12 configuration for most schools. Officials say they hope giving students six years instead of four to complete four math classes will bolster achievement. The Cincinnati Enquirer (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.M. educators receive common core training
    New Mexico education groups are taking steps to prepare educators for the transition to the Common Core State Standards. Officials from the state's Educator Leader Cadre -- a group dedicated to educating teachers about the common core -- recently hosted a training for Santa Fe educators, where they discussed some of the challenges ahead, including the effect of the standards on next year's high-school students and veteran teachers. Hispanic Business (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In Minn., robotics teams outpace hockey teams in high schools
    If there was ever a sign that science, technology, engineering and math have secured a foothold in American high schools, consider that there are now 180 varsity robotics teams in Minnesota, compared with 156 varsity boys' hockey teams. Robotics team members are getting varsity letters and having their trophies displayed alongside those of traditional sports teams. "Minnesota is becoming a mecca for robotics," said Joe Passofaro, a mentor and coach for the state champion Prior Lake High School robotics team. "We're getting a group here that is coming onto the world scene." Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Learn key strategies for teaching algebra
    Algebra is a key to college readiness, better employment and overall success for students. But many students lack the fundamental knowledge and skills to succeed in algebra. Join us in New Orleans, July 8 to 10, for NCTM's Interactive Institute for grades 6 to 8 educators, "Algebra Readiness for Every Student." Get the right tools to build a strong math foundation for your students. Learn more and register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Using research to improve instruction
    NCTM's Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education (APME) replaces the NCTM Yearbooks. The first APME volume, Using Research to Improve Instruction, will focus on bringing research to practice and practice to research in mathematics education. The editorial panel encourages chapters that discuss research projects (including classroom-based action research projects) and collaborations that present findings and information that are relevant to both researchers and practitioners. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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