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February 22, 2013

Teaching Resource Watch: Financial Lessons for Kids

In the next couple months, the U.S. Treasury Department is planning to unveil a website offering teachers "ready-made personal finance lessons that fit neatly into existing math and English courses" and that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, according to Time magazine.

December 27, 2012

Educator: Math Teachers Need Creative License

An educator warns that the centrality of standardized tests in math—particularly vis-a-vis teacher evaluations—may reduce the flexibility teachers' need to engage students in the subject.

December 26, 2012

Study: Student Motivation, Study Strategies Trump IQ for Learning Gains

A new research study finds that, when it comes to student growth in mathematics, motivation and effective study skills are more important than sheer intelligence.

November 19, 2012

The New Flavor of Math Instruction

At a locally organized TEDx conference in Costa Mesa, Calif., last month, former Los Angeles teacher Nigel Nisbet explained how he turned chocolate bars into geometry problems to get kids hooked on math.

April 06, 2012

New Research Points to Problems for Math Teachers

A new survey of middle school students published by Raytheon finds that there is a dramatic increase in the number of students who "hate" math (from one in 10 to one in five) between the 6th and 8th grades. The survey also reveals that 61 percent of middle schoolers would rather take out the trash t...

January 11, 2012

When Cross-Curricular Lessons Go Wrong ... Really Wrong

A Georgia elementary school has gotten a flurry of unflattering media attention over the last week, since 3rd graders took home a math assignment with questions about slave beatings and cotton-picking. The worksheet, created by a 3rd grade teacher at the school, went home with four different class...

November 18, 2011

Coupling Math and Writing

Live from NCTE in Chicago In a session called "A Marriage of Math and Reading," two ELA teachers and their math-teacher husbands described the beginnings of a collaborative research study on the effects of incorporating writing into math class. (Despite the title, there wasn't much talk of reading ...

September 27, 2011

Math & Science Teaching Fellowships Announced

Heads-up for up-and-coming math and science teachers: The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2012 fellowship award. Valued at $150,000, the award includes financial resources (including tuition assitance), professional development, teaching materials, and acces...

August 26, 2011

Re-inventing the Math Curriculum

In an op-ed piece in The New York Times about the state of math education in the U.S., Sol Garfunkel and David Mumford contend that "the best way for the United States to compete globally" and to catch up to other countries' students "is to strive for universal quantitative literacy: teaching topics...

August 15, 2011

Teacher Off Track

A frustrated student wrote in to Slate's advice columnist, Emily Yoffe (aka Prudence), asking how to deal with an oft-sidetracked math teacher.

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