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Finding the Beauty in Math

Finding the Beauty in Math

| October 1, 2013 | 26 Comments

How does a person fall in love with math? For too many, math class conjures up anxious worksheets filled with rows of unanswered problems. Students go along, seeming to perform the steps required — plug in the formulas, solve for x — without ever understanding what they’re doing, or why.

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Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

| September 6, 2013 | 15 Comments

Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.

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New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?

New Research Asks: Does Blended Learning Boost Algebra Scores?

| August 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

A recent report by the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the Department of Education, tries to provide an objective overview of blended learning. RAND conducted a national two-year randomized trial to determine whether a blended learning curriculum developed by Carnegie Learning, Inc. had a positive effect on middle and high school algebra students.

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5 Great Math Apps for Grade School Kids

5 Great Math Apps for Grade School Kids

| June 20, 2013 | 6 Comments

The number of apps related to teaching various mathematics topics seems to be growing daily, and it can be a difficult to find that needle in a haystack. Here, we found five of those needles, already tested and approved.

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Does Math Exist Outside the Human Brain?

Does Math Exist Outside the Human Brain?

| June 7, 2013 | 8 Comments

In this episode of the Idea Channel‘s always-brilliant explanation of how and why the world works, the focus is on math, and the mind-bending question: Who created math, anyway? “Unlike physics, chemistry, and biology we can’t see it, smell it, or even directly observe it in the universe. And so that has made a lot […]

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In Teaching Math, What’s the Right Mix of Content and Context?

In Teaching Math, What’s the Right Mix of Content and Context?

| January 31, 2013 | 3 Comments

Getty “Polynomial functions!” “Trig identities!” “How about the properties? Commutative, associative, distributive.” So unfolded a laundry list of what a group of math teachers considered the more painful and less necessary concepts covered in the average high school math curriculum. The laments, aired at EduCon 2.5 in Philadelphia at Science Leadership Academy last weekend, were […]

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How Math is Getting Its Groove Back

How Math is Getting Its Groove Back

| January 24, 2013 | 6 Comments

By Rebecca Jacobson Carrie Lewis and Kelly Steele’s fifth grade students slide and spin across the classroom floor, doing the hustle, the robot, and the running man. While it may look at first glance like goofing off, these students are actually dancing for a higher cause…math. Lewis, a STEM specialist for Virginia’s Lynchburg city schools, […]

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Making Math Meaningful with Online Games and Videos

Making Math Meaningful with Online Games and Videos

| January 15, 2013 | 4 Comments

By Almetria Vaba Math can be made meaningful when connected to students’ experiences. With video clips and interactive games from public media students practice math concepts while exploring real world concepts. Learn how to decorate an intricate cake, play the role of the pharmacist, roof a house and more using PBS LearningMedia resources to measure […]

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Connecting the Dots: Teaching How to Think

Connecting the Dots: Teaching How to Think

| December 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

In her “anti-parabola” video Doodling in Math Class: Connecting the Dots, Vi Hart demonstrates mathematical curiosity and creativity, which happens to be the opposite of what she does in math class. As she says, “Teaching how to think requires giving power and responsibility to individuals while teaching what to think can be done with one-size […]

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Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America

Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America

| December 14, 2012 | 43 Comments

Ian Hill/Thinkstock/Penguin By Nikhil Goyal Call it “The Triumph of Nerds.” Poll statisticians have risen to rock star status. One of the most famous is New York Times’ wunderkind Nate Silver — or as Jon Stewart put it, “Lord and god of the algorithm.” He may be best known for predicting the 44th president, but […]

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