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July 27, 2018
A Bronx principal explains secret behind $25,000 award: teachers learning along with students
The money will go towards supporting an initiative in which teachers share and create innovative ways to provide students with a strong conceptual understanding of math.
the youngest learners
July 9, 2018
In Berwyn, learning how to boost math skills in the early grades
Early math skills get far less attention than literacy in high-poverty classrooms. One Illinois school district is working to change that.
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May 1, 2018
This award-winning Colorado educator teaches computer gaming (Shhh, it’s actually math)
A computer gaming teachers talks about what turned her into math-lover, why she builds forts with her students, and how off-task behavior is like a canary in a coal mine.
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March 30, 2017
It’s not just about getting the right answer: How a fifth-grade teacher pushes her students in math class
At P.S. 294 in the Bronx, math is often a matter of debate. In Nicole Lent’s fifth-grade class, groups of students take turns explaining how…
Updated August 30, 2016
Calling all new math teachers: Shelby County Schools wants to give you $5,000
A shortage of high school math teachers in Memphis has Shelby County Schools willing to award a $5,000 signing bonus to those hired after Aug. 15.
April 12, 2013
Full video: GothamSchools' event on the Common Core in math
On Tuesday, GothamSchools and New America NYC presented “Adding it Up,” an event that brought together New York City educators to talk about…
April 9, 2013
At KIPP Infinity, the Common Core means rewiring math ‘robots’
Joe Negron, the founding principal of KIPP Infinity Middle School, picked a tricky year to return full-time to the classroom. After heading the charter school…
July 21, 2009
In a new futuristic Klein initiative, school happens via "playlist"
In one city classroom this summer, a computer algorithm is telling students what to do. The classroom is actually a library at a Chinatown middle school with just 80 students, but school officials are hoping that it offers a glimpse into the future of the school system, one in which every student's individual strengths and weaknesses are calculated before each day is planned. Students in the new pilot program, a $1 million effort that officials are calling the School of One, take a quiz every afternoon, and then receive a computer-generated schedule each morning, called a "playlist." A student's playlist might tell him to begin the day by meeting with a tutor, then to complete a set of online tasks, and then to work on a project with his classmates. The program, which focuses only on math instruction, will expand to three sites in January. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein will roll out the program today, along with its mastermind, Joel Rose, who previously worked for Edison Schools, the for-profit education management company now known as EdisonLearning. The announcement will mark one of the first initiatives of Klein's administration that focuses on what happens inside classrooms since he unveiled citywide math and reading programs six years ago. That effort scripted moves down to how teachers should arrange their classrooms and the size of rugs.
December 9, 2008
On world test, U.S. youth show math gains, but science is flat
American fourth-graders' average score on a world science test: below Singapore but above Italy. The test that every four years makes Americans feel bad about the kids these days, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, is out with new results, not all of them bad: Fourth- and eighth-graders appear to be improving in math, and bottom performers made the most gains. But in both grades, Americans remain stagnant in the (much less tested) subject of science. This is a good time to ask whether science gets enough attention. From the Christian Science Monitor: The US still performs better in science than the average among TIMSS countries, but the lack of progress underscores what some educators and others say is a pressing need to give more attention to science education in this country, in addition to the emphasis on reading and math. In spite of numerous reports, "many districts simply do not value science education," reads a statement released Tuesday by the National Science Teachers Association in Virginia. "Science is being eliminated from many K-6 classrooms," it says. Recall that the city Department of Education recently rolled out new science curriculum in response to concerns that science was being sidelined in favor of tested subjects. But it then delayed creating tests to match the curriculum — for two years in a row. The results are also a good reminder that, no matter how frustrating it is that American students are behind several nations, they are not behind everyone — not by far.
September 17, 2008
Wayback Wednesday: Do our schools measure up? Guess the year
A committee of 11 outside experts hired by the city gives a series of tests to New York school children. The experts insist that their tests are different because they measure growth of individual children on a specific set of skills, and tout their study as "the most successful attempt at scientific measurement in education." The results show that the schools are "inefficient" in educating the students, whose abilities vary greatly. The report calls for differentiation: Only 40 percent of 4th graders performed at an "average" level on the standardized math tests. Furthermore, in all areas except speed, they compared poorly to students in other cities. Sound familiar? Guess the year in the comments — and no Googling! We'll post the answer next Wednesday. Complete article is after the jump...
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