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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Math and Music: An Inseparable Learning Duo

The Huffington Post – Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

“American K-12 students trail much of the developed world when it comes to math achievements, and more than half of high school graduates are not adequately prepared to succeed in a college math course…One subject area that has long been associated with heightening math skills and aptitude is music.” (more)

After 20-Year Hiatus, U.S. to Rejoin International Math and Science Test

Education Week – Sarah D. Sparks

“American seniors will once again test their advanced mathematics and physics prowess against that of students in other countries next spring, as the United States rejoins the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study’s advanced program for the first time in 20 years.” (more)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Math concepts + teamwork = big gains at struggling Renton school

The Seattle Times – Linda Shaw

“Math achievement is rising fast at Lakeridge Elementary School in the Renton School District, where teachers build students’ understanding of concepts as well as their skills.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tips to Make Math Your Kids’ Favorite Subject

Vincennes Sun Commercial – Staff Writer

“Math may not sound like fun to everyone, but there is fun to be had when learning mathematics. If you can convince kids of that basic principle, getting them to focus in school and do well on their tests will be the easy part. After all some of today’s most downloaded apps involve math — maybe you’ve heard of the popular app, 2048.” (more)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What drill and rote learning have to do with confidence

Quartz – Adam Boddison

“Unfortunately, it is socially acceptable for well-educated adults to comment openly that they have no self-confidence in their own mathematical abilities. Conversely, it is socially unacceptable for well-educated adults to say openly that they cannot spell.” (more)

Math can-do: Column

USA Today – Kathy Liu Sun

“There is a high price for all of this negative talk — nearly 40% of 18- to 24-year-old Americans believe they are “not good at math.” And over half have regularly thought that they just “can’t do math.” Given this lack of confidence, it’s not surprising that so many students are struggling in their math courses.” (more)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Math, science grads in U.S. earn best wages, survey finds

The Star – Anne Flaherty

“While only 16 per cent of students took home degrees in science, technology, engineering or math, those who did were paid significantly better.” (more)

Genes that influence children’s reading skills also affect their maths

The Guardian – Ian Sample

“Study suggests that half of the genes that affect 12-year-olds’ literacy also play a role in their abilities in mathematics.” (more)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

John Monfredo: Let’s Not Forget to Work on Summer Math Activities

Go Local Worcester – John Monfredo

“Again let me remind everyone that research shows that more than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youths can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Most students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills as well as reading skills during the summer months. Summer learning loss happens with all subjects, but math and literacy are often the biggest cause for concern. Without regular practice, these skills tend to diminish over the summer months, especially in high-poverty communities.” (more)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

End Of Year Exams Show Georgia High School Students Still Struggle With Math

GPB – Ellen Reinhardt

“Georgia’s high school students saw improvement in statewide end of course tests, but they are still struggling with math…the math tests were changed to align them with tougher expectations that will be implemented across the board next year.” (more)