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Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Double Dose of Math Has Diminishing Returns, Study Finds

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Doubling up on math classes for a year may help middle school students in the short term, but the benefits of doing so depreciate over time—and are likely not worth the price of missing out on instruction in other subjects, according to a new study…” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

“Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.” (more)

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)