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New teaching model yields learning improvement for students in math

The Brookings Institute – Michael Hansen and Ben Backes

“Since President Trump took office nearly a year ago, it seems that most of the education news has moved decidedly away from one of the key pillars of the Obama-era education platform: teacher quality. Increasing overall teacher quality, and particularly disadvantaged students’ access to effective teachers, were principles that surfaced time and again from the U.S. Department of Education under the leadership of secretaries Arne Duncan and John King. Though this priority has been set aside at the federal level in favor of school choice initiatives and deregulation, many practitioners in state and district offices have continued to quietly tinker with various reforms to teacher policies and staffing practices.” (more)

10 Books to Spark a Love of Math in Kids of All Ages

KQED News Mind/Shift – Kara Newhouse

“Math is at play in every sphere of our lives, from recipes to internet security to the electoral college. But that reality can be hard to convey through the drills, static numbers and strict rules that make up so much of K-12 math education. Educators have made strides to engage students through math. One way to bring the subject to life, according to a math research organization, is through literature.” (more)

Positive attitude toward math predicts math achievement in kids

Stanford Medicine – Erin Digitale

“For the first time, scientists have identified the brain pathway that links a positive attitude toward math to achievement in the subject. In a study of elementary school students, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that having a positive attitude about math was connected to better function of the hippocampus, an important memory center in the brain, during performance of arithmetic problems.” (more)

Can you solve it? The joy of grids

The Guardian – Alex Bellos

“Today’s puzzles are set by Daniel Finkel, an inspirational maths educator from Seattle. “Grids are one of the most familiar objects we know,” he says. “And yet it sometimes feels like we know nothing about them at all. There’s so much mystery in such a simple arrangement!” The solutions to today’s puzzles, he adds, are all hiding in plain sight.” (more)

Non-Math Essentials for Learning Math

Edutopia – Margie Pearse

“As a math consultant, I’m in many classrooms, and I get to witness lots of math instruction. I find that there are similar qualities among the classrooms that are really thriving—and those qualities quite often don’t really have much to do with math. There are five non-math qualities I see in the best-run classrooms.” (more)

California’s ambitious education reforms paying off in higher graduation rates and math scores, study finds

Ed Source – Louis Freedberg

“California’s sweeping education reforms championed by Gov. Jerry Brown have resulted in higher graduation rates and especially sizable gains in math among low-income students in the 11th grade, according to a new study. “The evidence suggests that money targeted to students’ needs can make a significant difference in student outcomes and narrow achievement gaps,” the study by researchers at UC Berkeley and the Learning Policy Institute found.” (more)