Tag: mathematics

‘Dancing With The Stars’ helps students learn math

Previously, we’ve shared how California teacher Elizabeth Little uses her state’s high standards to teach students to make a banana calculator, and how Lauren Leigh Kelley in New York has been using hip-hop in her literacy curriculum. But here’s another creative curriculum pairing we weren’t expecting to hear about: Dancing With the Stars and high...

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Teachers Want More PD to Help Students Reach Full Potential under Common Core

The Fordham Institute’s recent survey looks at how K-8 math educators are implementing the Common Core math standards in their classrooms. Overall, teachers think that these standards are helping them and their students grow. Fifty-three percent of teachers surveyed think the Common Core math standards will have long term benefits for their students; a majority...

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Filmmaker Suggests the Common Core Fuels Violence in Schools. That’s Not Just Wrong, It’s Offensive  

In a piece published by the website Counter Punch, documentary filmmaker Andrew Stewart suggests “neoliberal education policies” like the Common Core contribute to school violence. Such allegations are as offensive as they are misinformed. They have no place in constructive policy discussions. Stewart makes a number of other woefully unsubstantiated claims, including that the Common...

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Setting the Record Straight on Common Core and Algebra I

Recently parents and education columnists have raised concerns that Common Core State Standards’ call for “general” eighth-grade math classes instead of Algebra I will “restrain” the ambitions of students who want to reach the highest levels of high-school math. The change is “inscrutable,” Jay Mathews wrote in the Washington Post this week. Tom Loveless of...

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Eighth Grade Math IS Changing – But Students Won’t Learn Any Less

Math is changing, but now how you might think. In the Los Angeles Times, Sonali Kohli makes note of the changes coming to eighth grade math classrooms. She writes, “instead of emphasizing Algebra I where only some students thrive, many schools are placing all students in the same general class that covers several concepts.” However,...

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The Common Core Math Check: Why different approaches are a good thing

An Ohio dad, annoyed that he couldn’t understand his kid’s math homework, demonstrated his frustration by writing a check to his child’s school using one of the methods his son was being taught, and posting a picture of it on Facebook. The dad called out “Common Core math” as the source of the problem. The...

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