Build a Number Problem
“In a lot of school districts in my region, there is an
emphasis on building proportional reasoning even before it is formally
introduced in the curriculum,” says Marian Small in the latest post on Math Tasks to Talk About,
the Teaching Children Mathematics blog.
problem I used recently is the one I’ve proposed here,” writes Small. “You
would provide students with base-ten blocks, including hundred flats, ten rods,
and unit blocks; or students could use virtual base-ten blocks.”
Research Briefs and Clips
looking for research-based ideas that will support your classroom instruction?
Get teaching practices from NCTM’s Research Briefs and Clips—a collection of
expert-written material that synthesizes research on classroom practice. Topics
such as algebraic
thinking in arithmetic, problem
solving, and ratio and proportion in the middle grades are
Apps for your Mobile Devices
out free Illuminations mobile apps that include interactives compatible with a
tablet for your students over the summer! And remember to bookmark the page,
since we’re always adding more!
White House Science Fair
Obama hosted the 2014 White House Science Fair last week and celebrated the
student winners of a broad range of STEM competitions from across the country.
This year’s fair focused specifically on girls and women who are excelling in
STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work. Meet
STEM Education in Schools
James Brown, STEM Education Coalition
executive director, talked to C-SPAN on May 28 about the Obama administration’s
for STEM education, including a newly announced $35 million
grant to train more math and science teachers.
of Education 2014
of Education 2014 uses the latest available data to summarize important
developments and trends in education. The report presents 42 indicators on the
status and condition of education. The indicators represent a consensus of
professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the
condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available.
NPR Report Suggests That Students Embrace the
An NPR report begins, “The Common Core State
Standards have roiled state legislatures across the country and frustrated some
parents. But what do kids think of them?” NPR News visited a school in
California's Bay Area and discovered that some students embrace
Great Society, 50 Years Later
Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon
Johnson gave a commencement speech that changed the relationship between our
country and its people. In that speech, he offered a vision of a “Great
Society,” and in few places has the mark of his vision remained stronger than
in education. Secretary Arne Duncan has posted a reflection on the 50th anniversary
of LBJ's Great Society speech. Johnson’s
words rang true five decades ago, and they ring true today.
Putting Essential Understanding of Functions
What tasks can you offer—what questions can you ask—to
determine what your students know or don’t know—and move them forward in their
thinking? Putting Essential Understanding of Functions into Practice in Grades
9–12 focuses on the specialized
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grades 9–12. The Putting Essential Understanding into Practice Series moves
NCTM’s Essential Understanding Series into the classroom. Members can save 25
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understanding. It’s time to put it into practice!
Special Products Emphasize a Love of Math
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Rates for San Diego Institutes
still time to take advantage of early-bird rates for NCTM’s 2014 Common Core
Institutes. NCTM institutes are research-based, targeted learning opportunities
on critical topics. The San Diego summer institutes are focused on algebra and
number and operations. Whether you are an experienced classroom teacher or just
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strategies and high-quality professional development you
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Online Access to School Journal Subscription
Don’t forget, as an NCTM individual member, you have
online access to your school journal subscription. Whether you subscribe to Teaching
Children Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, or Mathematics
Teacher, you can check out your journal on our website in the full-color,
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President Barack Obama began a tradition of hosting White House
Science Fairs in 2009 when he launched his Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire more girls and boys to excel in STEM subjects.
The president has said more than once that achievements in STEM
subjects deserve the same recognition accorded to achievements in sports.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the
Business Roundtable, and the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted an event, “Confronting the Myths: The
Truth about the Common Core.”
Participants discussed the reasons that they
supported the Common Core State Standards during their tenure and why they
continue to advocate for high standards for
students in every state.
PAESMEM Seeks Nominations
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics and Engineering
program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the
participation and retention of individuals who might not otherwise have
considered or had access to opportunities in STEM. PAESMEM is the highest
national mentoring award, and recipients serve as leaders in the national
effort to fully develop our human resources in STEM. The White House
established the award in 1996 through the National Science and Technology
Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National
Science Foundation administers it on behalf of the White House. Nominations due October 3.
12th International Mathematics Education Conference
12th International Conference of the Mathematics Education into the 21st
Century Project will be held this year September 21–26 in Montenegro. More than
160 people have registered for the conference, which promises to be a very
successful and productive meeting. View the first announcement and call for
papers, with complete details of the conference and a registration
well as background on our project and conferences. Next year’s conference will
be in Catania, Sicily, Italy.
of Summing Up.