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Debunking the Myths Behind ‘The Math Myth’

Debunking the Myths Behind ‘The Math Myth’ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"When I found out that James Tanton—an Australian who serves as the Mathematical Association of America’s mathematician at large, and a proponent for Common Core—wanted to debate Hacker last month at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York, I had to watch.
But as I watched, I had a sinking feeling: It was clear that neither of these men had ever had the experience of being told, either directly or indirectly, that math was not for them. And I realized that, by not being told this, they had never felt compelled to steer clear of math and numbers-heavy careers, even if high-school math wasn’t fun for them either."

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How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is ‘Smart’

How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is ‘Smart’ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Math teachers in San Francisco are using Complex Instruction to see the brilliance in all their students and help them to see it too.
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Try again: Why online courses might not be the best way to teach students who are at risk of algebra failure - The Hechinger Report

Simply sitting a teenager down in front of a computer to click through online lessons – in a class he or she has already failed – doesn’t seem to work, according to new research. The study sought to determine if online courses are successful for catching up ninth graders who have flunked algebra.

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The Tau of Pi: Why 3.14 Isn’t the Whole Story

The Tau of Pi: Why 3.14 Isn’t the Whole Story | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The magical constant Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. But what if pi isn’t the best way? Follow along with Vi Hart’s explanation for a whole new perspective.
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5-Minute Film Festival: 10 Great Video Resources for Teaching Math

5-Minute Film Festival: 10 Great Video Resources for Teaching Math | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Spice up your math lessons with these engaging, interesting, and entertaining teaching videos.
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60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I have been asked by math teachers how they can use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is great for any subject area, especially math! Earlier I had posted on 5 ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math. This builds on those ideas with a list of 60 ways Google Classroom can be used by Math teachers.
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Great New Video: "When People Make Mistakes Their Brains Grow, More Than When They Got Work Right"

Great New Video: "When People Make Mistakes Their Brains Grow, More Than When They Got Work Right" | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Jo Boaler, a math professor at Stanford, recently released this great video. Though it talks about math, it would be a good one to show to any class – it’s a good intro to Social Emotional Learning
I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning.
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What the drop in NAEP math scores tells us — about Common Core and NAEP

What the drop in NAEP math scores tells us — about Common Core and NAEP | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
'Those using the NAEP score drop to condemn Common Core and all recent policies might be missing the point. However, those who try to explain away the drop as due to demographic or economic shifts, are also missing the point.'
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Think It Up

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These 9 findings have very strong implications for mathematics classrooms.
If acted upon they could unleash the potential of millions more students.
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Great Games, Apps, and Sites for Geometry

Great Games, Apps, and Sites for Geometry | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Here's a collection of some great tools to use with your geometry students. Whether you're teaching explicit skills or encouraging exploration and play for conceptual development, these tools can help your students' geometric knowledge really take shape!
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SAT Guessing

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What if everyone who took the SAT guessed on every multiple-choice question? How many perfect scores would there be?

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Hooray for Pi Day

Five-Minute Film Festival: Hooray for Pi Day | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's one of those rare holidays that can make math fun for anyone, whether you're the kind of person who's interested in a tart pastry or a juicy math problem. Not sure what I'm talking about? Just read (and watch!) on for more Pi Day fun.
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Google Math: I See Math - Teacher Tech

Google Math: I See Math - Teacher Tech | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Math is all around us. When you see math "in the wild" take a picture of it! Easily create a Google Slides on the go and add the photo.
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Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’

Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Why do smart people enjoy saying that they are bad at math?
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Mathematicians Have Discovered a Prime Conspiracy

Mathematicians Have Discovered a Prime Conspiracy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a longstanding assumption about how they behave.
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America's High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries' High School Dropouts

America's High School Graduates Look Like Other Countries' High School Dropouts | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We've been to school. We know how education works. Right? In fact, many aspects of learning — in homes, at schools, at work and elsewhere — are evolving rapidly, along with our understanding of learning. Join us as we explore how learning happens.
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Study: Both sides of the brain process numbers

Study: Both sides of the brain process numbers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
New research suggests humans use both sides of the brain to visualize and process numbers. Math -- cerebrally speaking -- is a tag-team effort.
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Here's what will change with the new SAT

Here's what will change with the new SAT | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
SAT prep is a multi-billion dollar industry today. Will the redesigned SAT restore its original goal of providing greater access to higher education for a diverse population?
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‘Not a Math Person’: How to Remove Obstacles to Learning Math

‘Not a Math Person’: How to Remove Obstacles to Learning Math | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Negative experiences such as timed tests, tracking and personal attitudes have hurt how some people feel about math. Stanford professor Jo Boaler wants to change all of that.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 4 Math Add ons for Google Docs

This is a guest post from Jennfer Carey (@TeacherJenCarey) of EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site.

Google Docs is a popular word processing tool. However, many people don’t realize that there are 4 great add-ons for Math that allow teachers and students to harness the power of Google. You can add any of these features to a Google Doc by selecting Add-ons → Get Add-ons.
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Free Technology for Teachers: An Illustrated Mathematics Dictionary

Free Technology for Teachers: An Illustrated Mathematics Dictionary | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Math is Fun dictionary offers more than 700 definitions of mathematics terms. All of the definitions include an illustration. Nearly 200 of the definitions include an animation. Some of the animations are interactive tutorials.
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Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges

Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A collaboration between Pixar and Khan Academy hopes to show students what math looks like at work in successful animated films.
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Review of Math Programs Comes Under Fire

Review of Math Programs Comes Under Fire | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Publishers and others are hammering a Consumer Reports-style review of math instructional materials that faulted programs for failing to align to the common core.
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Science, Mathematics, Physical and Environmental Education

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We have assembled last year’s most read articles from Routledge Education Journals researching Science, Mathematics, Physical and Environmental Education. Find out why these papers were so popular by taking a look yourself.
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These articles would normally require database access to read and may be useful, not just for their content, but as examples of scientific articles for teaching students how to read such types of text.

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