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Time magazine has announced the September launch of a new classroom edition aimed at students in grades 7-10. InTime, to be published twice a month during the school year, will be a companion to Time for Kids, which is designed for the 4th through 6th grades.

InTime will center around current events and breaking news of interest to teenagers. The magazine is a collaborative effort between Time's editorial staff and an advisory board of middle school teachers. Though written by journalists, InTime will also include occasional involvement from readers. The magazine's editors promise up-to-the-minute news coverage, colorful graphics, profiles of popular authors, musicians, and actors, as well as analysis of social issues.

Subscriptions to InTime, which include a teacher's guide and occasional classroom videotapes, are available for $7.50 per student for 10 or more subscriptions.

Four Japanese mathematics textbooks have been translated into English by the American Mathematical Society for use in the United States. The release of these books is designed to provide insight into math instruction in Japan, where students scored well on recent international tests.

The four books cover basic analysis, algebra and geometry, Mathematics 1, and Mathematics 2, which are taught during the 10th and 11th grades in Japan. According to the publisher, they illustrate the ways in which Japanese instruction resembles that recommended by reformers in the United States.

Each textbook costs between $24 and $29, plus a $3 shipping charge, and may be ordered from the AMS by calling (800) 556-7774.

In response to the national push for higher K-12 achievement in science, the Educational Research Service has released a book and videotape titled Improving Student Achievement in Science. The resources are designed to aid teachers in understanding the most effective practices for science instruction.

The 28-page book details these practices and offers suggestions for applying them in the classroom. It also discusses research relevant to effective science education. The companion video illustrates the practices outlined in the book by showing them in use in actual classroom situations. Also included are interviews with teachers who use the practices and offer words of advice.

Improving Student Achievement in Science is available in book form for $12. The video package, which includes the book, the video, and a copy of the Educational Research Service's Handbook of Research on Improving Student Achievement, is $260. Both are available from the ERS, 2000 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22201; (800) 791-9308.

--DAVID FIELD [email protected]

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