Spotlight on Math Instruction (2015)

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Math Instruction

The Education Week Spotlight on Math Instruction is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Improving elementary school instruction with mathematical modeling
  • Encouraging growth mindsets towards math
  • Using the common core to build conceptual understanding in math
  • Enhancing math instructional practices from reading pedagogy

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A pilot professional-development program funded by the National Science Foundation introduces elementary school teachers to a method of advanced problem-solving.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week

Despite skepticism from some parts of the mathematics field, new strategies are emerging for teachers to help students develop positive learning attitudes toward math.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week

The personalized math learning model, which grew out of the NYC pilot program School of One, has expanded nationally to reach over 10,000 students in eight states and DC.
September 30, 2015 - Digital Education

A new study from Vanderbilt University concluded that teachers' feedback on math problems hinders students who have a grasp on the concept but could significantly help those who still don't understand.
June 15, 2015 - Teaching Now

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.
March 18, 2015 - Education Week

The Common Core State Standards' emphasis on conceptual understanding in math will improve students' problem-solving skills and ultimately help prepare them for jobs of the future, argues a new report.
August 13, 2015 - Curriculum Matters

A Strategy for Moving Through Math Anxiety: Maze Moments
Try something. See that it fails. Re-evaluate. Try something new. Repeat until successful. That's problem solving: whether in a maze, math class, science experiment, or relationship. The power of the "Maze Moments" language is that it explicitly teaches students to anticipate being stuck from time to time in the problem solving process. Naming and normalizing this experience supports all students' ability to think critically and creatively in math.
September 15, 2015 - Prove It: Math and Education Policy

Reading and math should be held to the same standard: bringing meaning to the printed symbols, writes Marilyn Burns.
April 1, 2015 - Education Week

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