Thursday, October 2, 2014

Principal uses hands-on approach to middle-school math, science

Park project helps teach fractions, teamwork | Principal uses hands-on approach to middle-school math, science | Tenn. program seeks to curb need for remedial math
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October 2, 2014
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Park project helps teach fractions, teamwork
Some students at a California elementary school learned fractions and teamwork by creating designs for a new city park. The teams had to divide the land and decide on features for each area. City officials picked the winning design. Appeal-Democrat (Marysville-Yuba City, Calif.) (9/30)
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Principal uses hands-on approach to middle-school math, science
Eighth-graders in a math and science enrichment course at a Maine school are studying math and science by calculating how fast their principal drives his motorcycle. Students used stop watches to measure and calculate his speed and then compared their work with the speed taken by a radar gun. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (10/1)
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Tenn. program seeks to curb need for remedial math
Schools in Tennessee are piloting a new state-sponsored, blended-learning program that teaches college-level developmental math to high-school seniors. The Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support was designed by high-school teachers and community-college instructors and offers a way for schools to measure student readiness for college math. (10/1)
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Survey: Majority of superintendents support common core testing
Two-thirds of superintendents surveyed by Gallup and Education Week said they support moving forward with testing aligned with Common Core State Standards. "There's pretty strong support from superintendents for staying the course," said Brandon Busteed, Gallup's education division executive director. "Only 20 percent recommend pulling out, even though we see a pretty mixed bag when we ask Americans generally." Education Week (tiered subscription model) (10/1)
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Ariz. university project focuses on skilled careers
A new program at Arizona State University will help schools prepare students for skilled careers that do not require four-year degrees. Global Pathways Institute is directed by researcher and writer William Symonds, who advocates for a higher status for vocational education in light of unmet employer needs. USA Today (10/1)
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NYC to overhaul how schools are assessed
Schools in New York City no longer will receive A to F letter grades and their assessments will be tied more heavily to factors other than students' test scores under reforms announced by Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina. Instead, she said, she plans to adopt a more holistic approach to assessing schools that will be more transparent for parents. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/1)
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