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  • OPINION: It’s time to stop the clock on math anxiety. Here’s the latest research on how
    • New research shows that levels of math anxiety have a .75 correlation with students’ enjoyment of math, and .64 correlation with motivation to take more math or do well in math. These are shockingly high proportions. (Data drawn from the PISA 2012 database, graph adapted from Foley et al, 2017.)…
    • math, math anxiety, students, new math standards, Visual math tasks
  • Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice
    • In my last post titled “Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. This week I was presenting on technology infused reading strategies and resources for K-5 teachers and…
    • station rotation model, students, , ,
  • What Do We Do When Kids Don’t Like Math?
    • After looking at some of the reasons young people may not like math, Michelle Russell shares strategies she will use to try to reach more of her students.
    • math, students, student, important right now., best possible impression
  • Five questions to ask before assigning homework
    • Teachers have widely varying opinions on homework. Before assigning it, think through these five questions first.
    • homework, Ditch That Homework, homework discussion, word homework, homework discussions
  • Project Based Learning is a Roller Coaster
    • One of the most challenging aspects of this school year has been using project-based learning to integrate curriculum. Projects are a beast! It feels like I am boarding a roller coaster each time we begin a new project. In fact, it feels like every project follows the same emotionally turbulent…
    • project, students, project-based learning, new project, emotionally turbulent trajectory
  • 8 Great STEM Lesson Ideas For the Winter Olympics
    • Helpful tips, lesson freebies, and more from educators like you.
    • specific medal competition, STEM lessons, Olympics-themed STEM lessons, Winter Olympic Games, STEM teaching opportunities
  • 3 key levers for school improvement
    • Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
    • student achievement, USDOE School Improvement, greater student achievement, successful school improvement, school leaders

Score: 306.99878851206574
URL: http://hechingerreport.org/opinion-time-stop-clock-math-anxiety-heres-latest-research/
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 15:00:31 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2017-04-03T00:01:51+00:00
Author: Jo Boaler

  • Our future depends on mathematical thinking, but math trauma extends across our country – and the world – due to the ineffective ways the subject is often taught in classrooms, as a narrow set of procedures that students are expected to reproduce at high speed.
  • In a newly published paper, researchers showed not only that math anxiety was negatively related to performance in 63 of the 64 countries tested in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), but also that the highest achieving students had the most striking negative relationship between math anxiety and performance….
  • Unfortunately math continues to be taught in ways that are far removed from the research evidence on ways to teach well, and many ineffective classroom practices – timed tests, speed pressure, procedural teaching – are the reasons for the vast numbers of children and adults with math anxiety.
  • The fortunate students, whose teachers have learned to teach math as a learning rather than a performance subject, develop a very different relationship with math.
  • When we taught middle school students for 18 lessons through creative, open, visual math, they changed their ideas and relationships with math.

Tags: math, math anxiety, students, new math standards, Visual math tasks

Score: 196.52048765982755
URL: http://catlintucker.com/2015/07/early-elementary-differentiate-reading-practice/
Tweeted At: Thu Feb 08 22:01:38 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2015-07-31T21:07:20+00:00
Author: Catlin Tucker

  • In my last post titled “Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students.
  • They can be used in combination with the Station Rotation Model to help differentiate reading practice for younger students.
  • In one online learning station, students listen to books/stories with an audio recording.
  • In the read-to-self station, students read a digital storybook and record an audio capture of their reading.
  • Storynory is another online resource that allows students to hear audio stories and read the text.

Tags: station rotation model, students, , ,

Score: 177.04590327783205
URL: https://www.middleweb.com/36932/what-do-we-do-when-kids-dont-like-math/
Tweeted At: Tue Feb 06 02:00:10 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2018-02-04T00:00:00+00:00
Author: Michelle Russell

  • Students who don’t see the relevance or importance of math.
  • Students who are very focused on other areas and just are not interested in math.
  • In this article I’ve tried to focus on how we might reach the student who may have struggled in the past or the one who thinks they are just not a “math person.”
  • Another area I need to address: many students say they don’t like math because they don’t see the relevance.
  • More Popular, Survey Finds – – Math Relevance to U.S. Middle School Students: Survey Commissioned by Raytheon Company

Tags: math, students, student, important right now., best possible impression

Score: 144.78147532726553
URL: http://ditchthattextbook.com/2017/11/14/five-questions-to-ask-before-assigning-homework/
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 19:01:22 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2017-11-14T18:23:39+00:00
Author:

  • For example, if two people discuss their children’s homework, one could be railing against mindless worksheets while the other is in favor of carefully crafted activities prompting students to reflect or create.
  • And so one parent wonders why on earth anyone would be a proponent of (mindless) homework while the other can’t understand why a parent wouldn’t want their child to do (relevant and creative) work at home.
  • Assigning more homework to prepare students for the next level takes the focus off the most important task of the day — helping the students in your class to learn on that day.
  • Does homework actually teach students responsibility?
  • In Ditch That Homework, we talk about important pieces to the discussion with parents about any big changes in the classroom: – – Instead of just asking about parents, let’s ask another important, related question.

Tags: homework, Ditch That Homework, homework discussion, word homework, homework discussions

Score: 142.9972102830265
URL: http://catlintucker.com/2017/06/pbl-rollercoaster/
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 15:02:03 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2017-06-19T06:43:06+00:00
Author: Catlin Tucker

  • Phase 2: Define and Learn about the Problem – – Once the project is underway, students get frustrated.
  • In every project, there is a moment when students experience their first success.
  • One student thought she knew what the solution to her problem was at the start of the project.
  • Students rarely trust the process or want to invest the time necessary to tackle a complex challenge or problem.
  • My hope is that by tackling fewer projects over the course of the year, that my students will dive deeper into their projects and actually learn more.

Tags: project, students, project-based learning, new project, emotionally turbulent trajectory

Score: 108.31872000000003
URL: https://blog.pearsonschool.com/8-great-stem-lesson-ideas-for-the-winter-olympics/
Tweeted At: Thu Feb 08 20:30:35 +0000 2018
Publish Date:
Author: Michael Comer

  • They also provide an excellent opportunity for our students to actively engage in learning about sports, culture, and how math, science, engineering and technology are a integral part of every facet of these competitions.
  • Every two years the Olympic Games give us new STEM teaching opportunities.
  • About Author Michael Comer – After teaching middle school science in Dobbs Ferry, NY and Riverside RI, Michael joined publisher Silver Burdett and Ginn as a regional science/mathematics consultant, developing an expertise for providing rich and meaningful workshops that linked the facets of inquiry teaching with hands-on learning using manipulatives….
  • In addition to his professional career, Michael has authored two books to support science teaching and learning.
  • Michael has presented internationally, including leading science professional development in Puerto Rico, St. Marteen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and his latest work leading a two-year Professional Development series for Master Science Teachers in Thailand for the Institute for the Promotion of Science and Technology.

Tags: specific medal competition, STEM lessons, Olympics-themed STEM lessons, Winter Olympic Games, STEM teaching opportunities

Score: 85.18695907037689
URL: https://www.eschoolnews.com/2018/02/08/school-improvement/?ps=parulsinghmannu%40gmail.com-001a000001eFfPf-003a000002FwJ0B
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 04:40:05 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2018-02-08T07:00:25+00:00
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  • District and school leaders today are being asked to do more with less.
  • Shrinking budgets and changes to federal and state policies have made their jobs harder.
  • In addition, to help increase student achievement, leaders are trying all kind of new initiatives—curricula and assessment systems, school-improvement-planning processes, learning methods—that have promised to deliver greater student achievement results.
  • However, as the recent findings from the USDOE School Improvement Grants show, most school-improvement initiatives—especially in high-needs, disadvantaged schools—are continuing to fail or create little improvement.
  • We all acknowledge that change takes time, but it is important to put systems in place that allow for the examination of signals along the change horizon that help ensure that leaders’ decisions lead to improvement, result in some early wins, and ultimately ensure a good use of human and…

Tags: student achievement, USDOE School Improvement, greater student achievement, successful school improvement, school leaders

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