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Let’s All Be Math People

When is the last time you bought 42 watermelons? A student at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Florida told us recently that she saw a textbook that had a math problem about buying 42 watermelons. “Who does that?” she asked. Unless they own a grocery store or a fruit stand, the answer is: no one. To me, this type of silly question captures the essence of our national challenge in teaching mathematics today.

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Getting Your Students in Top Shape With Performance Tasks

As teachers, we’re inundated with flash-in-the-pan jargon and lingo. I never heard of “performance task” before I became a content specialist and curriculum writer a few years ago. At first, it might seem like it’s just a fancy way of saying a “lesson.” But a lesson could describe anything a teacher does in class with students–watching a video, leading a lecture, assigning worksheets, even nap time. A performance task requires students to actively engage in a learning activity, aligned to both skills and content, with the opportunity for real-time feedback and growth. Read More

STEM Education in Rural Schools: Challenge = Opportunity

As I travel around the U.S., I hear the concerns about opportunities for rural students to study the STEM areas, learn about STEM career opportunities, the availability of Internet and cell service, and the difficulties recruiting and retaining STEM teachers in rural areas. At the same time there are opportunities for employment in jobs which are STEM in nature. Read More

New Horizons: Opening a World of Possibilities for Students

Today marks a historic day for NASA and space exploration, after a nine-year journey the New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto providing us with a number of firsts for space exploration. It marks the first time we have seen clear pictures of Pluto. And the first time in decades we are exploring an entirely new world to this degree of detail. We are pushing the frontiers of our knowledge – everything we discover will be a first. Read More

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Check out the latest edition of the Community Blog that displays articles more visually than ever before. Discover a renewed commitment to thought-provoking articles, resources, and interviews that impact the lives of students each and every day. See the New Look

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