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STEM has become the Beyoncè of the curriculum

Patte Barth | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Patte Barth

STEM is steadily earning a place as the dazzling star in the high school curriculum and for good reason. The benefit of high-level science and math co...

Alexis M. Scott: For Her Love of Mathematics

Diane Propsner | Posted 07.08.2016 | College
Diane Propsner

Photo Caption: Alexis Scott with Winning Design Team at STEM Summer Camp's Intro to Engineering Project As the digital sphere continues to expand, cy...

3 Tips to Building Math Confidence in Your Child

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 07.07.2016 | Parents
Jill L. Ferguson

No single subject seems to induce as much fear in school children as mathematics can. I loved math in elementary school but by eight grade's accelerated algebra 1, I dreaded the class, the homework, and the tears and frustration that became an almost nightly-ritual.

Evelyn B. Christensen, Ed.D., Award-Winning Educational Book Author

Diane Propsner | Posted 06.21.2016 | College
Diane Propsner

After a career teaching mathematics (plus general elementary school subjects), today she is an award-winning author of over fifty puzzle books and math games. With something for both young and old, her books have sold over half a million copies.

Ideas from Down Under: Number Literacy for Future Elementary School Teachers

Peter Cipparone | Posted 05.25.2016 | Education
Peter Cipparone

For the past three weeks, I've been in Australia studying how two universities prepare future elementary school teachers. Some of it feels familiar to me. But sometimes, I come upon parts of their experience that are totally foreign.

Karen M. Davis, Making a Difference via Computing Management

Diane Propsner | Posted 05.25.2016 | College
Diane Propsner

More and more frequently, recent college graduates are interested in employment with companies providing products or services for improving planet earth.

Does A Scientist Have To Be Good At Math?

Melanie Fine | Posted 02.19.2016 | Science
Melanie Fine

The short answer is "It can't hurt." The physical sciences, such as Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, all require a great deal of math to master. That is...

Are Prodigies Born That Way?

Melanie Fine | Posted 02.18.2016 | Science
Melanie Fine

We have all met certain precocious children that learn tremendously quickly, read from an early age, and display advanced vocabulary. What we rarely see, however, are the hours and years of work involved in educating a child with a "gift."

Why Was 5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 Marked Wrong?

Brett Berry | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
Brett Berry

Teachers are experts on child education. They have the best intentions for the students in mind. We don't have to agree with it, but we can respect it. If you are confused, ask teachers why they did something before you discredit a teacher on the Internet.

Solving Math Problems Like a Girl

Alexandra Dalrymple | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Alexandra Dalrymple

I eventually gave Amelia the first grade math evaluation. Afterwards, I asked her about school. We did some problems from her school textbook together and talked about things she liked to do. She told me that she loved to read but hated math. "I'm just not good at it."

Girls Aren't Good At Math

Apryl DeLancey | Posted 08.18.2015 | Technology
Apryl DeLancey

I had the idea that when I went to college, I would major in math. I did well another couple of years. However, in the 7th grade I had a dull older professor who perpetuated the "girls can't do math" myth. Once I had questions, it was decided that I couldn't "do math." I didn't "get it" immediately because I'm a girl. End of math career.

To Pluto and Beyond

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.16.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

We are a hugely wealthy country, and we can afford to go to Pluto and to educate our children to a much higher standard than we do. In fact, the way we became a hugely wealthy country, and the only way we can maintain our wealth into the future, is by investing in education, science, technology and invention.

Real Education Is the Apple, Not the (Common) Core

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.16.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

If you hope your child might be a great scientist, let her loose in the woods for hours every day. The greatest irony of the current, uniform approach to education is that it deprives children of the very experiences that are conveyed in the symbolic notations they are supposed to care about!

Why We Should Worry Less About The "Achievement Gap"

Brandon Smith | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Brandon Smith

Our intentions are good, but we're focusing on the wrong thing, and it's hurting students. If students can flip and multiply, they can pass the test -- the standard sign of academic achievement. Our worry over the achievement gap puts students into narrow contexts of thought full of vast, isolated content and speedy tricks. Unlike the cereal, tricks aren't for kids.

Math is a Tool to Understand Our World - It Should be Working for All Students

Matt Kramer | Posted 05.21.2016 | Education
Matt Kramer

In the last national math assessments, just 20 percent of eighth-graders from low-income families were proficient in math appropriate for their grade level.

Cédric Villani, 'The Lady Gaga of Mathematics,' Wants To Bring The Joy Of His Discipline to Everyone

HuffPost France | Geoffroy Clavel | Posted 05.08.2015 | World

You'll typically see him with his long, flowing hair spilling loose, wearing a frilled shirt, spider brooch and a silk necktie that wouldn't look out ...

The Major Divide: Humanities vs. STEM Majors

Elaina Provencio | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Elaina Provencio

"Oh the humanity!" The popularity of Humanities majors is declining. Recent studies have found that the percentage of students earning degrees in this field is lower than it has been in previous years. What is to blame?

How I Transformed Math From Misery To Magic

Vanessa Thompson | Posted 02.15.2015 | Teen
Vanessa Thompson

If stories are a part of who we are as humans, then why not teach math as a heroic journey in which the characters are numbers and the problems are compelling stories? Why not slay the dragon of Pi and live happily ever after in the faraway land of Algebra?

Learning to Count, Counting on Learning

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

What does it mean for your child to "count with understanding"? It means that he or she knows that the word one refers to a single object of any kind, the word two refers to two objects and so on. Here's where you come in, as parents and caregivers.

Let's Get Real About Math Word Problems

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

OK, here is a math word problem for you: How many different ways can you arrange five keys on a circular ring?

Could You Park Safely on the World's Steepest Street?

Steven Strogatz | Posted 10.22.2014 | Science
Steven Strogatz

The other day I had to park my car on Buffalo Street, which runs down one of Ithaca's most treacherous hills. It got me wondering: Could a street be so steep that it'd be impossible to park on it?

Math and Music: An Inseparable Learning Duo

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Math learning has never had a reputation for being glamorous. Next to subjects like reading, history and even science, math can come off as dry and less interesting.

The American Way: STEM Education

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 08.31.2014 | Latino Voices
Jose Antonio Tijerino

Americans love a challenge of any kind, and we believe we have a puncher's chance at winning. That's the American way. That was the mindset of a group of undocumented Mexican students from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Social Math: Why Learning Math Involves More Than Writing Numbers

Robert Sun | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Robert Sun

Our education system seeks fluency in the language of math, yet it does not encourage students to use it in a social way, producing many who are anxious about math.

A Teacher's Words to Louis C.K.

TNTP | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
TNTP

I'm not out to criticize Louis C.K. or to throw fuel on the firefights over Common Core. But from the perspective of this particular third grade teacher, I respectfully disagree with him. Let me tell you why.