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How I Transformed Math From Misery To Magic

Vanessa Thompson | Posted 12.16.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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.

Bemused by a Math Muse

Len Filppu | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Len Filppu

I do not hate math. I respect math. I did well in math. But because I've not used many math skills beyond the basics in my adult life, I've often questioned our education system's obsession with math and its dominance in our classrooms.

WATCH: Child Prodigies School You On Pi

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.14.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Fresh off his lecture at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, 10-year-old college student Tanishq Abraham stopped by HuffPost Live to talk all things pi, a...

The Missed Opportunity in STEM Education

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Most adults seem to have an instinctive aversion to mathematics. Yes I know the excuses: Bad genes, no natural aptitude, it's boring. But when federal agencies suppress their mathematical competencies in order to support STEM education you have to start worrying!

Educator Evaluation with Teacher Teams is a Powerful Combination

Teach Plus | Posted 04.26.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Erin Dukeshire When my school—the Orchard Gardens K-8 in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston—piloted the new Educator Evaluation sys...

Why Mathematics Is Beautiful and Why It Matters

David H. Bailey | Posted 04.20.2014 | Science
David H. Bailey

Scientists through the ages have noted, often with some astonishment, not only the remarkable success of mathematics in describing the natural world, but also the fact that the best mathematical formulations are usually those that are the most beautiful.

The Power of Skype to Inspire a New Generation of STEM

Heather Heenehan | Posted 03.11.2014 | Science
Heather Heenehan

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to use and explore Skype in the Classroom and to witness its incredible power to inspire students throughout the disciplines.

Oh Dear! My Dear... A Call to Mentor Girls in STEM

Julie Kantor | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Julie Kantor

Are we, as women, not reaching out to the next generation enough to mentor girls in their career pathways? Do we need to find an army of STEM tutors if our schools are being left behind in math and science by so many other countries?

A Math Teacher Walks Out

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
T. Elijah Hawkes

How directly connected are they to life outside the school? Is the instruction in our math classrooms -- in every classroom -- useful and meaningful to students? Is our school curriculum relevant to society?

A Tale of Two Teachers

Paula Golden | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics
Paula Golden

For many middle school children who study mathematics at an age when they first look to adults outside those in their immediate family to define themselves, a teacher's thumb's up or down can shape their destiny.

Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered?

Derek Abbott | Posted 11.10.2013 | Science
Derek Abbott

Remember how irrational numbers petrified the bejesus out of the Pythagoreans? Or the interminable time it took mankind to introduce a zero into arithmetic? Recall the centuries of debate that occurred over whether negative numbers are valid or not?

If Massachusetts was a Country

Alan Singer | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

It appears that in Massachusetts, educational reform does not mean vouchers for private schools, closing poorly performing schools, eliminating tenure for teachers, merit pay, and replacing public schools with privately operated charters.

Are Smaller College Calculus Classes Really Better?

Frank Morgan | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Frank Morgan

An unpublished study from the late 1990s showed that calculus students in classes of about 35 do no better than students in classes of 90 and larger. There was no statistical difference in the amount learned or in the drop-out rate.

Curb Summer Learning Loss with MoneyBall

Tim Chartier | Posted 10.19.2013 | Science
Tim Chartier

Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. What to do? Try money -- moneyball, that is.

Our Schools Don't Add Up

Todd Buchholz | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Todd Buchholz

Churchill famously said to Franklin Roosevelt, "Give us the tools, and we will finish the job." We can't expect our children to finish the job unless we give them better tools.

What's STEM Got to Do With It?

Julie Kantor | Posted 07.24.2013 | Technology
Julie Kantor

So what does STEM got to do with it? Why should 'we the people' care about STEM? It ties to everything, education, skills and to where the jobs are and will be

Emotional Fuel and the Power to Motivate Students

Robert Sun | Posted 07.07.2013 | Technology
Robert Sun

Most people think raw intellectual talent is the primary marker for academic success among children. But new insights are proving that motivation is perhaps even more important to learning than innate intelligence.

Can Blended Learning Save America?

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Marc F. Bernstein

We must capitalize upon teenagers' intrinsic motivation towards technology while recognizing that being adolescents means needing relationships with caring teachers. It's time to change the paradigm.