For this presentation,Skip Fennell and Jon Wray looked at the upcoming Common Core assessments, PARCC and Smarter Balanced (SB), and suggested ways math specialists can help teachers prepare for the tests.
A goal Modina (Toppah) Water set 12 years ago came to fruition Monday at the annual Native American Language Fair held at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman. The bi-lingual book of Kiowa trickster stories she created was finally published and in the hands of Kiowa and other Native children.
Think about a 4-by-5 rectangle. The rectangle contains infinitely many points you could never count them. But once you decide that a 1-by-1 square is going to be “one unit of area,” you are able to say that a 4-by-5 rectangle amounts to twenty of these units. A choice of unit makes the uncountable countable.
Indiana’s youngest students are learning math in a different way than their parents or even older siblings. That’s because the new Common Core academic standards have changed how teachers introduce math in the early grades.
Erik W. Robelen -- Bioengineering. Mechanical engineering. Environmental engineering. Aerospace engineering.
Not exactly standard fare in elementary school, but several million children have been exposed to such fields through the fast-growing Engineering Is Elementary program since it was launched in 2004 by the Museum of Science in Boston. Its overarching goal is to "foster engineering and technological literacy among all elementary-aged children."
The use of cursive writing has been fading from society since the arrival of the computer keyboard. Advocates of longhand blame the so-called common core education standards for hastening its demise. Debate over the issue has pitted teachers against teachers, and a fear by historians we are raising a generation of handwriting illiterates.
Starting this fall, all North Carolina elementary students would be required to learn cursive writing and multiplication tables if the state Senate adopts a bill that passed the House unanimously Thursday.
Starting this fall, all North Carolina elementary students would be required to learn cursive writing and multiplication tables if the state Senate adopts a bill that passed the House unanimously Thursday. Under the bill, public schools will have to provide instruction in both subjects in what its sponsor calls a return to basics.
A growing number of states are drawing a hard line in elementary school, requiring children to pass a reading test in third grade or be held back from fourth grade. Thirteen states last year adopted laws that require schools to identify, intervene and, in many cases, retain students who fail a reading proficiency test by the end of third grade.
Sarah D. Sparks -- Math often can feel a little abstract to students, but teachers who gesture as they explain equations can make them more concrete for students, according to a study published online in the journal Child Development.
Oklahoma’s reading act was passed in the 1990s mainly to provide funding to help first- and third-grade students improve reading skills. In 2011, lawmakers added test-based promotion. Starting in 2014, third-graders who score “unsatisfactory” on the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test for reading will be held back unless they are given an exemption.
In the latest dust-up over the Common Core, the inclusion of some (arguably) violent, war-themed picture books in New York City’s third-grade English curriculum has some whining that the recommended texts were not vetted properly—and, predictably, claiming that implementation is moving too fast.