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  • Number Sense: Helping Parents Understand Today’s Math Education

    Posted April 2, 2014 in Featured Stories

    I heard whispers about “new math” before my children even started school. Angry parents vented about how hard it was to help their children with math homework and wondered why teachers assigned harder problems with longer, more complicated steps in place of the arithmetic that used to provide answers. Recently, as I witnessed my daughter’s…

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  • A Day in Young Ameritowne: Economics in One Exciting Field Trip

    Posted March 4, 2014 in Featured Stories

    For the past month, my fifth-grade daughter has chattered incessantly about her upcoming field trip. “We get to elect a mayor!” she shrieked one day. She pored over a booklet that covered skills such as filling out a job application and balancing a checkbook. Two weeks ago, she went to school prepared for her very…

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  • More Lessons from Classrooms in South Korea, Finland and Poland

    Posted January 20, 2014 in From the Principal's Office Updated July 1, 2015

    Hoping to improve our schools, some Americans have taken a close look at successful school systems overseas. The idea is to find solid, time-tested lessons from these schools and apply them to our educational system. Amanda Ripley, author of “The Smartest Kids in the World,” researched the school systems of Finland, South Korea and Poland….

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  • 5 iPad Apps for Middle School Math Classes

    Posted June 18, 2013 in Online Learning Updated September 17, 2015

    Encouraging students to integrate education technology into the learning process is a key objective for today’s educators. When students use modern electronics, such as iPads, to learn core subject matter, they not only learn about the subject itself, but they also increase their technological skills. To help middle school science teachers incorporate eLearning into the…

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  • What is the Washington State STEM Lighthouse Program?

    Posted May 29, 2013 in Reference Material

    The Washington State Legislature designated the STEM Lighthouse school program in 2010 as part of an overall strategy to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the state. The Washington school program provides grants to high-performing STEM middle schools and high schools each year. Lighthouse schools use the funds to help other schools…

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  • Four STEM Curriculum Resources for After-School Programs

    Posted May 28, 2013 in Reference Material

    The STEM curriculum should be a key feature in any school-related program. Helping children continue to grow and learn in their after-school programs can make a true difference in their overall education. STEM(science, technology, engineering, math) education programs focus on preparing students for the challenging, science-based fields that have increasing importance in the modern world. Further…

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  • Fun Smartboard Activities for Kindergarten Math

    Posted May 22, 2013 in Reference Material

    Because of its interactive and flexible nature, the SMART Board has become one of the most widely-used tools for educators in all subject areas. SMART Board activities are available for every age group, including very young children. here are several effective SMART Board activities for kindergarten math. Ordering numbers game Learning to distinguish larger numbers…

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  • Women in STEM: Four Resources to Learn More About Female Scientists

    Posted May 16, 2013 in Reference Material

    For educators and parents who want to provide girls with more information about opportunities for women in a science or math career such as engineering, there are several excellent resources available about women in STEM. STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Women in Science The Women in Science website is a wonderful…

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  • Professional Development Resources for STEM Teachers

    Posted May 9, 2013 in Reference Material

    STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers need to continue their education and use professional development to stay current on the latest evolutions in teaching strategies. Several professional organizations offer continuing education courses and professional development courses for STEM teachers. Interested teachers can begin their search for classes and teaching materials with the ones listed below….

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  • STEM Teacher Training Programs from National Math & Science Initiative

    Posted May 8, 2013 in Reference Material

    It is no secret that American students are constantly falling behind in core classes, including math, the sciences and English. While many factors contribute to the problem, the main challenge is that teachers need better training. The National Math and Science Initiative offers great STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teacher-training programs that help combat…

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  • Three Tips for Developing Elementary Math Tests

    Posted March 18, 2013 in Tips for Educators Updated September 24, 2015

    Elementary math tests are an essential part of the assessment process. Without the information that test results provide, it is nearly impossible for teachers to accurately determine whether or not students understand or retain the material they are learning in class. Because test results are so important, designing appropriate tests to assess student progress is…

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  • Engaging with Numbers: Three Challenging Seventh Grade Math Projects

    Posted March 15, 2013 in Tips for Educators Updated September 23, 2015

    Middle school teachers often use seventh grade math projects to help their students gain a deeper understanding of course material. These projects are most effective when they foster creativity, are relevant to students’ lives, and relate well to topics that are studied in class. Math projects should be challenging and thought-provoking for students. Here are…

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  • Three Online Math Dictionaries

    Posted March 8, 2013 in Tips for Educators Updated September 16, 2015

    Teachers can help younger students grasp basic math concepts quickly and efficiently when they include math dictionaries as a resource in their lesson plans. Math dictionaries combine mathematical concepts and terms with visual aids to help students learn how to work with numbers and solve specific problems. This helps improve student memory and sharpen their…

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  • 4 Math Software Programs for Students

    Posted March 7, 2013 in Reference Material Updated September 24, 2015

    Teachers and parents often look for understandable and engaging math software programs to use when teaching elementary mathematics. Software programs often serve their purpose best when they are used as a supplemental education tool to traditional classroom instruction. Many children take more interest in computer-based learning due to their visually appealing and interactive nature. Luckily,…

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  • Elementary Science Lesson Plans on the Muscular System

    Posted March 6, 2013 in Tips for Educators

    Lesson plans that focus on the human muscular system and are used by elementary teachers do not have to be boring or focus only on scientific terms and details. Exploring the amazing muscular structures in the body can be fun and engaging for both students and teachers. To make lesson plans more interesting, teachers can…

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  • Information That Should be in an 8th Grade Math Chart

    Posted March 4, 2013 in Classroom Resources

    A mathematics chart for 8th grade students should provide fundamental math rules and steps needed to solve linear equations and geometrical functions. By this time, an eighth grader should have mastered the following mathematical concepts: Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals, fractions and whole numbers Turning a decimal into a percentage and vice versa What…

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  • 4 Downloadable High School Geometry Practice Worksheets

    Posted February 26, 2013 in Classroom Resources

    For educators in search of high school geometry practice worksheets, the Internet an invaluable tool. However searching for some of the best websites can be daunting. Here we have compiled a list of four websites that provide downloadable high school geometry practice worksheets. We have linked to the exact page for these practice worksheets within…

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  • 4 Biology Project Ideas for High School Students

    Posted February 23, 2013 in Curriculum & Instruction

    Biology Projects are great teaching tools educators can use to boost student interest in the subject and spark classroom participation. Testing plants and gravity Testing root growth in relationship to gravity is a fun and simple idea. To do this, students need to cut a strip of paper towel approximately one inch wide. Then, they…

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  • 4 Sites Offering Easy and Printable Math Puzzles

    Posted February 16, 2013 in Reference Material Updated September 24, 2015

    If you’re in need of printable math puzzles, we have found several valuable sources that can help. Printable math puzzles give teachers a vast array of options for helping students’ master math at their own pace. These four sites offer unique, fun ways for students to retain important math concepts they’ll need throughout their school…

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  • Advice on Improving your Elementary Math Instruction

    Posted February 15, 2013 in Curriculum & Instruction

    In many ways, elementary math instruction is stuck in outdated techniques of the past. That doesn’t have to be the case for your students. Some new methods of elementary math instruction are proving themselves very effective, and can easily be incorporated into an existing lesson plan. If you’re looking for some ways to spruce up…

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