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Math and Science

Teaching science is a rewarding career for people with an aptitude and passion for the subject. Science teaching jobs can appeal to college students majoring in a science discipline, as well as to professionals who decide to switch careers later in life and teach science. Demand for teachers within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and… Read More

Sunil Weeramantry has spent more than 40 years teaching and developing award-winning chess programs. As the founder and executive director of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF), Weeramantry served as the first chairman of the US Chess Federation’s Committee on Chess in Education and has produced workshops across the country, including on Capitol Hill. The… Read More

‘Geometry Pro’ App Helps Students Master the Basics

By Rob Klindt September 10, 2014

Knowing how to calculate volume, area and perimeters isn’t just reserved for mathematicians, physicists and engineers. It’s an important skill that workers use every day in dozens of professions including carpenters, surveyors, landscapers, painters and architects. And it all starts with simple geometry. Geometry has been a part of most middle and high school math… Read More

Mobile App Puts Periodic Table in Students’ Hands

By Rob Klindt September 2, 2014

For generations of chemistry students, the Periodic Table of the Elements has been a must-have tool for solving science homework problems and completing classroom tests. Scientists developed the periodic table in the late 19th century to organize elements, the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, into a cohesive document that can be studied and shared. The… Read More

Fifth-grade math teacher Todd Nesloney became an educator in part because he hated math — and didn’t want other students to struggle like he had. His mission was certainly a success. Five years in, his classes consistently scored among his Texas district’s highest on standardized tests. But Nesloney wasn’t happy. He didn’t so much feel… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

More Lessons from Classrooms in South Korea, Finland and Poland

By Brian P. Gatens January 20, 2014

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…. Read More

5 iPad Apps for Middle School Math Classes

By Room 241 Team June 18, 2013

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… Read More

What is the Washington State STEM Lighthouse Program?

By Room 241 Team May 29, 2013

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… Read More

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… Read More

Fun Smartboard Activities for Kindergarten Math

By Room 241 Team May 22, 2013

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… Read More

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… Read More

Professional Development Resources for STEM Teachers

By Room 241 Team May 9, 2013

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…. Read More

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… Read More