Math and Science

The NCCP Advises Preschool Teachers

Early childhood education teachers face critical challenges when educating children from low-income families. In order to close the achievement gap between poor and wealthy preschool and elementary students, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) recommends specialized professional development for teachers who work in high-needs schools. National Center for Children in Poverty: Teachers must… Read More

How to Turn Bad Movie Science Into Good Teaching

By Monica Fuglei June 3, 2015

In 2013, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson entertained and enraged movie fans with his “Mysteries of #Gravity” posts on Twitter. Tyson said he enjoyed the movie “very much” but listed several scientific errors that perplexed and entertained him, including the properties of orbiting satellites. How Neil deGrasse Tyson’s movie fact-checking can serve science teachers His Tweets… Read More

In my last piece, I discussed why content curation was an essential skill and discussed ways teachers could use Pinterest to curate content for students. Modeling this skill for students is important, but giving them the knowledge to do it themselves is crucial. The ability to sort through many sources for high-quality information was always… Read More

Content Curation: Tools and Strategies for Teachers

By Monica Fuglei April 15, 2015

“Content curation” is hip terminology in the marketing world. Businesses routinely develop and refine perceptions of their brand on social media through the information they choose to share with specific audiences. Curating content is an essential skill to share with students. With broad and easy access to information, seeing and practicing content curation can help… Read More

In his 1968 book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” Paulo Friere addressed the complex relationship among education, race, and poverty. He identified the myriad ways traditional education systems failed to meet the needs of students of color, families living in poverty and students struggling in other ways. Friere opposed top-down directives of what was or was not… Read More

The majority of America’s educational resources are focused on students inside classrooms. However, there is a growing population of young people who may never, or only partially, engage in formal schooling. The number of homeschooled students is small but growing In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education reported that about 3.4 percent of all age-eligible… Read More

Mathematics teachers are conceptual thinkers with logical minds and strong memorization abilities. They have a knack for spotting patterns and identifying similarities and differences among groupings that aren’t always obvious to others. As professionals, they are devoted to accuracy, objective analyses, and dedicated to helping students learn.  If you are “fluent in math” and have… Read More

Science Teacher Career: Job, Education, and Salary Information

By Alisa Bates, PhD October 15, 2014

Science teachers impart a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. They support creative analysis and scientific reasoning. They explore the universe and seek answers to our questions through research and experiments. Teaching science is a rewarding career for people with an aptitude and passion for the subject. At-a-glance: Science teachers Science teacher… 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

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