Archive: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Football vs. Algebra

Today is the Homecoming game at Fairfax High. The Rebels will face the Westfield High Bulldogs (by all accounts a formidable opponent). And all week the students have been getting psyched about the game. Yesterday, students were supposed to wear...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 9, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (5)

Math Reading List

I’m hungry for some good books about math. Any recommendations? A reader last week pointed me toward John Allen Paulos, a prolific math professor at Temple University. I’ve already placed an order for Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences, and...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 9, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Math gaming, math campaigning, and more

Here's the buzz in math education today. The New York Times has a cool story about eighth-graders in Brooklyn using video games to drill algebra. Apparently this is a growing field. Microsoft announced it's going to dump about $1.5 million...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 8, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Calculators Redux

This week in Algebra II we are studying matrices. Remember matrices? Long rows and columns of numbers you must painstakingly add or divide or labor through somehow. With two rows by three columns, we took time to calculate each equation....

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 6, 2008; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Logic and Formulas: The Core of High School Math

Check out Post reporter Nelson Hernandez's package on core high school math today for some interesting tidbits on teaching logic, math in ancient history, and diploma requirements in Maryland, Virginia, and DC... Guess who has the toughest standards? Here's the...

By Washington Post editors | October 6, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

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