Archive: Math Resources

Math and Music: Are They Connected?

I wrote a story this week about why advocates say we should fund music education during an economic downturn. I was interested in the connections between music and math, and I stumbled upon some heated debates among researchers about whether...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 18, 2008; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (7)

Lego Robots and Science After School

I went to a robotics competition for kids yesterday at a middle school in Sterling. It was pretty cool. About 200 students designed, built, and programmed their own robots using Legos, and then sent them out on various timed missions...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 17, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (2)

Teaching Elementary Math

Recruiting math professionals into teaching at all levels is a big challenge. But few people realize the kind of math smarts you need to get elementary students grounded in basic skills. It turns out a lot of elementary teachers...

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 6, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (13)

Mini-Math-Siesta and a Cool Link

The first quarter is officially over, and students have two days off while teachers calculate grades. I did a little homework over the weekend, so I would not completely forget how to graph piecewise functions, but I'm enjoying a mini-math-siesta....

By Michael Alison Chandler | November 3, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Algebra in the News

Algebra made news on both coasts this week. Check out education writer Nelson Hernandez's story today on the front page of the Washington Post, showing that 1 out of 6 high school seniors in Marlyand have not yet reached minimum...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 29, 2008; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Rethinking Eighth Grade Algebra

Washpost education columnist Jay Mathews has lost some of his gusto for making algebra a universal middle school experience. In his Class Struggle column today he writes: "Let's forget about eighth grade algebra for all. But let's push eighth grade...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 24, 2008; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (6)

College-Level Math: Moving Too Fast?

Post reporter Valerie Strauss visited a Complex Variables class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology for a story about the growing number of students who are taking college-level math before college. She wrote in yesterday's Post: Although...

By Michael Alison Chandler | October 14, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

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)

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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