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February 28, 2015 12:50 pm - By in Blended Learning

Adaptive Software: Friend, Not Foe

In my work supporting blended learning in Rhode Island and the surrounding region, one of the push-backs I occasionally hear is, “Why would teachers embrace technology that’s going to make them obsolete?” When I am faced with this question, I…

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February 26, 2015 12:23 pm - By in Blogs, Math Learning

Engaging ELL students in middle school

Imagine being suddenly transported into a classroom in a foreign country. You are expected to solve math problems that the teacher just introduced, yet you don’t speak the language. Did you pick up on anything she said? Abran sus libros…

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February 24, 2015 8:30 pm - By in Blogs, From DreamBox

Latino Ells and Math: Six Gap-Closing Classroom Math Strategies Infographic

Read our latest white paper on Six Strategies to Reach, Teach, and Close Math Gaps: For Latino English Language Learners in Elementary and Middle School. Learning and understanding the unique language of math can be a challenge for many of…

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February 23, 2015 12:25 pm - By in From DreamBox

Black History Month: African American STEM Leaders

And don’t miss Ed Tech for Educational Inclusion at SXSW African American mathematicians, scientists, and inventors have contributed to our nation’s greatness since the time of President George Washington.  In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting the contributions of…

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February 18, 2015 7:27 pm - By in From DreamBox

Women and math: why we need to create greater equity, access, and support

Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. Many of the women who have made history and positively affected our world have been mathematicians.But sadly, many of their achievements were only made after overcoming tremendous barriers, and this is not just…

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February 18, 2015 1:12 am - By in From DreamBox

Amazing female mathematicians

And don’t miss Ed Tech for Educational Inclusion at SXSW to learn how girls can gain more equity and access! Since Hypatia made her mark in ancient Alexandria, women have been changing the world with their contributions in mathematics.  In…

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January 29, 2015 1:36 pm - By in Math Learning

Filling Foundational Gaps and Preparing Students for Algebraic Concepts

Each year as a new group of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed students file into our math classrooms, we see their math ability reflected in their degree of eye contact. The ones who are confident and get good grades (the school’s form of…

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January 29, 2015 9:00 am - By in Blogs, Math Learning

The inner workings of the middle school math mind

The middle school mind is…different. As 13-year-old Logan LaPlante described in his Ted Talk Hack Schooling Makes Me Happy, “Neuroscientists say that the teenage brain is pretty weird: our prefrontal cortex is underdeveloped, but we actually have more neurons than…

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January 29, 2015 7:06 am - By in Blogs, Math Learning

Forget “academics” for middle school. Focus on engagement and authenticity.

Several years ago when my school district was working to create a new, more actionable mission statement, we hit an unforeseen bump in the road. We were proudly reviewing our sixth draft of the statement (which was 95 percent finished)…

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