NebraskaMATH Newsletter - May 2014

Limited number of fellowships available for NMSSI

TEAC 892 Reasoning and SensemakingSummer is a great time to join with other Nebraska teachers and take a math or pedagogy course offered by the NMSSI. To date, more than 250 teachers have registered for more than 500 classes. It is still possible to receive one of the $300 NMSSI Fellowships, but the funding is limited. Apply now! Continue reading…

Can 'grit' be taught in the classroom?

Some schools are experimenting with teaching "grit," defined as persistence, determination and resilience. Research by Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, shows promise for teaching the skills for it in schools. Continue reading…

Blogarithm: Apples and remainders

"What is the purpose of constructing a viable mathematical argument or proof?" asks Rob Ely in the new blog, Blogarithm: Standards of Mathematical Practice. "I think that we have focused too much on conviction as the purpose of mathematical argumentation." Continue reading…

Gretna Public Schools makes headlines

Some high-school students in a Nebraska district are coming to school early or staying late to make up work they missed or receive extra instruction in math and other core subjects. NCTM picked up this story in their national headlines. Continue reading…

Originally published May 9, 2014 - Submit an Item