Author Archives: Mike Edgren

It’s not about technology!

“Write the following on the blackboard 100 times: Schools don’t want technology Schools want curriculum Schools don’t want technology Schools want curriculum Etc.”      From THE Journal,  In K-12, the New, New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Currriculum … Continue reading

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Curriculum Playlists, are they harder and more expensive than they look?

An article in Education Week caught my eye recently. It examined Curriculum Playlists as a method of personalizing instruction. Here’s a quote:  “But some have found that implementing a playlist-based instructional model is harder—and more expensive—than it looks: On top … Continue reading

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Final Four Fun with Math

We continue our series of fun March Mathness problems this week.  Here are two that were submitted for the Final Four. Gonzaga and South Carolina will play each other in the Semi-Final on Saturday.   In the last round Gonzaga beat Xaviar 83 … Continue reading

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The Sweet Sixteen Average

The teams that made it to the Sweet Sixteen are very different. Some have posted high scores in post season, some low. But they are all winners.  Can you find the mean, median, and mode for points scored per game … Continue reading

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More March Mathness Problems

Here are some fun math problems to share with students: 1. NBA games have 4 12-minute quarters.  College games have 2 20-minute halves.  Which games are longer, NBA or College, and by how much? 2.  The tournament started with 64 teams. Of … Continue reading

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Upsetting Mathness!

I am from Minnesota and yes, I am a graduate of the University there.  And I am upset. I’m upset at the upset of the #5 seeded Golden Gophers at the hands (large hands) of the Middle Tennessee State Blue … Continue reading

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The Math of the March Mascots

As we prepare for the actual games, some folks out there are having special fun with the 68 teams.  USA Today presents a ranking of the teams according to their team name and mascot. We figured why not add a little … Continue reading

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Math for President’s Day

Share these fun math facts about our Presidents with your students. The four Presidents featured on Mount Rushmore are often considered our greatest. What were their total years in office?   George Washington, 1789-1797 (8 years)   Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809  … Continue reading

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Valentines Day Math Fun

Our records show that math intervention and enhancement students working in Ascend Math are making fantastic progress this year.  We offer this Valentine’s Day math fun for them and you. 1.  The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a … Continue reading

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Math for MLK Day!

The following math problems were submitted by math educators for past blogs.  We hope they will be helpful to teachers wanting to tie MLK facts into their regular curriculum: 1. On 25 March 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands of … Continue reading

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