Author Archives: Kevin Briley

2016 Gold Medal Honors 17 Exceptional Schools

This year, Ascend Math is honoring 17 Gold Medal schools whose math intervention efforts have brought about a turnaround at their schools. The Ascend Math Gold Medal Award was established in 2010 to honor the schools or districts that demonstrate … Continue reading

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NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

Last week, the New York Times ran an article on Kahoot, an online quiz system from Norway being played in some schools.  The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.” These are two subjects … Continue reading

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Celebrate Earth Day with these Fun Math Problems

Welcome to the Ascend Math Blog. This is the third year we’ve had the privilege of sharing the best Earth Day math problems sent to us by teachers and students. Please use these math problems to help your students better … Continue reading

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Prepare for Earth Day with these math problems

This week we will devote the blog to math problems celebrating Earth Day, Friday April 22. For starters, here are a couple of our favorites: If each person uses an average of 700 pounds of paper products per year, how … Continue reading

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Ascend Math Gold Medal Nominations Are In

In just a few weeks we will reveal the 2016 Ascend Math Gold Medalist Schools.  So far, six schools have been added to these honorary ranks. Math Intervention students at all six have made amazing progress this year. The nominated … Continue reading

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Intrinsic or Extrinsic motivation? Why not both!

In past articles I’ve written “Interactive engagement, not entertainment, is at the core of a computer game’s ability to motivate.  Finding ways to make math more interactive and more engaging is the key to making math software better as well.” … Continue reading

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Final Four Math

Don’t Call Them for Travelling This week, four teams will travel to Houston, TX to play in the Final Four of the NCAA National Championship. Oklahoma is the closest and will fly just  432 miles. Syracuse is the furthest away and will fly  … Continue reading

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March Mathness Continues

Here is are the latest fun basketball themed math problems that have been submitted. Enjoy them with your class: A basketball court measures 94 feet by 50 feet. What is the perimeter of the court? The jersey numbers for the 13 Duke players … Continue reading

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Announcing March Mathness III

The past two years, we devoted the march blog posts to celebrating March Mathness, the math behind the sport of basketball. Many of you sent in your own math problems for posting. These included  scores, records of teams, distance teams … Continue reading

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Common Mistakes Made in Math Intervention 5: Not Expecting Better Results

Once an intervention program is in place, it can be tempting for schools to leave it in place if students are making at least some progress. But how much progress is enough? If an 8th-grade student began the year at the third-grade … Continue reading

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