Author Archives: Kevin Briley

Study Shows Wide Disparity in Student Intervention Needs

Soon, Ascend Education will release a study revealing the math skill gaps most prominent among students in need of intervention. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time this kind of important data will be made available … Continue reading

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In intervention, the Math “Grind” requires the right reward

In a past article on gamification I’ve written that “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 … Continue reading

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A Surprising All Star Math Problem

Since 2003, the winner of the All Star Game (National League or American League) has enjoyed home field advantage in the World Series. Last night, the American League won the All Star Game. So, the American League Championship team will … Continue reading

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Ascend Math announces new Teacher Dashboard

Ascend Education announced today the addition of a Teacher Dashboard to its Ascend Math intensive math intervention product. The Ascend Math Dashboard puts the most valuable information on class progress in Ascend Math all in one place for teachers to … Continue reading

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Math Intervention requires time, but how to find it?

Todd Hicks, Principal of Crosby Middle School, an Ascend Math Gold Medal Leader, has worked out a unique approach to gaining time for intervention.  He shared his scheduling techniques with a group of math teachers at TCEA (Texas Computer Educators … Continue reading

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ASCD Shares Keys to Success in BYOD Initiatives

For any school or district considering a technology initiative I think this article is a must read.  It will only take one minute.  Then, pass it along to your committee so that they get it. This recent Association for Supervision and … Continue reading

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On Leadership and Teaching in the Math Classroom

Leadership seems to be one of the flavors of our time.  While there are many “tips” and “lists” of leadership essentials, the real measure is one’s ability to lead.  In business I deliver value by seizing opportunities and overcoming challenges, … Continue reading

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Gold Medal Honors Exceptional Math Intervention Implementations

This year, Ascend Math is honoring 23 Gold Medalist 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 best … Continue reading

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Effective Math Intervention: Engagement or Gamification?

I’ve noticed more posts and articles lately touting either the benefits or detractions of “gamification.” It seems that not that long ago “edutainment” was the buzz word and then, just as quickly, it fell by the wayside. Why do we … Continue reading

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Math Intervention Success in Texas!

A short while ago, a team from Crosby Middle School spoke to a packed house of educators about the strategies they were using to help students in need of intervention fill their math skill gaps quickly.  The team included Principal … Continue reading

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