Author Archives: Kevin Briley

It’s Gold Medal Time for Successful Math Intervention Students

In just a few weeks we will reveal the 2015 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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Do Snow Days Hurt Math Progress?

A study by Harvard Professor  Joshua Goodman into the effect of snow days on student progress recently appeared in the Washington Post.  He concludes that official snow days do not appear to affect progress, but student absenteeism does negatively effect progress, especially … Continue reading

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Close the math gender gap with effective intervention strategies

A few weeks ago the Washington Post ran yet another article on the Gender Gap in education.  The article is worth a quick look.  “These results strongly suggest that gender gaps in school performance are not determined by innate differences … Continue reading

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Announcing the Return of March Mathness

Last year, 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 have to … Continue reading

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The scalability of individualized instruction in math intervention

Great intentions do not always equate to great results.  Anyone who has spent any time in education comes to realize this.  Recently, ASCD has been promoting a well-intentioned approach to differentiated instruction. Their article “Differentiating without Drowning”  maintains that teachers … Continue reading

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Ideas Wanted for Math Explorations. Cash Prizes!

There’s still plenty of time to enter the Create Your Own Math Exploration Contest from Ascend Math. Ascend Education is giving educators and their students a chance to come up with their own ideas for online explorations for any math objective … Continue reading

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The Growing Importance of Individualization in Math Intervention

Recently, the Washington Post reported that for the first time ever, the majority of public school students are from low income families, that is students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.  The article goes on to explain how this changes … Continue reading

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A Valentine for Your Math Intervention Students

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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Celebrate Black History Month with Math

In honor of Black History Month we’ve provided a few fun and challenging math problems. Try these out. 1. On 25 March 1965, Martin Luther King led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators on a 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma, Alabama to … Continue reading

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The Super Bowl of Math

Share these five engaging Super Bowl math problems with your math intervention or enhancement students. Myth or Math? A super bowl quarterback can throw a fully inflated football 55 yards in the air. If he has his equipment manager deflate … Continue reading

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