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## Spartan Math

The number seven seeded Michigan State Spartans beat the Louisville Cardinals 76 to 70. They now join an elite group of three number one seeds in the Final Four. This certainly would qualify them as the Cinderella Story of the … Continue reading

## 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

## Sweet Sixteen Algebra

Teams will be travelling to get to their Sweet Sixteen tournament locations this week. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a 251 mile journey to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. If their bus averages 64 miles an hour how … Continue reading

## 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

## March Mathness Begins – Mascot Percentages!

A study released in the this month’s issue of Sports Illustrated magazine reveals that colleges with “bird” mascots have done better than those with animals, fantasy figures, or humans for mascots. Here is how it shapes up Mascot Winning Percentage … Continue reading

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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