# Category Archives: Uncategorized

## What Your Brain Looks Like While Doing Math

A short time ago, the NY Times put out a fascinating story with pictures of scans showing what happens in the brain when solving a math problem. They indicated four distinct steps: encoding (downloading), planning (strategizing), solving (performing the math), … Continue reading

## A Decade of Research on Math Instruction

Education Week just released a highly informative article summarizing what has been learned from a decade of federally funded research into math instruction. I enjoyed reviewing these findings again. The research has been very advantageous. At Ascend Education, we developed … Continue reading

## The Value of Inquiry Based Teacher Guides

I just read an interesting article from Education Week, “Study: Give Weak Teachers Good Lesson Plans instead of Professional Development.” The study found that the use of inquiry based lesson plans had an effect on learning “about the same as … Continue reading

## Strategies for Helping ELL Learners

I just reviewed an interesting article regarding new instructional strategies to promote greater academic success among students not yet proficient in English. The strategies are being employed in Fresno, CA. Essentially, they get students talking to each other in pairs, rather than … Continue reading

## Three Rules for Providing Better Instructional Videos

A recent article from KQED News reported the value of using videos to teach math concepts. Here is quote from that article: “Getting students excited and authentically curious about a math task takes more than presenting a word problem. Some … Continue reading

## ESSA changes need not be a concern

Education Week and others have been reporting concerns that the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will no longer accept super subgroups in place of individual subgroups of students for accountability purposes. Under the 2001 NCLB law, the federal government … Continue reading

## Report: Elementary School Teachers Still Struggling with Common Core

The Hechinger Report recently published an article describing the challenges many Elementary School teachers still face teaching Common Core math objectives. They conclude: “If the Common Core is to improve the math education of U.S. students as intended, experts agree … Continue reading

## Study shows Growing Need for Individual Study to Fill Skill Gaps

A couple of weeks ago, a new analysis of reading and math test score data was released by Stanford CEPA (Center for Educational Policy Analysis). If you didn’t hear about it or get the chance to read the excellent New … Continue reading

## 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

## 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