Intensive Math Intervention Program Gets Even Better

We consistently ask the teachers and administrators at our Ascend Math partner schools to tell us how to make Ascend better so we can help students have more success. This has resulted in important improvements including adding interactivity to all video lessons, new conceptual lessons and virtual explorations, plus the dashboards for school, teacher, class…

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Flipped Classroom Benefits Revisited

A short time ago, eSchool News released the article:  3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery. In describing the benefit of truly personalized learning they write: “Much of the conversation about flipping has focused on using teacher-created video as an instructional tool, but the real benefit of flipping the classroom does not…

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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), and responding (typing out an answer) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/29/science/brain-scans-math.html?WT.mc_id=SmartBriefs-Newsletter&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=smartbriefsnl&_r=1 The steps themselves should come as no surprise…

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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 80 new math lessons over the past two years taking advantage of these findings bringing…

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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 just listening to the teacher. It works because the students are interacting (actually practicing) with…

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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 teachers are finding that a short, high-interest video or other piece of media that raises…

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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 created a system that held all states accountable on two measures—the number of students who…

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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 that teachers who are meant to get students excited about math and become proficient in…

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