Celebrate Black History Month with Fun Math Problems

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 the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. According to the American College of Sports…

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Your Brain on Math

Business Insider 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 (reading and understanding the problem), planning (strategizing how to tackle the problem), solving (performing the math), and responding (typing or writing the answer) http://www.businessinsider.com/how-brains-solve-math-problems-2016-8 The steps themselves…

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Math for President’s Day

Share these fun math facts about our Presidents with your students. Mount Rushmore The four Presidents featured on Mount Rushmore are often considered our greatest. What were their total years in office? George Washington, 1789-1797 (8 years) Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809 (8 years) Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865 (4 years) Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909 (8 years) 2. The youngest…

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It’s not about technology!

“Write the following on the blackboard 100 times: Schools don’t want technology Schools want curriculum Schools don’t want technology Schools want curriculum Etc.”      From THE Journal,  In K-12, the New, New Thing is the Old Old Thing: Currriculum  by Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway Okay, we have certainly gotten past the premise that technology…

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Curriculum Playlists, are they harder and more expensive than they look?

An article in Education Week caught my eye recently. It examined Curriculum Playlists as a method of personalizing instruction. Here’s a quote: “But some have found that implementing a playlist-based instructional model is harder—and more expensive—than it looks: On top of facilities renovations and technology upgrades, yearly software licenses cost $225 per student” This is,…

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