Ascend Education recently announced that a record 37 schools are being recognized as Gold Medal schools this year. The Gold Medal Award was established in 2010 to honor the schools or districts that best demonstrate a dedication to ensuring that all students become successful at math. The Gold Medal nominees all used Ascend Math to…

Read MoreThe goal for math equity is to achieve a math identity for all students. When I think about the many challenges schools and districts face in addressing all students, I also think about the possibilities for success that new opportunities offer such students. I have just returned from the NCSM conference, an event I looked…

Read MoreWhen my husband, Kevin, and I founded Ascend Math back in 2007, it was with the goal of helping to give all kids the gift of math literacy, especially those who may have fallen through the cracks. What we’ve received in return since then has been satisfying proof that Ascend is having a real-world impact…

Read MoreA special thank you to the 8th grade math students from Johnsburg Junior High School in IL for submitting the following math problem to the 2018 Earth Day Math Contest: If a tree grows 5 branches and each of those branches grows an additional 5 branches and each of those grow another 5 branches, how…

Read MoreEarth Day is Sunday, April 22. This year’s theme is to end plastic pollution. Celebrate with your math class this year and remind students to recycle, reuse, and reduce. The first 10 classrooms to send us their Earth Day Math Problem (with solution) will receive a packet of Earth Day pencils made from recycled newspaper…

Read MoreAre you ready for March Madness, the annual NCAA Men’s basketball tournament? Math plays into this annual event in more ways than you might think. Some of the most popular posts of the past four years have been those celebrating March Mathness, the math behind the sport of basketball! Check this blog regularly for more…

Read MorePi Day, celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world, is right around the corner. Start your celebration by sharing these sweet Pi Day links with your math students and friends. A brief history of Pi: http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/history_of_pi/index.html Pi Activities: https://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/activities Pi Humor: http://www.pinterest.com/mathhugger/pi-day-humor/ Pi Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLhYvn4UCaU Pi Rap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2uVoDxZpaQ Pi Facts: https://www.factretriever.com/pi-facts

Read MoreHere are a couple of Olympic Math Events to try in your classroom. Try introducing this concept to students working to understand that each circle is 360°.Two-time Gold Medal Olympian Shaun White landed the best halfpipe run of his career at the U.S. Grand Prix of Snowmass. On the first jump he performed a 1440,…

Read MoreIn 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…

Read MoreHappy Holidays from Ascend Math! Here are some festive math problems to share with your class as you celebrate the holidays. Santa’s reindeers Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blixon, and Rudolph were helping in wrapping gifts. Dasher can wrap 1,000 gifts in 3 hours. Prancer can wrap 300 gifts in 1 hour. Prancer…

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