No two students are exactly alike. In a perfect world, we would treat each as an individual, but it’s not a perfect world. Most often, one teacher must guide twenty or more young people to find the path to success and understanding. For many of us that’s okay. Since, with the teacher’s guidance, we often…

Read MoreI was recently asked for a good source on differentiated instruction. I replied that ASCD put out some exceptional publications. You can find them at: http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/differentiated-instruction-campaign.aspx My concern with differentiated instruction has always been classroom management, simply put one teacher trying to see to the needs of numerous students. When each of these students has…

Read MoreAscend Education announced today the release of a new study showing the frequency of math skill gaps found in U.S. students. Which math skill gaps are most common to students in a particular grade? What percentage of students identified for intervention have skill gaps two grade levels below their current grade? How many at three…

Read MoreI’ve noticed more posts and articles lately touting either the benefits or detractions of “gamification.” It seems that not that long ago “edutainment” was the buzz word and then, just as quickly, it fell by the wayside. Why do we keep cycling back to the idea that for educational software to be effective it needs…

Read MoreIt was one year ago that we launched the Ascend Math blog. In that time, we’ve provided nearly 100 posts covering important topics like the latest research on BYOD, common core, and math intervention strategies. What’s more, we provided teachers and students with fun math problems to solve during the Winter Olympics, March Madness and throughout the…

Read MoreRight now many high schools are facing the prospect of students ready for graduation except that they did not pass the math portion of their state test. Defining the right math intervention for these students is extremely important since time is of the essence. Mindy Rucker, math coordinator at Henderson ISD in Texas has found a…

Read MoreMindy Rucker, district math coordinator at Henderson ISD, Texas recently shared the strategies she and her teachers used to help their high school students identified for RTI. These students had math skill gaps several grades below level. We hope you enjoy the video.

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