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Distance Graph

We are working on slope in my Fundamentals of Algebra classes. In my Laying the Foundation/NMSI training last year the leader recommended using …

Everything about the way we teach math is wrong

And it is a disaster that it isn't taught this way to students.<p>"A Mathematician's Lament" is a classic polemic (later expanded and published as a book) written by math teacher Paul Lockhart. The essay is a devastating and passionate assault on the mechanistic way mathematics is taught in most of …

Mathematics

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Graphles to Graphles

New game! My Algebra 2 students struggle with stating the domain and range for reasons including: trouble understanding and writing inequalities, and …

Phone Battery

Yesterday I read this awesome post by Dylan Kane. Today I posed the same question to my students.<p>Before I get into the details I have to say - I'm so …

What's My Risk Of Catching Ebola?

Health officials are saying it. Scientists are saying it. Heck, even many journalists are saying it: "The risk of Ebola infection remains vanishingly small in this country," <i>The New York Times</i> wrote Wednesday.<p>But what does that mean? Are you more likely to be struck by lightning or catch Ebola?<p>It …

30 Fun Facts About The Voyage of the Mimi

Thirty years ago this month, <i>The Voyage of the Mimi</i> debuted on PBS. The groundbreaking educational science series, part of the curriculum of many …

Median Age Around the World

<i>[Map credit: Simran Khosla / See larger / See Europe]</i><p>Today's map, which comes from <i>Global Post</i>, uses <i>CIA Factbook</i> data to show the median age in …

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Montana's Toxic Lake

<i>If you want to learn about someplace, you can always pick up a textbook. But if you want to get to know a place, you're going to have to dig a little</i> …

Math Project Ideas: Examples of Project-Based Learning

Math Project Ideas: Examples of Project-Based Learning<p>Updated on June 9, 2015<p>Engaging Math Projects for All Grade Levels<p>If you've developed your own …

Education Technology

#70Days Using Card Sorts in Class!

I like to use card sorts in my math classroom. I've been working on various sets. One popular set I created is for identifying the difference between …

Disruption In Higher Ed Is Growing, But Not Instantaneous

<i>Meg Evans, a former research assistant at the Clayton Christensen Institute and now the social innovation manager at Udemy, and I coauthored this piece.</i><p>In 2009, Joe Marani, a resident of Marshfield, Mass., lost his job during the height of the recession. Having only partially completed college, he …

The Most Underemployed College Majors

Yesterday, Forbes reported on the jobs in which the most Americans feel underemployed, a term compensation comparison site Payscale defines as “having part-time work but wanting full-time work, or holding a job that doesn’t require or utilize a person’s education, experience or training.”<p>But what …

How Much Is $100 Really Worth in Each State?

How far does $100 go? Today's map, which comes from the Tax Foundation and uses data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, answers that question …

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To save lives, allow cops to stop texting drivers - Futurity

State laws that allow police to pull over texting drivers are associated with a 3 percent reduction in traffic deaths.

Text Messaging

Students learn more if they'll need to teach others - Futurity

Students learn better and recall more when they think they will soon need to teach the material to someone else.

The Financial Literacy Gap Costs College Graduates Thousands

A recent study highlighted the huge gap in financial literacy among American students. And while this study was focused on high school students, that same issue continues through college and beyond. With the push for American students to go to college and spend thousands of dollars on their …

Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

This week, <i>All Things Considered</i> is exploring how people interpret probability. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a 70 percent chance of success?<p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the …

Why Do Low-Income Students Take Longer to Graduate?

Financial-aid restrictions are woefully out of keeping with the way most students attend school today.<p>The golden image of college students walking brick-paved paths to attend small classes in ivy-covered buildings hasn't matched the reality of higher education for a while now. Nearly half of U.S. …

Is College Worth The Skyrocketing Costs?

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>The numbers say it all: Since 1985, the price of college has increased a staggering 538%. Average student loan debt is approaching $30,000 per grad. And more than 50% of recent grads are either jobless or underemployed.<p>To many observers—not to mention …

Barbie Zip Line

<b>Inspiration from Matt, John, and Jedidiah helped me shape my Barbie Zip Line task today</b>. Whenever I prepare new tasks for my students, I have been …

Fascinating graphics show who owns all the major brands in the world

All the biggest product brands in the world are owned by a handful of corporation. Food, cleaning products, banks, airlines, cars, media companies... …

Do Larger Animals Take Longer to Pee?

A rhinoceros has a bigger bladder than a dog, and generates urine by the bucketful. So which animal spends more time peeing? Scientists from Georgia …

New York Times

How Family Trees Work

I have never been able to remember what a "first cousin" is, much less a "first cousin, once removed." But don't worry, there's YouTube. In the video …

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How to (Truly) Improve Your Luck

In 1938, a Detroit street sweeper named Joseph Figlock saved the life of a baby falling from an apartment building. A lucky moment, indeed. It was …

Etymology

20-minute 'snapshot' gives teachers better feedback - Futurity

A new, 20-minute assessment tool offers a less subjective way to evaluate teaching, report researchers.

Snapshot

Urination duration: Study finds most mammals need about 21 seconds

Headed to the bathroom? If you think you might have to "pee like a race horse," join the club -- so does everyone else. Scientists who watched dozens of different mammals from rats to elephants relieve themselves found that most of them seem to urinate in the same time frame – around 21 seconds.<p>The …

8 Notable Price Points Adjusted for Inflation

There was a time when telephone calls cost a dime a minute if you used Sprint, and you could get a shave and a haircut for two bits. Were those …