Archives – August 2014

August 29, 2014

Study: Children’s Brains Change as They Learn Mental Math

“No fingers, no calculators, and no pencils.” Teachers everywhere can be heard saying this refrain before drilling students on math facts, and a new study has shown how students’ brains change as their mental math skills improve. “We wanted to…


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August 25, 2014

7 Facts to Know about Women and STEM

In light of Maryam Mirzakhani becoming the first female Fields Medal winner this month, we wanted to share seven facts about women’s participation in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. There’s work to do … Although women make up…


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August 22, 2014

Nine Cool Careers That Use Math Skills

Climate patterns like these are predicted by mathematical models. “GOES-West Satellite Eyes Soggy Storm Approaching California” by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is licensed under CC by 2.0 From the fashion runway to the crime scene, math skills transfer to…


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August 20, 2014

Back to School: Parents’ Edition

“63/365: They’re Back” by riekhavoc is licensed under CC by 2.0 Shopping for school supplies, planning carpools, signing forms, figuring out after-school activities. Does it ever stop for parents getting their kids ready for school? Here are a few of…


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August 18, 2014

First Female Wins Mathematics’ Top Prize

Last week, Maryam Mirzakhani made history. She became the first woman to win the Fields Medal , considered the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics. The 37-year-old mathematics professor from Stanford University won the prestigious award for her work on abstract surfaces….


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August 15, 2014

Back to School: Teachers’ Edition

Need some inspiration, tips, and activity ideas before the start of the school year? Check out these resources to get ready for your first day: Join the new teacher chat twitter conversation to ask questions and share ideas with the…


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August 11, 2014

A Parent’s Guide to Summer Learning

Some refer to this time of year as “summer doldrums” for students. The excitement of vacations, camps, theme parks, and late nights is dying down and boredom starts to creep in. One way to energize your child’s summer? Recommit yourselves…


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August 5, 2014

Five Books for Teachers

Looking for good reads before the school year starts? We’ve gathered together a list of five books to add to your reading list, ranging from teacher professional development to student psychology. What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter…


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