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New Mathematical Principles Being Implemented in Our Classrooms

After your children have a solid understanding conceptually of the operations and procedures of mathematics, they are able to solve problems, think logically and justify their own reasoning. The jump in levels, described in mathematical proficiency, is exciting for teachers because the last level claims students will “perceive mathematics as useful and worthwhile,” which is one of the most fulfilling feelings as a math professional (“Principles to Actions”, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 8). While educators should be consistently implementing Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), if students do not have a strong background or the correct experiences to foster academic growth, teachers will not be able to affect our children as deemed necessary. Teachers assist our children by engaging them in challenging tasks, connecting prior knowledge to current lessons, and eventually instilling meta-cognitive awareness into daily thinking habits while using proper communication skills to get the message across.

I’m ecstatic that the education system has since adapted and realized that rogue memorization is not a high-level task. We perform more rigorous activities and promote reasoning and problem solving throughout the education system. We’ve done so by incorporating different kinds of goals, similar to the CCSSM, into our lesson plans but also short-term differences that students can be tracking. “Learning projections and trajectories” help students to achieve fuller understanding and leave a lasting impression (NCTM, 13). Students taking their education into their own hands also increases self-efficacy and relinquishes power of the teacher to the students.

Students want to know why we are learning what we are learning. Defining the purpose of the lesson and having students make real-world connections helps them to develop an understanding as to how the problem is related to them as a learner. They can ponder “this makes sense to me because…” or “this applies to me if…” and so forth. Creating a more open and possibly spontaneous atmosphere of education, due to utilizing group work and multiple entry points of understanding a concept, creates an enriching classroom! Student collaboration fosters respect and understanding of a variety of ways to approach even one problem without monotonously hounding kids to “be respectful.” They learn to do the task on their own which helps the teacher take a step back and helps kids reach perspectives or knowledge on their own.

Giving students the answer or simply engaging in call and response techniques no longer identifies proof of learning taking place. Instead, teachers can “monitor student work” and by “sequencing students’ responses in a specific order for classroom discussion,” prompt students to talk amongst each other about the lesson and provide their own opinions and explanations (NCTM, 30).

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Most Popular To-Try Recipes

Are you tired of all the simplistic recipes you’ve been cooking? Kids getting tired of the same old meatloaf and lasagna? We’ve all seen exciting videos of decadent food while scrolling through social media sites but where do you start? Are you asking yourself, “Where do I even begin?” or “Does anyone even try these recipes?” Well, BuzzFeed has compiled its favorites based on the opinions of not only its writers, but of readers as well! Click on the link below to be the talk on this Sunday’s before-church desert or Tuesday night book club snacks:

Statistical Analysis in Climate Change

While there is a strong statistical link between rising temperatures and greenhouse gas emissions, skeptics of global warming claim the anthropogenic, or human-caused climate change, effects are overestimated. Pablo Verdes, however, conducted data analysis looking at the driving force of a non-linear time series of the past 150 years. Click the link to read up on the astounding coincidence:

10 Upcoming Technology That May Change The World

In recent years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in technology with a push to continually update, downsize, revamp and refurbish gadgets we use on a daily basis. It’s your duty as a functioning member of society to become aware of upcoming technology, not necessarily as a consumer, but as a person who may come into contact with these new ideas and robotics. You should simply be aware of their existence. Ignorance is no longer bliss in the year of 2017 especially when we have the opportunity to have driverless cars and virtual reality video games. Read up on the ability to control a tablet with only your eyes or a supercomputer available to a greater spread of the public here: