If you have to think about 3x = 18 . . .

Thinking about everything is hard, writes Greg Ashman, author of Cognitive Load Theory, on Filling the Pail. It exhausts students'...

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Joanne Jacobs

- 3 days ago
- 2 min

If you have to think about 3x = 18 . . .

Thinking about everything is hard, writes Greg Ashman, author of Cognitive Load Theory, on Filling the Pail. It exhausts students'...

Joanne Jacobs

- Mar 6
- 2 min

Learning math matters

Please "stop talking about so-called learning loss," writes Jo Boaler, a Stanford professor and math reform advocate, on the Hechinger...

Joanne Jacobs

- Feb 27
- 2 min

Seeking the 'science of math' teaching

Basing early literacy teaching on evidence of what works -- the "science of reading" -- has taken off in the last 10 years. Teachers are...

Joanne Jacobs

- Feb 23
- 2 min

Algebra: Gateway or barrier?

“What is so magical about algebra as a math requirement?” asked Eloy Ortiz Oakley, former chancellor of California’s community college...

Joanne Jacobs

- Feb 9
- 3 min

Khan: Students hit the wall in Algebra I if they don't know 3 x 7 = 21

Remote instruction led to disastrous learning losses," especially in math, according to conclusive research, writes Kevin Mahnken on The...

Joanne Jacobs

- Feb 7
- 2 min

If a Canadian walks 2 miles and 3.2 kilometers, how far is that in farsakhs?

Math is not "neutral," argueTori Trajanovski and Cristina De Simone on The Conversation. "Biases in math exist that are grounded in...

Joanne Jacobs

- Jan 19
- 2 min

How much math?

British students who pass a national math exam at 15 or 16 don't have to take any more math, unless they need higher-level math for...

Joanne Jacobs

- Dec 19, 2022
- 2 min

Teacher tries 'just-in-time' math for students who didn't learn the basics

A veteran teacher at Denver's George Washington High, Joe Bolz knows his students didn't learn much math when their middle schools...

Joanne Jacobs

- Dec 19, 2022
- 2 min

Middle-school math is a disaster

Disrupted learning's effect on middle-school math skills is worse than you think, writes David Wakelyn on The 74. "As many as 1 million...

Joanne Jacobs

- Dec 2, 2022
- 1 min

Florida's special-ed students are doing very well: Is it choice?

In Florida, which pioneered school choice for special-needs students more than 20 years ago, students with disabilities are doing very...

Joanne Jacobs

- Nov 30, 2022
- 1 min

Does Gates have 'right answer' for math ed?

The Gates Foundation is going to put more than a billion dollars into math education. Do we know how to teach math? asks Jay Caspian Kang...

Joanne Jacobs

- Nov 29, 2022
- 1 min

Math and science are 'every human's birthright'

There's no need to "decolonise" math, writes John Armstrong in The Spectator. He's published an open letter criticizing a proposal...

Joanne Jacobs

- Nov 29, 2022
- 2 min

Math scores keep falling: It's not 'drill and kill'

I learned my multiplication tables in fourth grade, and they've been mine ever since. I've had my worries over the years, but figuring...

Joanne Jacobs

- Nov 8, 2022
- 1 min

The $1 trillion math error

Weak math skills could cost young workers as much as $1 trillion in the coming decades, warns a a new study. National test scores show...

Joanne Jacobs

- Nov 4, 2022
- 2 min

Failing college: Covid kids can't do the math

For a year or more, their high school classes were online. Perhaps they returned to an on-and-off schedule with frequent quarantine...

Joanne Jacobs

- Oct 31, 2022
- 1 min

Alabama (!) leads nation in minimizing learning loss

Alabama led the nation in maintaining math and reading achievement during the pandemic, reports Trisha Powell Crain of AL.com. That is,...

Joanne Jacobs

- Oct 28, 2022
- 1 min

In search of lost time

Schools need more time to "instruct, support, and engage with students," after more than two years of disruption, writes Rick Hess,...

Joanne Jacobs

- Oct 25, 2022
- 2 min

Tell parents truth: Enough with the happy talk

Tell parents the unpleasant truth about learning loss, writes Andrew Rotherham in a story on the state NAEP scores in the The 74. "The...

Joanne Jacobs

- Oct 25, 2022
- 3 min

Nation's Report Card shows 'appalling' fall in math, reading

Fourth- and eighth-graders' math and reading proficiency fell across the country after two years of disruption, reports the National...

Joanne Jacobs

- Oct 5, 2022
- 3 min

NYU fires tough chem prof, raises complainers' grades

Would-be doctors have to get through organic chemistry, a tough class that can be a dream killer. When NYU pre-meds earned poor grades...

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