Category: STEM

Have Common Core Standards Changed Mathematics?

What Is — and Isn’t — Different in Today’s K-12 Math Classrooms It’s common practice for mathematics teachers to provide this three-word instruction when they hand out tests: “show your work.” It’s how they check if students have understood concepts that were covered in class. That said, Common Core math standards are changing what it… Read more »

Teaching Math with Technology: 8 Virtual Resources

Research shows that teachers can integrate technology to help students grasp mathematical procedures and develop advanced mathematical proficiencies. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) added that technological tools are necessary for engaging students. What types of technology can be implemented into mathematics classrooms? The following section offers several ideas that can help when… Read more »

Interesting Number Facts for Elementary and Middle School Students

How can you get your students engaged and excited about mathematics? Maybe you’ve seen some fun math facts for kids that can pique students’ curiosity. Those statements and brain-teasers can be a great way to challenge students, help them think critically, and enable them to develop an appreciation for the beauty of mathematics. On a… Read more »

Leveling Up: How Digital Game-Based Learning Is Altering Education

At the turn of the 21st century, public interest in games as learning tools took hold. In the eyes of digital game-based learning proponents, the general public and today’s teachers finally understood something that students and educational researchers knew all along. To put it in the words of an elementary student at the 2004 Serious… Read more »

Kid Geniuses Making Scientific Break-Throughs

School-age scientists are breaking ground and making history When you let a child’s imagination run wild, there are no limits as to where it can go. Igniting a child’s creativity and getting them excited about science can take them down a fulfilling road of adventure, discovery and invention.