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Making Math Add Up

A series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success.

From left, Diamond Johnson, Madisyn Rogers and Jamya Sanders work on their outdoor classroom prototype

Planning an Outdoor Classroom, for Real

Three classrooms, a memory bench and a sidewalk. Those are elements in ninth-graders Diamond Johnson, Madisyn Rogers and Jamya Sanders’ design for a greenhouse-themed outdoor addition to their school. “(Students and teachers) said they’d rather be outside and get fresh...

What’s the Problem with Math? Series to Show Kent Teachers Seeking Answers

Editor's note: Teachers have strived for years to improve the math performance of American students, who consistently test below the average of other developed countries. This week, School News Network begins a multipart series on why so many area...

Common Core Math Changes Focus to Real Life Scenarios

Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Common Core is going to bring big changes to the way school math...

Teacher, Math Team Create Buzz of Excitement at Lakeside Elementary

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. While his 44-student third-grade math team sat with fingers crossed, Lakeside Elementary teacher...

Performances for School Groups

The Grand Rapids Symphony is dedicated to providing exceptional opportunities for school groups and home school families to explore the world of classical music though performances in and around Grand Rapids, as well as in the schools.

Adding a Coach, Studying Data Successful In Improving Math Grades

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Students at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School have been doing better at math this...

New approach lifts struggling students’ math scores

Thanks to streamlined coaching, students are filling in gaps in their basic skills so they can move forward in math

Figure this: numbers are like toys in Math Circle

‘It’s math for the sake of math – just for fun. In class you are taught math. Here you experience math’...

They did the monster math

Students in Patti Reeder and James Rex’s classes were challenged to use exponential function to create a scenario in which zombies take over the world...

Club Subtracts Fear from Math

Diamond Sparkman softly counts aloud as she measures the sides of a polygon displayed on a computer screen, trying to determine its area. “Seven times seven is 49,” she says, writing the equation on paper. Then she’s stuck. “Miss Kanoza,...

Math Success Rates Jump in Comstock Park

Editor's note: This is the second in a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. Comstock Park High School Algebra 2 teacher Dave Staublin sketched a plain cylinder...

Good Math Skills a Must for Good Jobs, Employers Say

Editor's note: Making Math Add Up is a series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods some schools and teachers are using with success. A series on the difficulties students have learning math, and what methods...
Eli Howland, left, helps Brooke Derosia do an exercise using geometric shapes

Students Get Math by Getting Together

The first thing you notice about Andrew Smith's math class is that he isn't teaching it. Yet his students seem to be learning a lot. The Beach Elementary second-graders are scattered into half a dozen small groups, intently doing math...

Profiting from Basic Math

Though some may think it's crummy, 10th-graders Madalyn Austin and Rebekah Hoyle said The Snacky Sleeper is the perfect lazy-evening, popcorn-munching luxury: a "comfortable, supportive memory foam pillow" with a pouch for snacks. "The Snacky Sleeper keeps your snacks in...

Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...

Classroom energy + student enthusiasm = math success

Four years ago, Cedar View fifth grade teachers Jennifer Kahler and Erin Cairy switched the traditional teaching style of explaining math concepts and helping students as they worked individually to what they call "Collaborative Math." Fifth grader Colten Schreiner knows...
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