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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.

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...

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
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...

Upping the equity quotient in math

Leading Educators involves about 50 educators in Godwin Heights, Wyoming, Godfrey-Lee, Kentwood and Grand Rapids Public Schools who have signed on for a two-year commitment...

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’...

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...

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...

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...

New Technology Helps Kindergartners with Math

Lakeside Elementary kindergartner Charlotte Kanaan stood beside teacher Shannon Mitchell and worked through a math problem, which her classmates could see thanks to a document camera that beamed her actions through an overhead projector. Today’s lesson: 11s and 12s,...

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.

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,...

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...

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...

Math, Fun? With Creative Teaching and Baseball, Anything’s Possible

Editor's Note: At Recess is an occasional humor column that takes a lighter look at schools and education. Funny things sometimes happen when you work with kids -- or adults! The views expressed represent only the views of the writer and...

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...
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