### Paraphrasing math word problems improves performance of some students

Math word problems are especially challenging to students because they place demands on both reading and math skills. Does paraphrasing the word problems improve performance? A new study in Learning Disability Quarterly says paraphrasing is helpful for students at risk for math disability only if they have a good working memory capacity. This may account… Tell Me More »

### ‘Leaky pipeline’ to STEM careers is misleading metaphor

Are you worried that too few of your students are taking advanced science and math courses and are on track for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers? It’s much too early to predict their career trajectories, says a new study in Science Education. The path to a chosen career is rarely linear. In 10 years, many students… Tell Me More »

### ADHD students benefit more from binder organization system than planning, time-management interventions

A checklist that helped middle school students keep their papers organized in a school binder was more effective at helping students with ADHD complete their school work than other organizational-skills interventions, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. Over 16 sessions, 23 middle school students participated in a… Tell Me More »

### The 4 elements of an effective set-up of a challenging math problem

Not all kids love a challenge in math class. But more kids become engaged in solving the math problem if you do a good job setting it up, says a study in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. After reviewing video recordings of 165 math teachers in their classrooms, researchers identified 4 key elements of… Tell Me More »

### What prepares students for algebra

A new four-year study in Mississippi funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will look at what works to get middle-schoolers ready for algebra in 8th grade. Mississippi requires students to pass Algebra I to graduate, but it has the largest achievement gap in the nation between rural and non-rural eighth graders, according to… Tell Me More »

### Tutoring, prep classes help only a few California students to pass state test

California schools offer high school students tutoring, prep classes and 2 extra years of schooling after Grade 12 to help them pass the rigorous California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that these services help only 1-2% of students succeed and that tutoring seemed to… Tell Me More »

### How math curricula contribute to students’ misunderstanding of the equal sign

One reason students in elementary school commonly misinterpret the equal sign is that they are only exposed to equations like this: 2 + 3=5 or 8 – 4=5. If they were also exposed to nonstandard equations such as 8=5 + 3 or 3 + 4=12 – 5, they would better understand that the equal sign… Tell Me More »

### How to use 5 popular card games to improve students’ understanding of fractions

It’s one of the bugaboos of learning fractions, knowing that 3/8 is a smaller number than 1/2. Judging the magnitude of fractions, i.e. determining which fraction is larger or smaller than the other remains a major stumbling block for children in elementary math. Even by Grade 5, children struggle to order fractions and place them… Tell Me More »

### Calif. schools use Mexican curriculum for math and science classes

Four Southern California high schools are helping more Latino students succeed in math and science by offering rigorous bilingual math and science online curriculum from Mexico. Project SOL (Secondary Online Learning) is a collaborative effort between Gandara, the University of California system, and the Mexican Colegio de Bachilleres, which developed the digital math and science… Tell Me More »

### Online Algebra I is viable alternative for students in rural schools

Students in rural schools have less access to grade 8 Algebra I than their peers in urban or suburban schools, but the gap can be bridged by providing online courses, according to a new study from the National Center For Educational Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Some 39% of students in rural schools who score in… Tell Me More »