### The best way to prepare early elementary students for algebra

What is the best way to prepare your early elementary school students for algebra? Work on calculation skills Work on word problems Work on both word problems and calculation None of the above. These two skill areas have nothing to do with algebra. The correct answer is (b), work on word problems, according to a… Tell Me More »

### Improve classroom discussions with this novel approach

Students often are not aware of how they participate in classroom discussions. They may not realize that they are not sharing “space” when they interrupt, talk too much, talk too little, ignore lower-achieving peers or fail to question or challenge a higher-achieving peer. A new study in The Elementary School Journal proposes a novel way to raise awareness: Take video… Tell Me More »

### Using word wall in math discussions raises student achievement

For many math teachers, leading a discussion in math class is a novel and challenging role but one that takes high-priority in current math instruction practices. What teaching practices for in leading discourse are most effective in raising math achievement? According to a new study in the Journal of Advanced Academics funded by the National Science Foundation, K-2 students whose… Tell Me More »

### 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 »