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Spring Research Conference Winners

Spring Research Conference Winners

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Congratulations to Anand Bernard and Alicia Heninger who were the winners for their presentations at the Spring Research Conference held on March 19, 2016.   Anand's presentation was on Middle School Teachers' Curricular Decisions and Reasoning - For decades curriculum materials have been used as a means to reform the way that mathematics teaching and learning occurs. But recent research on the effects of curriculum materials indicates that teachers do not necessarily use curriculum materials as was intended by the curriculum designers. Recently researchers have begun to examine how teachers transform curriculum materials into instruction and the effects of these changes on student learning. While much has been done to learn about this process, most studies have been very broad in scope and currently there is little known about specific decisions…
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At the Core of Common Core

At the Core of Common Core

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Through papers and practice exercises, mathematics education professor Dawn Teuscher works to ease the transition for grade-school math teachers into the new government-issued curriculum requirements.  Since Common Core—a set of academic standards to unify the K-12 curriculum nationwide—was first introduced in 2010, it has been met with strong opinions and arguments about its worth. Common Core was created to ensure that students are taught the same mathematical concepts in the same grade levels in every state. One goal of Common Core is to help students not fall behind or get ahead if they ever have to change schools. Teuscher has taken part in researching Common Core, and together with her colleagues she published a paper in January 2015, titled, “Common Core State Standards in the Middle Grades: What’s New in the Geometry Domain and How Can Teachers Support Student Learning?”  “It’s very politically charged,” Teuscher said. “[This research] is providing a thorough…
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George Hart Visit

George Hart Visit

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Blake Peterson invited George Hart to visit BYU and work with his graduate class and give a colloquium to anyone interested.  Please visit this link for a more information.  Also you can go to georgehart.com for many more of his ideas.
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