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5 Math Apps That Are Great for Differentiation

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Feb 16, 2017

 

Differentiation is both a complex concept and a critical tool to meet the needs of today’s learners. At times, I have seen the complexity overwhelm a teacher to the point of frustration. Teachers will tell me it is just too much, and they are returning to the whole group instruction model that they used before.

While front-of-the-room learning isn’t a bad concept, it is difficult knowing that all of your students are not at the same place and you can’t do anything to help all the differing levels. Technology has helped change this—especially in classrooms with a 1:1 model. With a device in the hands of each student, teachers can more easily differentiate to meet the needs of the individuals. 

So when it comes to math, where is a teacher to start? Here is a list that touches on a few of the major players in the market—each one has its advantages and disadvantages. Some of these are connected to large textbook companies, while some are more independently operated. If you are seriously considering the time and money needed to invest in one of these, here is a starting point for your research:

 

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Topics: STEM Lessons, Math, curriculum, tips for teachers, STEM

8 Ways to Make a Great STEM Lesson

Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Tue, Mar 29, 2016

What is STEM?

The acronym stands for Science/Technology/Engineering/Math, and it typically is used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development. STEM Curriculum Specialist Nancy Tsupros defines it more specifically as follows:

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009)

STEM was created to encourage a greater focus on science and math disciplines, in order to build a workforce equipped for the high-tech jobs in the future. Simply teaching math and science using technology cannot accomplish this. STEM is about changing the way we approach these disciplines. It’s about going beyond the classroom and prepping students for the real world. 

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Topics: Science Lessons, STEM Lessons, Math, curriculum

Witches and Ghosts and Goblins OH MY! - Halloween Math Gallery Pack

Posted by Melanie Fortier on Thu, Oct 17, 2013

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What is more fun and engaging this time of year than Halloween themed lessons?

In this spooky gallery pack you will find Halloween themed images, math lessons, and math templates. You and your students can “Go Batty for Addition”, find the “Ghostly Facts”, figure out “Witch is Greater”, and much more! 

You can use our lessons just as they are or concoct your very own using the images and templates in the gallery pack.  Happy Halloween!

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Topics: Free Content, Math, Halloween

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