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Comment by Sarita Pillai on March 15, 2012 at 10:36am

Hi everyone,

Happy (almost) Spring! Hope this finds you all enjoying better weather wherever you are.

MSP2 is hoping to schedule a few more Math-focused webinars in the coming months and were wondering if any of the Group members have topics they would like to present on? 

Please contact me if so! 


Comment by David R. Wetzel on December 15, 2011 at 5:21pm

Warning: Flipping Your Classroom May Lead to Increased Student Unde...

Flipping a classroom is not a teaching technique, it is more in line with a philosophy or way of teaching. It involves using technology as a tool, not the main focus, for helping students to increase their understanding of science or math concepts.

Comment by David R. Wetzel on December 8, 2011 at 4:46pm

Motivating Underachieving Students in Math and Science

Your students’ future and education needs are not like yours and mine. For the most part, we are a product of an education system heavily influenced by the industrial age - lectures and rote memorization. This style of teaching was primarily designed to produce factory and skilled trade workers.

Due to the dynamics of today’s world economy, most students no longer have the same types of jobs waiting for them when they graduate. Their future is in the service, health, and technology career fields. However, there is still a demand for skilled trade workers (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010).

Today’s education system is still following the demands of the industrial age. So how does this clash with students’ needs for the future?

Comment by Tom Jenkins on November 11, 2011 at 3:45pm

Here's a link to the www.nonamesite.com that was sent to me by a STEM colleague.  Very appropriate for upper middle school math.  My favorite is "Brando the Egghunter."  Funded by a DARPA grant and even offers the students actual prizes for doing well!

Comment by Sarita Pillai on October 5, 2011 at 1:37pm

Dear Math Group Members,

I am hoping to re-start group activity and will be working on facilitating discussions on math related topics of interest in the coming weeks. 

I hope you will join me in making this a vibrant community that engages in rich and productive discussions!

My first order of business is finding out two things:

1.  What math related topics are you looking for/need information on?  These may be topics we discuss within this group, and/or the MSP2 staff may organize webinars on these topics for the MSP2 community at large.

2.  What topics would YOU be interested in sharing your expertise with the group (and the MSP2 community at large)? For e.g., this could occur via a webinar, blog post or other related activity within MSP2.

Please let me know your thoughts, I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sarita Pillai


Comment by Kim Lightle on September 26, 2011 at 9:38am

You might like NRICH: MATHS (http://nrich.maths.org/public/) from the UK.  It includes work, puzzles, games, and problems for all school ages. I find the approach and content to be original, off-the-wall, and therefore fun as well as productive.  And it's free!

Comment by Kim Lightle on September 23, 2011 at 1:38pm
Tom - Thanks for the link. You can always search in MSP2 Digital Library for resources too - http://www.msteacher2.org/page/search-the-msp2-collection-of. We are always adding/removing resources from the collection so any ideas are always welcome. Kim
Comment by Tom Jenkins on September 23, 2011 at 9:40am

Great site that I use with my STEM class to help with computation as well as generating answers in many forms.



What are some good sites that you use?

Comment by David R. Wetzel on September 14, 2011 at 9:45pm
How to Encourage Critical Thinking in Science and Math

Encouraging students to use critical thinking is more than an extension activity in science and math lessons, it is the basis of true learning.


Teaching students how to think critically helps them move beyond basic
Comment by David R. Wetzel on July 7, 2011 at 11:01am
Advantages of Active Learning in Science and Math

Active learning has a powerful impact on student learning. How? Student achievement increases through mastery of science and math content as a result of this technique. Students also develop improved problem solving, communication, and higher order thinking skills.

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