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Adventures of an Intern: It All Adds Up

  
  
  
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By Sydney Rosen

Going into MIND Research Institute, where I was to intern for the summer, for the first time I didn’t know much of what to expect. A majority of my knowledge about the social benefit nonprofit came from my dad, who had done prior work with them. I also knew I was going to be an intern, a role which is typically not known for its glamour. Essentially, I pretty much knew MIND Research generates visual math software programs for schools all around the United States to improve math test scores. I also had heard about their upcoming Math Fair to be held at the end of the summer to kick off the new school year for MIND and to showcase their approach. Other than this, I had no idea what was ahead of me, besides the fact that it was going to be an adventure.



Supporting Sixth Grade Success with ST Math

  
  
  
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McPherson Magnet School is part of Orange USD, located in southern California. A K8 magnet school focused on science, math and technology, McPherson has been open since 1997 and serves 900 students. The school’s mission includes valuing a range of learning styles, utilizing a variety of learning tools and strategies while extending the learning environment beyond the classroom.

Getting Middle School Math Right

  
  
  
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Teaching math in middle school is challenging! Teachers deal with adolescent volatility, a wide variance in student ability, and a surprisingly sophisticated set of mathematical ideas. Adding to these challenges, the new Common Core assessments probe students’ understanding of mathematical concepts at a depth not previously widespread on State tests. To combat this, teachers need sophisticated instructional materials that not only build students’ conceptual understanding, but also engage and challenge all students at this critical time in their personal, social and mathematical development.

A Latina’s Perspective: Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Latino Leaders

  
  
  
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By Sobeyda B. Gomez, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, our friend at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics shares her take on preparing the next generation of Hispanic STEM learners.



A Middle School Math Teacher’s Perspective on Why Blended Works

  
  
  
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We were lucky enough to talk with Ms. Lacey Carr, teacher at Marshall Middle School in Pomona USD about what blended learning looks like in her middle school classroom and why it works for her kids. Whether it be support for personalized learning experiences or a tool to encourage and build confidence, a blended classroom that utilizes game like components has really helped Ms. Carr and her students realize growth and experience math in new and different ways.

Parent's Guide to ST Math at Home

  
  
  
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By Nicole Wallevand

Is your student’s classroom just starting to use ST Math this year? Are you excited that you’re finally able to bring ST Math out of the classroom and extend learning at home, but not sure how best to help your student? Here are some tips to help you be the best advocate for ST Math at home.

If you’re like most parents, when you hear the words “I need help with my math homework,” you’re filled with dread. The good news is, ST Math is like no other math homework out there. You’re not in charge of teaching the curriculum, your role is to be the facilitator and help guide your student through their homework by asking probing questions like: 



Homework Without Tears: 12 Tips & Tricks

  
  
  
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By Amber Orenstein

Summer is over and schools are in session which means families are getting back into weeknight routines and dusting off their homework skills. At our Math Fair this summer Christine Price and I hosted a session for families on how to effectively and efficiently help their students through homework assignments, group projects and studying.


Tips to Parents About Online Learning

  
  
  
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By Jeremy Vidito, Starr Commonwealth Educational Services

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, mentors and caregivers: thank you for all of the endless hours of support you provide the young people in your lives.  As a teacher, school leader and former AmeriCorps tutor, as well as mentor to countless youth, I see the impact of your efforts every day. Our students need supportive adults in their lives who can challenge, mentor and push them to meet and exceed their potential. My goal is to provide you with Do’s and Don’ts regarding online learning programs that will help guide you in how to best assist the students in your life.  I hope you find it helpful.


Everyday Problems + Math = Family Fun

  
  
  
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By: Erich Zeller

On our journey to making sure that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems, we have learned the importance of family support. This is why we designed family workshops as an essential component of our 2014 Math Fair: At the Square Root of Fun.



What Educators are Telling MIND Research Institute Staff

  
  
  
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By Tim Lum



Caption: Students in Shannon Duncan’s sixth grade classroom use ST Math in a blended learning environment.

It is always interesting to hear what our education partners say about ST Math. The voices of educators and administrators who use the programs ultimately help MIND Research Institute do a better job of developing and implementing an approach that indeed ensures every student is mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. Sometimes, we confirm we are doing the right things with the programs to support educators. Other times, we learn what we could do differently to enhance instruction.







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