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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.

IX Reasons STEM Needs Title IX: Lessons from Center Court

Title IV Janine Ingram

I’m a Title IX girl. Signed into law by President Nixon in 1972, it reads "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” I was 11 when the regulations became effective in 1975. Despite opposition to Title IX in the courts and inconsistent compliance on them, strong and talented female scholarship athletes began to emerge from the shadows and on to the center of courts, pools, fields and tracks in universities throughout the country. The words “athletics” or “sports” are never mentioned, yet the effect of Title IX on female athletes is remarkable. By 1978, I was nearly 6 feet tall and ripping down offensive boards at Olympian Nancy Dunkle’s summer basketball camp, one of over 100 girls with newly possible college hoop dreams. In 1982, the strong, talented female scholarship athlete nervously awaiting her first collegiate jump ball was me.

New Adventures in STEM Education

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By James Howes, Teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School

“Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head”


Math Fair Educates, Delights and Inspires


Did you know that the United States has only one math museum, while other countries such as Germany have as many as 12? Here at MIND Research Institute, we believe that creating powerful and engaging math experiences for kids is what builds a love of mathematics, perseverance and life-long learning. One math museum in the entire country just isn’t enough. That is why we spent the last weekend with 4,200 children and families celebrating all that is math at what we’ve been calling a “pop-up” math museum.

Can Digital Learning Tools Decrease Teacher Effectiveness?

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By Jeremy Vidito, Starr Commonwealth Educational Service

Can digital learning tools decrease teacher effectiveness? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. In the same way that television can improve student achievement if students are engaged with stimulating content that is monitored, and students are guided through reflection and analysis that align to content standards. I recently began watching Neil deGrasse Tyson’s series “Cosmos.” In a few short episodes I learned more about physics, space and biology than I learned in most of my high school courses. But I can watch nine seasons of “How I Met Your Mother” which, while quite humorous, is not teaching me new content or expanding my understanding of material in the same way Tyson’s show does. Digital learning has the same spectrum of material, and if teachers do not effectively monitor and guide students, then it can be a waste of time and it can decrease teacher effectiveness. We learned this lesson the hard way at Starr Detroit Academy.   

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