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NBA Players Show Students Why Math Matters on the Court

NBA Players Show Students Why Math Matters on the Court

Judging by the excitement and cheers in the John Hayden Johnson Middle School auditorium on Friday, you wouldn’t have guessed the students had gathered there to do math problems. But it’s not every day that your middle school is graced by the presence of NBA legends, players, and executives. Students at the Washington D.C. school

NBA + Discovery Education = A Math Slam Dunk

There’s a lot more to mathematics education than memorizing formulas and equations. Discovery Education wants to show students that math is at work all around us — that includes all the action on the court. We have teamed up with the NBA to create new, basketball-focused problems for Math Techbook, Discovery Education’s digital textbook series. These

A Math Nightmare on Elm Street

In this horror short, a defenseless high school student is tormented by an evil foe. Can she solve the seemingly impossible math equation? Or will this math nightmare be her ultimate demise? A Discovery Education Production Written and Directed by Maria Truitt Since the beginning of time, math has been a frightening subject. But Discovery Education is

3 Webinars this Spring Could Supercharge Your Math Instruction

Our math webinar series from May-June is brimming with expertise on how to get instruction back on track. Register here >> Being the Director of Mathematics at Discovery Education has its perks. Sure, it’s nice meeting the stars of the Puppy Bowl and receiving free Deadliest Catch bumper stickers, but my favorite perk is interacting

Teaching Math through Art

On a Sunday afternoon when my family finally had a free moment, my wife took us to the Woodson Art Museum to view the Walter Wick exhibition. Walter Wick is the photographic illustrator of the I SPY series, and the author/illustrator of the Can You See What I See? series.  This exhibit inspired me to think about

A Broken Calculator Led This Future Actuary to a Career in Education

From the Heart: Powerful Stories from Passionate Educators Mark Schommer, D.C. Everest Area School District, Wisconsin Mark Schommer was planning to be an actuary, until a broken calculator changed his life. Schommer was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. It was the day of his Calculus 2 final, and he was hurrying across

Community STEM Blog

Welcome to a new DE weekly blog for STEM activities. As educators, we all crave those extra activities that inspire our students and ourselves. Community STEM is just that project. This project was born out of a conversation at Albuquerque’s DENapalooza and continued to grow through many late night texts between North Carolina (Dacia Jones) and

Why This Career Corrections Officer Went Back to Middle School

From the Heart: Powerful Stories from Passionate Educators Michael Pillsbury, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC) For more than 15 years, Michael Pillsbury was paid to put people in prison or make sure they stayed there. And it was that experience that led him to become a teacher. First he served as a member of the Army’s military police,

Mathematical Learning Through Rigorous Tasks

By Mary Swack, Math Supervisor for Carroll County Public Schools (MD)  Traditional mathematics classroom instruction typically plays out with the teacher providing some form of direct instruction on a topic followed by guided practice and then independent student practice.  It is often skill based and filled with a variety of “tricks” and mnemonic devices to help

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