Bridges Blog Archive for January 2013

100th Day Celebration!

Just this morning, my kindergartener exclaimed, "It's almost the 100th day of school and we get to bring something to celebrate!" If you look forward to the big day as much as he does, here are some inspirational ideas:

Real-World Math with Dan Meyer

You've probably run into Dan Meyer by now. After six years as a high school math teacher, he is currently working on a doctoral fellowship at Stanford in teacher education. His blog, dy/dan, challenges teachers to think critically about what it means to teach math. Although his lessons generally focus on high school math, the emphasis on using real world situations applies to all ages.


TIMSS Report Shows Student Progress

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) compares the knowledge of fourth- and eighth-graders on an international scope. The latest report, released in December, measuring performance in 2011, shows that U.S. students are performing well and have increased achievement since prior tests in 2007 and 1995. A few highlights from from the Executive Summary on mathematics at grade 4:



Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Fourth grade Bridges students working on Supplement C3: Circles & Angles may find it hard to forget the terms radius, diameter, and circumference after hearing the book, Sir Cumference and the First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander.

NCTM Video Channel

Do you know that the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics hosts a YouTube channel? Currently, the site includes eleven videos with a range of topics: