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Implementation Rules Supreme

It is mid-August.  The smell of freshly waxed floors and newly painted lockers flows throughout the halls of the school.  Your school is ready for teachers and students to arrive. New technology and curriculum purchases have been made, and this year will be the one that everyone embraces.  Teachers will cheer as they enter and […]

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Math As A Second Language

In the US almost 10% of students in the public school system speak English as a learner (ELL).  Although the language of math is theoretically universal, their ability to learn may be twice as challenging thanks to the linguistic barrier. “The challenge of teaching math to ELL students lies not only in making math lessons […]

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Gender Stereotypes in Math Harm Everyone

For as long as the STEM fields have existed, an ugly stereotype has festered: that math, science and associated subjects are the domains of men. It is traditionally accepted that boys naturally outperform girls in these subjects as if the male gender possesses some ingrained biological affinity for these disciplines that the female lacks. The […]

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Five Amazing Female Mathematicians

Having good role models can make a huge difference for women who want to pursue mathematics. So to inspire your daughters and students here are some famous females who excelled in math, through the ages.   1) Hypatia (c.350/370 AD – 415/416) Hypatia may be one of the first female mathematicians. She followed her father […]

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The Women Who Put Men Into Space

On 24th November 2015, President Barack Obama presented Katherine Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Unlike other recipients of the award that year – including Steven Spielberg, James Taylor and Willie Mays – Katherine Johnson was not a household name in America. She was not a movie […]

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Five Ways To Beat Stress At School

Teaching is regularly reported as being one of the most stressful occupations, with just over half of teachers reporting that they are under great stress several days of the week. It’s a growing – and worrying – trend, contributing to rapidly increasing levels of teacher burnout: 40 to 50% of teachers leave within their first five […]

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The Pros and Cons of Longer School Years

Hillary Clinton’s recent declaration of support for longer school years in disadvantaged communities has been met with a mixed response. In many ways it’s a tough position to take, risking the alienation of voters who might see the change as harmful or cruel to children. But there’s far more to it than a Grinch-like plot […]

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!!

It is National Teacher Appreciation Day!  So, to teachers out there a huge THANK YOU from all of us at Matific.  We know the job you do is not an easy one, but a great teacher can make a profound impact on the life of a child and shape the future for all of us. […]