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teachers, and administrators to assess how Faster Isn’t Smarter, by Cathy
their school is doing and where it needs to L. Seeley, is a collection of “mes-
progress. This book offers real insight, par- sages,” or essays, relating to math,
ticularly about high-school aged students, but teaching, and learning in the
these important ideas apply to middle school- twenty-first century. each chapter,
ers as well. written as part of the “President’s
Messages” for the NCTM News
Bulletin, includes the message
plus discussion points for teachers,
families, and policy makers. Fol-
lowing each essay are recommen-
dations for how to address issues.
each chapter is linked to others
by topic, and many are download-
able as PDFs from the Internet.
This book of over forty essays
includes topics for new teachers and veterans on
everything from specific mathematical material to
general ideas, such as, is it a teacher’s job to keep
students interested, or is boredom a developmental
stage? One pivotal message looks at the practice
of speed drills in math classrooms, whether they
Educating the Net Generation. (Santa
are effective, and how to gain the benefits of such
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an exercise while avoiding any of the potentially
detrimental effects.
Faster Isn’t Smarter. Math Solutions, 2009.
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Web SiteS
MIT Scratch Ed is a site for teachers helping students learn Scratch, a programming language
that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games, and share them online.
Children across the globe participate.
WestEd is a research, development, and service agency working with education and other com-
munities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.
This site recounts a seventh-grade geometry unit
Harvard Education Letter is an award-winning bimonthly newsletter from the Harvard University
graduate School of education. It examines trends in education, policies, and other national educa-
tional concerns. Available in print as well.
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made
up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. ieArN empowers
teachers and young people to work together using the Internet and other new communications tech-
nologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.
Go Know! is a company devoted to providing teachers and students with effective, compelling,
easy-to-use, research-based resources for handheld computers. They develop software and devices for
individual technology (cellphones, PDAs, and other gadgets).
Jim Moulton is a strong voice for making sure technology is integrated purposefully into the lives
and learning of students. “It is the human network that will make all the difference in the benefits
realized from any technology investment. It is all about what the people do with the tools . . .” He is a
consultant, educator, and writer with insightful ideas about technology and twenty-first-century skills.
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