Swun Math

Before and After Common Core: Transitions in Fluency

  The Common Core is one of the most fiercely debated topics in American education today. Because the United States’ education system lags behind many OECD countries in reading and math, the Common Core standards were introduced to redefine the requirements of fluency in math and language arts. Whatever controversies may have arisen since it [...]

By | 2017-07-25T17:25:26+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Swun Math, Teachers|0 Comments

9 Ways to Fight Summer Math Loss

In the long period between grades, time spent without math practice leaves kids without the intellectual engagement that they need. Summer math loss is very real, and has a measured negative effect on students. Students without enriching activities to keep their minds occupied during the break from school run the risk of falling behind.   [...]

By | 2017-07-05T18:18:25+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Swun Math|0 Comments

The Incredible Rise of Professional Learning Communities

Within education, professional learning communities (PLCs) are launched to foster collaborative learning among teachers and educators. Essentially a way to share tips, tactics, and best practices, PLCs are on the rise across the country. If schools are serious about improvement, they should consider creating a PLC. PLCs go far beyond meetings and assessments. These communities [...]

By | 2017-07-25T15:30:41+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Swun Math, Teachers|0 Comments

The Gender Gap in STEM

When it comes to gender, it appears that the last generation has made huge strides in creating a more balanced workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, from 1974 to 2014, the number of women in the workforce increased from 36 million to over 74 million. But numbers aren’t the whole story, as more [...]

By | 2017-07-25T16:09:44+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Swun Math, Teachers|0 Comments

Math Education in the United States: The System, and Its Problems

Source It’s impossible to understand Common Core and its effect on math education without first understanding the history of American math education. First, some numbers: on the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), American students scored 31st out of 35 OECD countries in math, or 42 of 72 countries overall, lagging behind nations [...]

By | 2017-07-25T15:23:48+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Swun Math|0 Comments