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How can we change math instruction to meet the needs of today’s kids? World Bank Photo Collection / flickr

Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
Graphing calculators – like the ones used in this seventh grade Dallas classroom – have become ubiquitous in U.S. education. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

The rise – and possible fall – of the graphing calculator

Teachers are starting to ditch graphing calculators for math apps. Was the expensive tech ever worth it – or is it just holding students back?
Is there a geometry lesson hidden in ‘The Last Supper’? Wikimedia Commons

Did artists lead the way in mathematics?

Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different. But a trip through history – from an Islamic palace to Pollock's paintings – proves the parallels between the two can be uncanny.

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