Middle-school educators shift math teaching methods

01/20/2010 | Muskegon Chronicle (Mich.), The

Educators at a Michigan middle school say math scores have improved since teachers began participating in more professional-development opportunities. Teachers have studied best practices for math instruction, resulting in a shift from rote repetition to analytical skills. Assessments and instructional materials are being used to focus lessons on students' needs. "Teachers have become experts in using informal and formal assessments to gauge where kids are and differentiate their instruction to reach each of those students," an administrator said.

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