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Lastest Research

Finding the MOST Teachable Moments

By Ana Hirschi June 07, 2021 09:17 PM
Imagine yourself sitting in your high school math class. As your teacher is speaking, another student raises his hand to ask a question, and he and your teacher start having their own back-and-forth dialogue about an equation that has been written on the board. Lost in the commotion of what is now going on between the other student and the teacher, you start drifting off. As you drift off, you miss important information that may have answered some of your own questions. Read Full Story

Using Math to Understand Your World—And Your Neighbor

By Mitch Rogers May 03, 2018 02:56 PM
Like all math teachers, Professor Kate Johnson of the Mathematics Education Department studies variables. The variables that Johnson examines, however, usually don’t show up on the page. Read Full Story

Lessons Learned (and Taught) while Traveling the World in a Canoe

By James Collard January 18, 2018 10:51 AM
In the summer of 2014, BYU alum Linda Furuto sailed across the equator in a canoe. The canoe—a traditional Polynesian voyaging vessel named Hōkūle‘a—was manned by 13 crew members and navigated entirely using the wind, stars, and God’s other creations for guidance. Read Full Story

The Teacher’s Craft: How Japan Fosters Great Teaching Methods

By CreelaBelle Howard November 07, 2017 11:06 AM
It’s an old story that’s resurrected every few years when an international assessment of math publishes its results: The U.S. students are trounced again by the students from several East Asian countries. Some even dismiss these studies all together after a popular book by Malcolm Gladwell hypothesized that students in other countries score higher simply because they work harder. Country scores on one of the most popular international assessments, the TIMSS, are almost perfectly predicted by a measure of work ethic of a country. The students score higher in East Asian countries because they are taught, and pressured, to work so hard—case closed. Read Full Story