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PH young math wizards win 16 medals

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A group of young Filipino numbers aces, mostly primary students from Metro Manila, won a total of 16 medals, including three golds, in the just-concluded 2014 Clock Tower School International Mathematics Contest held from March 20 to 23 in Valcea, Romania.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

A day of math champs

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More than half a million students thronged different venues nationwide in January for the elimination rounds of the country’s biggest mathematics competition: The Math Challenge sponsored by Metrobank Foundation, Math Teachers Association of the Philippines and Department of Education.

Posted: May 20th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Math-Mazing race in Cebu

THE Math-Mazing Race 2013 organized by Sage and Cambridge Cebu will be held on March 16 at J Centre Mall in Mandaue City. The event features an exhibit of the latest in teaching materials and technologies, as well as a parents’ congress on “Engaging children in mathematical learning.” The race is open to children ages [...]

Posted: February 21st, 2013 in CDN - Community,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Students reveal secrets to learning math

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How do my college students deal with mathematics every day? Here are some of their secrets.

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Math tech improves student performance

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The Philippines lags behind the rest of the world in mathematics and science expertise, as shown by Filipino students’ dismal scores in global tests like the 2004 Trends in International Math and Sciences Study.

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Parabolas and fireworks

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Last semester, I taught a course called “Learning Processes in Math and Science.” Public and private grade school, high school and college teachers came together to discuss how children learned these two subjects, and how to motivate them to do so.

Posted: November 19th, 2012 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Outstanding science and math teachers

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The 2012 Metrobank Foundation 10 Outstanding Teachers —four from the elementary level, four from secondary and two from tertiary—are examples of commitment and service. They were formally recognized on Sept. 5 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, as part of the foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Posted: September 9th, 2012 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Struggling males

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In the first examination taken by my two freshman mathematics classes last month, six times as many men as women did poorly on the test.

Posted: July 15th, 2012 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Who says there is no humor in math?

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Reader Gino Ledesma forwarded these allegedly real-life answers to mathematics and physics examinations by students in the United States:

Question: Expand (a + b)n.
Answer: ( a + b )n = ( a + b )n = ( a + b)n

Posted: June 3rd, 2012 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

UBD in public school math

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(First of three parts) The principles behind Understanding by Design (UBD) are not new. Backward planning, where teachers start with desired outcomes and plan lessons around them, reminds us of the psychologist Stephen Covey’s second habit, “Begin with the end in mind.” Teaching for understanding has been a goal of many reforms that reject “surface” [...]

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Readers’ tips

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THE MOST rewarding thing about writing a column is the fact that readers take the time and effort to respond. Even though messages include requests for help, many share suggestions and ideas. Here are some of the best tips: Real science Dedet Panabi, editor of “Working Mom Magazine,” says, “I am sure your son Scott [...]

Posted: August 7th, 2011 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Learning | Read More »

Finland, Harvard and fun math

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LAST WEEK, we looked at Tiger Mothers, a term popularized by US professor and author Amy Chua to describe the ultra-demanding way she raised her kids who excelled academically and musically. Do parents need to be tiger mothers and fathers to ensure that their kids do well? Not necessarily. Take Finland. Finnish parents are more [...]

Posted: May 23rd, 2011 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

‘I’m looking forward to DOING something different’

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FR. BIENVENIDO Nebres is winding down his duties as president of Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), a post he has held for 18 years. “I’m looking forward to doing something different,” he says. Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ, succeeds him as president. In a few days, Father Ben will be off to Europe to [...]

Posted: May 15th, 2011 in Headlines,Learning | Read More »

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