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Have you heard of Coursera? If not, you have to check it out. It's a website that offers free online classes from top universities throughout the world. Some classes have upward of 20,000 students at a time. I'm currently enrolled in a class from Duke University about philosophy and constructing arguments.  You don't get college credit, but many courses offer a completion certificate. From their website: "we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in."


Shocking Statistic

Today, I attended a math conference put on by Pearson Education, who presumably invited people from my district since we have recently adopted their elementary math program enVisionMATH. I was surprised and pleased at the amount of real life information and strategies provided. The one thing that stuck with me was the importance of fraction education. Did you know that on the 2004 NAEP fewer than 30% of 17-year-olds correctly translated 0.029 as 29/1000?  Completely shocked and blown away. Clearly our fraction decimal relationship instruction is lacking, as teachers. My personal new goal is to find new ways to address this! More to come...

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