In honor of Black History Month, let’s showcase a few African American mathematicians who have made their mark in the teaching profession. Elbert Frank Cox (1895-1969) was the first black person in the world to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. In 1917, Cox earned his undergraduate degree from the University of

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Crio, the free, online lesson-building tool from Curriculum Pathways, now enables you to incorporate graphic organizers into your Crio lessons! Graphic organizers allow students to interact even further with the content of your Crio lessons. Within the organizers, they can visually organize thoughts, brainstorm concepts, classify ideas, and demonstrate relationships between

In June, we launched our free, online lesson-building tool, Crio. Since then many teachers have created and shared their lessons. But for those yet to jump in, I’ll bet there are at least three questions you've asked yourself. So, let me answer them! Why should I create Crio lessons? Because with

Kicking off the new school year, you may be looking for ways to ease your students back into math. Here are a few ways that SAS can help. And remember, all of these resources, including apps, are free! CodeSnaps Have some fun coding a Sphero robot using CodeSnaps! With the

A new Star Wars movie debuts in just a few weeks! Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the next chapter in the saga we’ve all come to love. The first film, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, debuted in 1977. So, math teachers, how old were you when that

What a powerful question! And it's one commonly posed to math teachers all over the world. Need help with an answer? Here are a few to consider. Suppose you're asked the question about a piecewise function. Let's start with the standard definition: "a combination of two or more functions, each represented

More than five years ago, the Curriculum Pathways team released a comprehensive and FREE online Algebra 1 course. It includes 46 engaging lessons that use videos and real-world examples, along with interactive elements to develop students’ problem-solving, reasoning, and critical-thinking skills. Since the course's release, some states and districts have chosen not to

Giving students the opportunity to “see” how the parameters of a function affect its graph can be challenging for teachers. So is sitting with a student one-on-one as they solve or simplify multiple problems while other students await the same valuable time. But with the use of graphing, solving, and

Since numbers are its foundation, mathematics is commonly referred to as the one truly universal language. But do you see a difference in these equations? 1.000 + 1.000 = 2.000 1,000 + 1,000 = 2,000 Whether these two equations represent the same value could depend on where you are. That’s

Are you teaching that PEMDAS is flexible? Are your students equipped to handle that flexibility? You remember PEMDAS, right? It’s the acronym we use to help kids understand, or better yet remember, the order of operations. We’ve even added the catchy phrase Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally to assist

Year after year, teachers must meet the needs of a wide range of students. Often overlooked, however, are strategies to help English Language Learners (ELL), whose numbers are growing. From 2002-03 to 2012-13, the percentage of ELLs in U.S. public schools increased in all but 11 states. ELLs describe a

Data--that small four-letter word packs a mighty punch! Data is everywhere. Stores use it to determine how to advertise products, politicians use it to support their campaigns, and Google uses it to improve the search engine that may have brought you to this blog! Data is displayed in newspapers, brochures, billboards, as

Are you teaching a lesson on parallel lines? What about a lesson on the interior and exterior angles of polygons? If so, our Geometry lessons are the perfect resources for you! We released our first one, Parallel Lines and Angles, this past fall. Since then, we've released four more. The lessons

One of my goals a few years back was to become a blogger. I’m not a writer. I deal with numbers not words. So panic often set in when I started to write. But then I realized that—panic or not—I had to step out of my comfort zone if I wanted

Starting a new lesson and need a quick overview of the upcoming concepts? Or are you starting a new lesson and want students to quickly review prerequisite skills? Well, these 4-6 minute tutorials are just what you need. Why are some numbers rational and some irrational? That’s an important question

STEM, you’ve heard the acronym before, right? Well, in case you've been hibernating, STEM refers to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; schools have promoted it for years. And every year SAS partners with a local middle school, sending out volunteers who inspire students to consider STEM careers. This year many of

Throughout my 13 years of teaching, I heard this question time and time again from parents: How can I help? The troubles they specified were varied and numerous (e.g., concern, frustration, bewilderment). They often included the following: I don’t remember algebra. I don’t like math. The way math is taught now differs

Curriculum Pathways has an Algebra 1 Course. That’s right, an entire standards-aligned course! And this resource is much more than a typical math textbook. PLUS, it’s a cross-platform resource! Yes, you read that correctly, cross-platform. That means this resource can be used on the PC, iPad, and Chromebook. And it

Solving equations and inequalities are essential skills in mathematics. And for many students, practicing is the key to success in solving. As students work on the concept of solving equations/inequalities at home, many think, "How will I know if I’m doing it right?" One answer is the Practice Solving Series,

Have you ever seen a problem similar to this on social media sites? 5 - 1 x 0 + 3 ÷ 3 = ? Is the answer 1 or is it 6?* Or did you get something completely different? Here’s another example.

“Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there.” – Marcus du Sautoy. I agree, there IS beauty in mathematics, and I genuinely love math! Math is vital to everyday life from young kids learning

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Although it is a non-terminating, non-repeating number, the decimal approximation 3.14 and the fraction 22/7 are typically used to represent the irrational mathematical constant. The Greek letter π, was first used as the symbol for pi in 1706 by

Mathematics, what a beautiful subject. It requires inquisitiveness, perseverance, and critical thinking. It promotes discourse, challenges the mind, and creates problem-solvers. Unfortunately, it also scares many students and adults. Why is that? How can one subject cause so much joy and at the same time so much discomfort? As a

Math is essential to a successful career in computer science. That’s right! Jobs such as those listed below require algebra, calculus, discrete math, and other courses. Software engineer/developer (every industry) Social network analysis Gaming Anti-terrorism/cybercrime/fraud detection Data scientist (sports/business/finance) Math and computer science share terminology and notation. Computer scientists use math

The Common Core State Standards have certainly heightened the focus on statistics in math classes. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the middle grades, where the emphasis on data has not simply increased, but increased dramatically. Middle grades teachers looking for resources to help their students become statistically literate–and meet Common Core State Standards–will find

One recurring theme we hear from math teachers around the country: they already use technology—the graphing calculator. While the statement is certainly true, there are a whole host of reasons to put down those old calculators and pick up SAS Curriculum Pathways. Here are just a few: 1. We