‘Dancing With The Stars’ helps students learn math

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At New York’s Greece High School, teacher Courtney Larkin uses the television show Dancing with the Stars as a platform to help her students master multiplication, division, decimals, percentages and other math concepts. “The students relate to it very well,” Larkin says. “They’re engaged and having fun – which is the best thing for a teacher.” Larkin’s example is one of many creative approaches teachers use to support learning to higher standards. Rigorous, consistent education standards do not force teachers into a rigid model for classroom instruction, 21 State Teachers of the Year wrote previously. “Teachers have greater flexibility… and can, for the first time, take advantage of the best practices from great teachers in other states.”

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