Middle school math classes have worked in much the same way for decades, the Bangor Daily News reports. Teachers send students home with a textbook and a set of problems. Students work out the solutions on paper and bring the answers in the next day. Teachers then spend a good chunk of the class reviewing the answers with students and explaining the solutions wherever students went wrong. That changed this year at about 40 Maine schools, where students, mostly seventh-graders, are testing out a new way of crunching numbers for class. They use a computer program that gives students automatic...

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