Principles to Action
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has
developed a call to action in school mathematics — and they
want your feedback on it.
"Principles to Actions: An Urgent Agenda for School
Mathematics" outlines and describes "the imperatives for an
excellent mathematics education." It details seven
establish learning goals
implement challenging tasks
connect and use representations
pose purposeful questions
facilitate meaningful discourse
support productive struggle
elicit and use evidence
Written to apply to all teachers and students in any school
setting or under any set of standards, "Principles to Actions"
goes on to enumerate barriers, productive practices and
policies, and recommendations for each of
tools and technology
Download the public review draft:
Comment before Wednesday, 23 October by completing this
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Reflection: A hint would be to use the Pythagorean theorem for
the Extra, because otherwise you would have to use Heron's
formula, which is insanely complicated."
- Jason, highlighted in the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution
A Critique of the Structure of U.S. Elementary School Mathematics
The author of Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics has
published a new article that points up a "blind spot for
current U.S. elementary mathematics": the "strands" structure
of school arithmetic, which trace back to the "New Math"
movement of the 1960s.
Liping Ma's "A Critique of the Structure of U.S. Elementary
School Mathematics" appears in the November issue of the
Notices of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Freely
download the PDF at the link above, or click to it from the
table of contents of this current issue of the Notices:
Other new articles in the world's most widely read periodical
in the mathematical sciences also bear on math education, such
as "Problem Solving: Moving from Routine to Nonroutine and
Beyond," by Barry Garelick; and "What Do Secondary Preservice
Mathematics Teachers Need to Know? Content Courses Connecting
Secondary and Tertiary Mathematics," by Eileen Murray and
Jon R. Star.
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
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- The Math Forum @ Drexel, posted to our Facebook wall
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