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PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"You could also use guess-and-check, but this would be
confusing, as you would have to do pretty much all the numbers,
which would be frustrating. If you did it the way I did, it is
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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"Of course! Neat triviality. I wonder if the surplus ways are
also simply characterizable. Must investigate."
- Bill, posted to the sci.math discussion
The Mathematical Education of Teachers II
What mathematics do teachers need to know?
The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) has
synthesized current research and experience to answer this and
other questions in its new publication, The Mathematical
Education of Teachers II (MET II).
According to its preface, this report aims for "the nation's
mathematics teachers [to] have the knowledge, skills, and
dispositions needed to provide students with a mathematics
education that ensures high school graduates are college- and
career-ready as envisioned by the Common Core State
MET II reiterates and elaborates themes of the first MET
report, released over a decade ago now:
There is intellectual substance in school mathematics
Proficiency with school mathematics is necessary but
not sufficient mathematical knowledge for a teacher
The mathematical knowledge needed for teaching differs
from that of other professions
Mathematical knowledge for teaching can and should grow
throughout a teacher's career
Each MET II writer is a mathematician, statistician, or
mathematics education researcher. They include lead and other
writers for the CCSS and principal investigators for Math
Science Partnerships (MSPs) as well as past presidents and
chairs of the American Statistical Association (ASA),
Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), and the
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
MET II devotes separate chapters to mathematics for teachers of
elementary, middle, and high school grades. To freely download
the 100 page-long report, click here: