23 November, 2012
Volume 17 No. 47
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The Mathematical Education of Teachers II


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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 much less frustrating."
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iON Future


Change the Equation has launched iON Future, a free online game-based learning environment to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

iON Future lets middle school and early-high school youth explore the breadth and variety of STEM professions, and match their interests with different career pathways. In addition to career profiles that explain what STEM professionals do and how to become one, iON Future also challenges students to race the clock in a typical tween bedroom to find hidden objects which, when clicked, reveal the many STEM professions involved in their design and production; and to explore the real-life career paths of hundreds of STEM professionals based on interviews and surveys of them.

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 Standards (CCSS)."

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:



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