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Annie Fetter

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"Talking Mathematics"
Posted: Sep 1, 1993 11:57 AM
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I grabbed this off k12.ed.math. If anyone knows more about this program,
please share it with us!

From: (Sheila King)
Newsgroups: k12.ed.math
Date: 30 Jul 93 20:05:00 GMT

-> Teachers in 23 Boston public elementary schools and three
-> private schools are learning how to convey mathematical concepts
-> using the whole-language approach (Berger, BOSTON GLOBE). "This
-> philosophy stresses math as a language and means of
-> communicating" by stressing hands-on experiences and encouraging
-> students to question and investigate, writes the GLOBE.
-> "The mathematics curriculum in most of the textbooks these
-> days was developed in the early '20s, and it has very little to do
-> with the flexible, problem-solving, technology-based
-> environment that most of these kids will be going into," said
-> Rebecca Corwin, a Lesley College professor. Corwin also is co-
-> principal investigator of the "Talking Mathematics" program,
-> which was developed by the Cambridge-based Technical Education
-> Research Center.
-> "Talking Mathematics" is a federally funded teacher-training
-> pilot program, which is in the third year of a four-year, $1
-> million grant from the National Science Foundation, reports the
-> GLOBE. Participants attend two- to three-week seminars at TERC. And
-> teachers meet biweekly during the school year to continue
-> their math seminars.
-> But changing teachers' roles from one of "sole authority of
-> all knowledge" to "encouraging students to do their own
-> explorations" is not easy, according to Sally Kelly, a special
-> education teacher and program participant. Janice Rook, a fifth-
-> grade teacher participant, acknowledged that the workshops "are
-> helping her make the transition from traditional ideas to the new
-> philosophy." Rook: "I learned an awful lot about math that I
-> had never learned or taught before through this investigative
-> method." (7/11)

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