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Marty Gartzman

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Numberaid? Anybody remember?; David Page
Posted: Jul 6, 1995 1:49 PM
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From Rosemary Beck:
>In the late 50s I was involved (as an elementary student) in some kind of
>experimental math program...........


From Anne Wheelock
>I wonder if your school was connected to something called "Illinois Math"...
>This was based at the University of Illinois under the direction of Max
>Beberman with the help of David Page who Peter Dow in his book _Schoolhouse
>Politics_ (Harvard University Press, 1991) calls a brilliant teacher of
>mathematics....Page was an articulate spokesperson for the position that
>teachers
>who knew mathematics well were likely to be able to teach it best to young
>students.
>Perhaps others on this list can elaborate more about Illinois Math.


David Page is alive and well and coming up with tremendous new ideas for
teaching math. Those of us who are fortunate to work with him on a daily
basis have been graced with the opportunity to learn from a true master
teacher who loves mathematics and comes up with more great ideas on a bad
day than most of us come up with in a year! He remains the articulate
spokesperson that Anne referred to in her note.

After seeing Rosemary's post, I asked Prof. Page if he was involved with
the "Number Aid" program that Rosemary mentioned. He was not involved with
the project nor did he recall anything like it.

Prof. Page is at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he works with
current and future elementary school mathematics teachers. He is also the
Director and the driving force behind the UIC-Maneuvers with Mathematics
Project (UIC-MWM). UIC-MWM has created seven currently-available modules
for Grades 5-8 that are sold through Dale Seymour Publications. Two more
modules are nearly completed. For those who want to see some of Page's
most recent work, I urge you to check out the UIC-MWM modules on Triangles,
Circles, Nickels and Numbers, or Number Patterns (as well as the other
UIC-MWM books). You'll find a series of beautifully constructed, elegant,
multi-step mathematics problems that work well with kids at both ends of
the ability spectrum. Traditionally successful students are challenged;
students who never had much success in mathematics suddenly get turned on.
The materials have worked extremely well in a broad spectrum of classroom
environments and with teachers who exhibit diverse teaching styles. They
make interesting and effective use of (scientific) calculators as teaching
aids and I think they can make an important contribution to current math
education reform initiatives.

The UIC-MWM modules represent only a small portion of Page's robust body of
work but it will give you a glimpse at the kind of genius that had (and
continues to have) a tremendous impact on thousands of teachers and math
educators. We often run into people who will emotionally describe how
Page's work in the 1950's and 60's had a major impact on their love and
understanding of mathematics. A group of us who would like to preserve the
rich legacy that Page has contributed to mathematics education in the past
forty+ years are looking for personal testimonials from people who have
been impacted by Prof. Page or his work. I encourage you to post these
comments on this listserv because - as Anne Wheelock noted in her earlier
post - such comments are often illuminating for the current reform effort.
If you prefer, however, send your comments about Page to me personally at
the e-mail address below.

Prof. Page can be reached directly at the following address:

Prof. David A. Page
UIC Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science (m/c 249)
851 S. Morgan, 322 SEO
Chicago, IL 60607-7045

By phone, he can be reached via UIC-MWM at (312) 996-8708.



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Marty Gartzman
UIC Institute for Mathematics and Science Education
Phone: (312)413-2971
Fax: (312)413-7411
Email: Gartzman@uic.edu
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