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