I am new to the NCTM-L, and I am enjoying the conversation greatly. It is delightful to discuss the Standards with educators who are trying to implement them in a "behaviorist educational environment". I am currently working on my Ph.D at Kent State University, and I teach 7th and 8th grade math in the Barberton City Schools (Ohio). I believe in Standards. They offer math educators a great deal to think about and question about their own teaching philosophy. I think that we must remember that Standards are not traditional. They embody a contructivist learning theory that is contrary to many teacher's belief systems. It is difficult for many teachers to think in the spirit of Standards. However, it is wonderfull to finally engage in conversation the discusses how students learn and how we can best design curriculum that places students at the center.
I am anxious to see the Assessment Standards. It is impossible to teach mathematics for understanding and then be required to assess the students on a behavioral test. I find it so frustrating when the assessment component and the instruction component of the curriculum do not align. I am always in search of a better way to assess the students understanding mathematics.