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DMcelwain@aol.com

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assessment and Standards
Posted: Mar 1, 1995 7:25 PM
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Hello,

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.


Mathematically yours,

Diane McElwain





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