Beginning the fourth week of July, the Math Forum has been hosting its sixth Summer Institute for mathematics educators who are are committed to or experienced with the use of computers in the classroom. One of our discussions has been on the importance of standards (local, state and/or national) as we consider organizing the Math Forum's Problems of the Week into an accessible "library" for teachers.
Dave Ickes, one of the onsite participants posted this thought to the geometry-institutes listserv and I thought it might be something of interest on the math-teach listserv.
_________________ A discussion about math standards and how and if they can be incorporated into the PoW site of the Math Forum may be helpful.
Sample Questions to get you thinking...
1. Does your school district require your lessons to reference the NCTM standards?
2. Do you need to do paper work showing that what you teach in math follow the math standards (local or state or district)? In other words, are you required to cite any kind of standard on your lesson plans?
3. Does your district currently ignore standards? If your district presently does nothing with standards, are there moves to somehow incorporate them into your future curricular plans?
4. How does your state treat standards? (In other words, are there official policies that schools are supposed to follow?)
5. Does your state have its own standards? Are they similar to the NCTM Standards?
6. Would referencing the NCTM standards somehow with the Problems of the Week (PoWs) be of benefit to you? _________________
We are interested in having responses from teachers from all 50 states and from all levels (elementary, middle and high school). It may take awhile but it would be interesting reading!
In case you are interested in following the activities of the Institute, please see the summaries and other links here: