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Sarah Seastone

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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 2.25 (June 23)
Posted: Jun 22, 1997 12:25 AM
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23 June 1997 Vol.2, No.25

THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

CEC | Workshop Announcements | Mathed Reform & TIMSS


COLUMBIA EDUCATION CENTER (CEC)

http://www.col-ed.org/

The Columbia Education Center designs and conducts teacher
training, curriculum development, dissemination, and
networking projects, with a special focus on:

- Small-town and rural schools
- Gifted and talented youth
- Science, mathematics, and technology
- Women and the physically handicapped
- International/intercultural education
- Constitutional studies

On its site the CEC offers over 600 lesson plans created
by teachers for use in their own classrooms, organized by
area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies,
Miscellaneous) and level (K-5, 6-8, 9-12).

http://www.col-ed.org/cur/


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WORKSHOPS FOR MATH TEACHERS

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/teachers/workshops/

The Forum now hosts a growing collection of math and math
education workshop announcements.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WORKSHOP?

* Browse listings appropriate to the level you
teach, from elementary to graduate school.

* Search our collection by entering keywords and
choosing the location, topic, date, and level.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO ANNOUNCE A WORKSHOP?

* Fill out the announcement submission form to include
your event among those listed.


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A MATH-TEACH DISCUSSION: MATHEMATICS REFORM & TIMSS

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/math-teach/speldcrefeld

A vigorous discussion of mathematics reform that touches on
classroom "perversions of the Standards," "misinterpretations
of constructivism," and the Third International Mathematics
and Science Study (TIMSS), and includes many print and Web
references.

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"...I get back some really chilling tales from my student
teachers. For instance, one of them told me that at the
high school where she did her student teaching, there was
one teacher who said that she was a big supporter of the
NCTM Standards, and that she used cooperative learning
extensively in her classroom. What my student came to
find out was that 'cooperative' learning consisted of the
following: students read the book and work (cooperatively)
on the problems, and the teacher reads the newspaper at
her desk." - Mark Snyder

"The problems you bring forth are real, but hardly new.
And they have nothing to do with reform... I had enough
good teachers who... inspired me to want to know more.
And I see that same sort of teacher in the schools I visit
today - teachers who care about kids and love mathematics.
The 'scary stories' may be fun, but there are lots of
teachers who are working hard to do the best they can
for their students." - W. Gary Martin

"For an insightful discussion of remarks from students
in the context of evaluation of faculty, see
http://www.math.rochester.edu/u/rarm/eval.html ." - Lou Talman

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"Regarding the recurrent assertion that: '...constructivism
is a theory of learning, not of teaching...' is there a
constructivist Greek lurking within the educational walls of
Troy that might explain how it is that the gift of a large
wooden horse (theory of learning) does not contain a platoon
of educators ready with a plan (theory of teaching) to sack
the city-state of 'traditional' education?" - Richard W. Wilson

"The last thing we need is a 'belief' or a 'vision' for
education. What we need is a plan with quantifiable
objectives. My criticism of the NCTM standards is largely
that it is a 'vision' with no quantifiable objectives and
no plan to meet them." - Charles J. Masenas

"Belief in constructivism does not logically lead to a
particular method of teaching. It does suggest that some
things which are prevalent in education may be running
counter to the way many people learn.... It is an
unfortunate mistake to think that teachers or
mathematicians can eschew philosophy or that philosophers
can ignore mathematics..." - Michael Paul Goldenberg

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For related threads, search math-teach for TIMSS.
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/epigone/math-teach/


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