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Mathematical thinking processes

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From: Mary Lou (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Apr 14, 1998 at 16:11:37
Subject: Re: Mathematical thinking processes

In 1989 the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics released a document:  
Curriculum Standards for the Teaching of Mathematics K-12. 

One of the twelve standards that covered all grade levels was: Mathematics as 
Reasoning. At each of three sections: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12, there are different 
goals stated to be achieved. Ways to achieve these goals are suggested in the 
text. This might be what you are looking for as "mathematically thinking 

If you are not familiar with these standards I would suggest that you write

1906 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091 USA  

and ask them about availability of these standards to you. At present the 
NCTM with other professional organizations is in the process of revising 
these standards with a completion date of April 2000 anticipated. NCTM has a 

   http://www.nctm.org ,

an e-mail address: 


and a FAX number: 703-476-2970.  

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