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Back to School—The Time to Engage Parents and Families
Diane J. Briars, NCTM PresidentIt's August—back-to-school time. As you plan for the new school year, don't forget to make explicit plans for engaging parents and families. As you well know, parents can be invaluable supports for their children's mathematics learning. While it's helpful to send parents basic information about their children's mathematics class, such as course outlines, assignments, and descriptions of teacher expectations, they typically need much more than that to be prepared to support their children's mathematics learning. President’s Message
8/25/2014 01:39:43 PM | Permanent Link
Twitter Math Camp
Twitter Camp“Consider joining some of your inspirational fellow teachers online by blogging or tweeting,” writes John Golden in the latest post of the Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School blog, “Blogarithm:Standards of Mathematical Practice in the Middle Grades.” Read about his “FANTASTIC!!!” experience at Twitter Math Camp, July 23–27, in Jenks, Oklahoma.
8/20/2014 03:54:47 PM | Permanent Link
The Counterfeit Bill Problem
TCM Blog - Stack of Bills“I am often asked what the best way is to start the school year” writes Angela T. Barlow in the latest Teaching Children Mathematics blog. “My answer is always, ‘With a problem, of course!’ Not just any problem will do, though, as I want a problem that will spark discussion by eliciting a variety of solutions and/or solution strategies.” Math Tasks to Talk About
8/20/2014 03:54:36 PM | Permanent Link
Principles to Actions: A CCSSM Solution
14861_98x140.jpgThere has been an overwhelming response to the release of Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Continuing its tradition of mathematics education leadership, NCTM defines and describes the principles and actions, including specific teaching practices, that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students. Order NCTM’s solution to what will it take to turn the opportunity of the Common Core State Standards into reality in every classroom, school, and district.
8/20/2014 03:54:12 PM | Permanent Link
Mathematics for Equity
Mathematics for Equity book coverIn Mathematics for Equity: A Framework for Successful Practice, copublished with Teachers College Press, nationally renowned scholars join classroom teachers to share equity-oriented approaches that have been successful with urban high school mathematics students. Compiling for the first time major research findings and practitioner experiences from Railside High School, the volume describes the evolution of a fundamentally different conception of learners and teaching. The chapters bring together research and reflection on teacher collaboration and professional communities, student outcomes and mathematics classroom culture, reform curricula and pedagogy, and ongoing teacher development.
8/20/2014 03:53:58 PM | Permanent Link
Procedural Fluency in Mathematics
NCTM Logo“To develop procedural fluency, students need experience in integrating concepts and procedures and building on familiar procedures as they create their own informal strategies and procedures,” according to a new position statement from NCTM. “Students need opportunities to justify both informal strategies and commonly used procedures mathematically, to support and justify their choices of appropriate procedures, and to strengthen their understanding and skill through distributed practice.” Procedural Fluency in Mathematics
8/20/2014 03:53:40 PM | Permanent Link