Constructing a Personal Understanding of Mathematics: Making the Pieces Fit

  • Constructing a Personal Understanding of Mathematics: Making the Pieces Fit

    Mark Ellis
    Reflecting on his own development as a teacher of mathematics, the author provides a glimpse into how a shift in his thinking about and understanding of mathematics powerfully impacted the nature of the learning environment he tried to create within his classroom. It is argued that students and teachers alike need opportunities to develop personal, meaningful understanding of mathematics if the vision of the NCTM standards is to become a reality.