Improving the Planning and Teaching of Mathematics by Reflecting on Research

  • Improving the Planning and Teaching of Mathematics by Reflecting on Research

    Lauren Hoffman; Daniel Brahier
    Article presents major results of TIMSS, along with practical suggestions and questions that mathematics teachers can ask themselves to apply the results to the improvement of their practice. Differences in the U.S. and Japan are highlighted, such as the U.S. emphasis on procedures, and Japanese emphasis on concepts. In Japan mistakes point out areas that need more work, in the US mistakes are viewed as something bad. In Japan teachers want their students to see relationships; in the U.S. teachers want their students to learn skills.