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Math is a Verb

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14326For most people, the word mathematics is a noun. But for many people in different cultures, math is not simply something they learn in school but something they do as an intrinsic part of their everyday lives. Math is a Verb: Activities and Lessons from Cultures Around the World provides culturally situated examples, each linked to Common Core objectives that show how math can be so much more than a story problem or an exercise in a worksheet with little or no context. Use code SOC25 to receive 25% off by September 30!

Head Tech

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BlogarithmEvery day it seems like K–12 students have more powerful tech tools at their disposal. But what are they to do with these tools? And when is it appropriate for them to use these tools? Read the latest MTMS blog of Blogarithm: Standards of Mathematical Practice in the Middle Grades.

CBMS National Forum

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CBMS LogoThe Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) National Forum will be at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Virginia, October 5–7. The focus and theme will be on building student success in the first two years of college math. This will continue and expand the work begun at our previous national forums. These previous four forums have focused upon K–12 mathematics education and the lifelong education of K–12 teachers. Register by September 25!

Back to School—The Time to Engage Parents and Families

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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

Mathematics for Equity

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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.

Procedural Fluency in Mathematics

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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
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