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Constructing a Personal Understanding of Mathematics: Making the Pieces Fit

Mark Ellis 

November 2003, Volume 96, Issue 8, Page 538

Abstract:
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.

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