Do our young people really need math? The standard answer is “Of course, look at our changing technological world.” But the secret, seldom-spoken response is, “That’s exactly why I don’t need it. Machines can do it all for me. And besides, I’ll never be an engineer.” So students opt out, sitting in classrooms going through […]
How can we help parents in supporting their child to develop better skills when it comes to the higher demands for learning mathematics? This is a question that many teachers struggle with every year in our schools. The focus of this blog post is to provide a few printable resources (see table below) and a few […]
Rigorous learning opportunities, conceptual understanding, increased fluency. These are all underlying goals for mathematics teaching and learning in the 21st century and mathematics teachers are challenged daily to meet these goals with all students, regardless of the students’ prior instructional experiences or current mathematical understandings. To meet these challenges, teachers are expected to be able […]
One of the top jobs in America today is an app developer; something that you couldn’t even get a degree in five years ago. And, the US Department of Commerce estimates that over 50 percent of the jobs currently available will be automated in the next ten years. Therefore, we need to prepare our students! […]
Although the goals of equity and excellence in education sometimes appear to clash, in mathematics education they converge on a single focal point: heightened expectations. Is it acceptable for a student to finish school and not be able to read? No. Is it acceptable for a student to finish school and not be proficient in Math? Of course not. […]
Teaching mathematics with a problem-centered approach may cause some teachers to step outside of their own comfort zone, the benefits that students receive from learning in this environment are well worth the discomfort that may be felt. Take a look at the 5 benefits of a problem-centered math classroom followed by a classroom video segment below.
The question asked every day by all teachers of mathematics, no matter the grade level or geographic location is, “How can I effectively teach mathematics concepts and skills so that students are able to successfully understand and remember it?” This is a difficult question to answer for many reasons.