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Rethinking Math

Never before in history has it been more important for students to be good at math, but students are not performing as well as they should be. I have assembled this collection of resources because they feature some of the best minds in math education and focus on innovative ideas for improving mathematics education.
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Rethinking Math
  • parenting.blogs.nytimes.com
    parenting.blogs.nytimes.com

    The Problem With Math Problems: We're Solving Them Wrong

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    Beth Still says:
    I found this article fascinating because I always believed that I was not good at math and there was nothing I could do about it. This article examines the issues associated with traditional methods for teaching math and the role that mindset plays in learning math. Several experts share ways to help students gain a deeper understanding of math and develop better problem solving skills.
  • hechingerreport.org
    hechingerreport.org

    Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?

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    Beth Still says:
    There is a lot of confusion about the Common Core math standards and how much impact, if any, they have on how math is taught. This is a good article for teachers to share with parents to help clear up any confusion.
  • Beth Still says:
    Teachers know how difficult it can be to inspire students, especially when it comes to math. This series of videos are a wonderful resource to show students who might not always see the beauty in math.
  • nytimes.com
    nytimes.com

    Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

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    Beth Still says:
    When I was in school I was taught that people were either good at math or they weren't. Unfortunately, that mindset still persists in many schools to this day. This article examines several times that we have had the opportunity to completely change the way that mathematics is taught. It gives me hope that someday that the way most schools teach math will be completely different.
  • Beth Still says:
    All too often math classes are "sit and get." Teachers work problems on the board so students can see how to arrive at the correct answer. This method doesn't allow students to really engage in the process. Brian Aspinall explores the idea of providing students with the opportunity to answer open-ended problems in math class.
  • Beth Still says:
    Like many people, I have always assumed there is a particular sequence to teaching math. I assumed students needed to master basic calculations before moving on to harder concepts. Conrad Wolfram shares his radical idea to teach math through computer programming which made me think about math instruction in a completely different way. He also makes an argument for why calculating by hand is irrelevant and that by using computers to calculate students can take higher level math classes earlier.
  • Beth Still says:
    The typical math classroom does not provide students with enough opportunities to think critically. In this riveting Ted talk, Dan Meyer shares classroom-tested ideas that engage students and get them to think. As someone who found it difficult to get excited about math class, this video was very inspiring!
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