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 […]
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.
As the world economy shifts away from manufacturing jobs and towards more creative jobs, there’s a consensus among parents, educators, politicians and business leaders that it is crucial students complete their K-12 education with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their […]