The NCTM process standards, Adding it Up mathematical proficiency strands, and Common Core State Standards for mathematical practices are all saying the same thing but why do I get the feeling that the Mathematical Practices Standards is out to get the math teachers. The NCTM’s process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections describe for me…

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Level 1 – Teaching by telling The teachers at Level 1 can only tell students the important basic ideas of mathematics such as facts, concepts, and procedures. These teachers are more likely to teach by telling. For example in teaching students about the set of integers they start by defining what integers are and then…

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Among the ‘rules’ for working with negative numbers, the most counter intuitive is “negative times a negative is a positive”. It is easily forgotten especially if it was learned by rote. It is also not an easy ‘rule’ to make sense of so it needs to be learned with conceptual understanding. Here’s my proposed lesson for…

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