Tag Archives: habits of mind

The Four Freedoms in the Classroom

You will find that by providing the following freedoms in your classroom an improved learning environment will be created. The Freedom to Make Mistakes Help your students to approach the acquisition of knowledge with confidence. We all learn  through our mistakes. Listen to and observe your students and encourage them to explain or demonstrate why… Read More »

Making generalizations in mathematics

Making generalizations is fundamental to mathematics. Developing the skill of making generalizations and making it part of the students’ mental disposition or  habits of mind in learning and dealing with mathematics is one of the important goals of mathematics education.  Making generalizations is a skill, vital in the functioning of society. It is one of the reasons why… Read More »

Teaching algebraic expressions – Counting smileys

This is an introductory lesson for teaching the concept of variable and algebraic expressions through problem solving. The problem solving task combines numerical, geometric, and algebraic thinking.  The figure below shows the standard version of the task. Of course some easier versions would ask for the 5th figure, then perhaps 10th figure, then the 100th… Read More »

What is mathematical literacy?

Defining mathematical literacy The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the OECD describes mathematical literacy as: “an individual’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, to make well-founded judgments and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that meet the needs of that individual’s life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen” (OECD,1999).… Read More »

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