How do you feel about your mathematics education? Could you teach a third-grader how to perform mathematical calculations? More importantly do you know the definition of math and how it relates to multiple subjects and disciplines? Are you familiar with mathematical reasoning? Today’s teachers must ensure that all students grasp every aspect of mathematics including:
Reasoning and proof
Communication of mathematics Connections with other subjects and mathematical ideas
Being able to represent organize and record and communicate mathematical ideas.
The very diverse culture in our classrooms means even greater attention and care to ensuring that students become lifelong lovers and learners of Math.
The National Center for Teaching Mathematics (nctm.org) has developed standards based on fundamental ideas that include first learning mathematics with understanding is essential and second that students classrooms teach them to use the language of mathematics to solve problems.
National assessment of educational progress is done through criterion referenced tests for fourth eighth and 12th grade students. These results are used by educators and policymakers to determine what is needed to improve the situation for children who are having trouble. Teachers have the responsibility to create a love of math in their students and help them learn and grow in their ability to grasp and use mathematics in everyday life.
Considering the rapid changes and vastness of information, teachers must have a depth and flexibility of understanding themselves as well as persistence, a positive attitude, effective concerns and willingness and readiness to change and improve. Most of all, it is vital that mathematics teachers can inspire a love for mathematics in their students.
Reflection on Chapter 1 Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teaching Developmentally Walle, Carp, Williams.