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The Crisis in American Education

  The Crisis in American Education John Ewing American education is in crisis… I’m told. Want evidence? Look on the Internet. Search for “education crisis in America” and you will find millions of articles, essays, and (yes) blogs, all describing, … Continue reading

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Teaching Mathematics Conceptually: An Example

By Roger Howe I have been worrying a lot about mathematics education for over a quarter century now. While many university mathematicians who get involved in mathematics education focus on the need for new teaching methods, I have been drawn … Continue reading

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Sense-Making and Making Sense

There’s an old slogan, probably due to Seymour Papert: “You can’t think about thinking unless you think about thinking about something.” Sense making is about the habits and practices used to understand mathematics, and making sense is about applying those practices to a particular structuring of mathematics itself.

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Mathematical Practices

My work and that of my colleagues at Education Development Center has always put mathematical thinking—the habits of mind that are indigenous to our discipline—at the core of our work with teachers. What we’ve learned from expert teachers has led … Continue reading

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