Tag Archives: K-12 mathematics

Two More Teaching Vignettes

For this month’s blog post, I offer two more vignettes from my classroom experience.  My intention, as in the last column, is to communicate what I think of as the essence of teaching, which is the emotional—not just intellectual—bond between … Continue reading

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MATHEMATICS: GATEKEEPER OR GATEWAY?

Some recent writers on mathematics education have been talking about mathematics as a field enjoying ’unearned privilege’ as a ‘gatekeeper’ in our society.  The more I think about it, the less sense this makes. For some writers, the reference may … Continue reading

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My “First” Mathematical Problem and What It Means

I am inspired, by several previous blog entries, to write about my own mathematical awakening, and what I’ve learned from reflecting on it. I went to New York City Public Schools, in the Bronx.  I always enjoyed arithmetic and mastered … Continue reading

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Learning by Teaching: Service-Learning in a Precalculus Classroom

By Ekaterina Yurasovskaya, Seattle University Mathematics is a beautiful subject that can easily become an ivory tower. There can be a temptation for teachers and students of mathematics to shy away from the role that mathematics plays as a social … Continue reading

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They Taught Me by Letting Me Wonder

By Dr. Nafeesa H. Owens, Ph.D., Program Director/PAEMST Program Lead, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, National Science Foundation* Today we celebrate the story of Marizza Bailey, who was honored last year by the White House with … Continue reading

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The Second Year of “On Teaching and Learning Mathematics”

By Art Duval, Contributing Editor, University of Texas at El Paso Another year has flown by, and so it is once again a good time to collect and reflect on all the articles we have been able to share with … Continue reading

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One Reason Fractions (and Many Other Topics) Are Hard: Equivalence Relations Up and Down the Mathematics Curriculum

By Art Duval, Contributing Editor, University of Texas at El Paso  Why are fractions hard to learn for so many people?  There are many reasons for this, but I like to think about one in particular, a mathematical idea hiding in … Continue reading

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Mathematical education of teachers Part II: What are we doing about Textbook School Mathematics?

By Hung-Hsi Wu This two-part series is a summary of the longer paper, Textbook School Mathematics and the preparation of mathematics teachers. TSM (Textbook School Mathematics) has dominated school mathematics curriculum and assessment for the past four decades, yet, in … Continue reading

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Mathematical Education of Teachers, Part I: What is Textbook School Mathematics?

By Hung-Hsi Wu This two-part series is a partial summary of the longer paper, Textbook School Mathematics and the preparation of mathematics teachers. School mathematics education has been national news for at least two decades. The debate over the adoption … Continue reading

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