Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Simmt Article Thoughts

This article was down-to-earth and interesting.

Math is integral to so many aspects of our lives as citizens.     Some goals for math education include:  gaining personal satisfaction in knowing math;  participating in a cultural heritage of mathematics;   applying mathematical thinking and problem solving in the workplace in all professions;   and mathematics for the scientific and technical fields.    Acquiring quantitative literacy is part of everyone's day to day living in our world.

There are strategies for teaching that can potentially inhibit citizenship education.  If it is taught as a rigid emphasis on right or wrong, or a set of facts, skill, or process, then the student may not be able to transfer their knowledge to other realms of applications with similar parameters.    On the other hand, there are strategies that can help promote the usage of math beyond the classroom and traditional scope of the subject.    For example,  using  varying ways of posing  a question, involving students in explaining and seeking diverse solutions,  and in constant engaging of in mathematical conversations.

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