ERIC Number: ED454066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Thinking Like Mathematicians: Putting the NCTM Standards into Practice. Updated for Standards 2000.
Rowan, Thomas; Bourne, Barbara
This book has helped thousands of math teachers envision what can happen if they implement the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards. It reveals that with the right teaching strategies and curricula, students can become confident, creative, and actively involved in the math process and can actually think like mathematicians. Some of the best strategies for achieving these goals are modeled throughout the book, and this version has been updated to include the NCTM Standards 2000. Vignettes and anecdotes present cases of children, many of whom were previously unsuccessful at math and who are now problem solvers and confident of their ability to reason mathematically, value the role of mathematics in their lives, and share that understanding with their peers and teachers. The teachers who planned for and implemented the programs that facilitate these mathematical learning processes are also discussed. Specific chapters feature discussions about Standards 2000, planning for a Standards 2000-based program, guidelines for implementing such a program, and modes of assessment and evaluation. A case study of one dynamic child whose remarkable mathematical thinking might have been discouraged by a traditional classroom is presented. The book concludes with a series of questions and answers that help to explain recommended classroom practices. (Contains 25 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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