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ERIC Number: EJ1113010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Fostering Perseverance
Lewis, Jennifer M.; Özgün-Koca, S. Asli
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v22 n2 p109-113 Sep 2016
Sustaining engagement with a mathematics task is not a novel suggestion for effective mathematics teaching. "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (2000) specified that "students need to know that a challenging problem will take some time and that perseverance is an important aspect of the problem-solving process and of doing mathematics" (NCTM 2000, p. 186). Yet there is often an expectation in mathematics class that solutions should come quickly, and teachers work against a norm that has equated fast responses with proficiency in mathematics. The Common Core's Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) (CCSSI 2010) have brought renewed attention to the importance of perseverance in mathematical problem solving. In this article, we offer a set of classroom practices that foster students' perseverance in problem solving.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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