id: 05668659
dt: j
an: 2010c.00208
au: Martin, W.Gary; Kasmer, Lisa
ti: Reasoning and sense making.
so: Teach. Child. Math. 16, No. 5, 284-291 (2009).
py: 2009
pu: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
la: EN
cc: D32 D33
ut: goals of mathematics education; thinking skills; reasoning; primary
education; lower secondary; holistic approach; mathematical concepts
ci:
li:
ab: Summary: In late 2009, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
released "Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making"
(NCTM 2009). This new NCTM policy publication is designed to offer
guidance for high school mathematics teachers in providing focus and
coherence that parallels what "Curriculum Focal Points for
Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence"
(NCTM 2006) offers to elementary and middle school teachers, although
in quite different ways. Rather than identifying important mathematical
topics to be taught, the new book suggests that high school math must
focus on reasoning and sense making. Teachers of elementary school
grades might wonder, What does this have to do with them? The answer
quite simply is, Everything! In this article, the authors stress that
reasoning and sense making should be a significant focus not only for
high school mathematics but also across all grades. Placing the focus
of mathematical instruction on reasoning and sense making will help
teachers ensure that they maintain a broad focus on student thinking
throughout the mathematics program, not just on specific skills that
they want students to develop. (Contains 4 figures.) (ERIC)
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