

What Should I Look for in a Math Classroom?A math classroom should provide practical experience in mathematical skills that are a bridge to the real world of jobs and adult responsibilities. This means going beyond memorization into a world of reasoning and problem solving. Sounds good, but how will I recognize a good math classroom when I see it? Look for the following actions by students and teachers. If you see them, you will be looking at a classroom that is preparing students for the world and beyond.
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Mathematics is the language of the 21st century — those who want to be heard will have to speak it. Reading, writing, picturing, and talking about mathematics are basic skills that help us to understand and explain our world. Mathematical Thinking is an allpurpose tool. It can be applied throughout a lifetime to recognize and clarify problems, to locate and make sense of information, to explore several solutions in search of information, to explore several solutions in search of a best solution, and to argue with confidence for acceptance of that best solution. Mathematics is nourishment for 21st century minds. It's non fattening and cholesterol free. It can be available in your local classrooms if you know what to ask for. Help your schools to serve up the best mathematics available, and make certain that the students in your community take some home today.
What Should I Look for in a Math Classroom? was developed by The Math Connection. Members of the Math Connection are: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, Mathematical Association of America, Mathematical Association of America, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National School Boards Association The Annenberg Media Math and Science Project has funded more than 35 educational reform efforts. These projects educate and support groups of adults who have a hand in changing the way math and science are taught, including parents, teachers, teacher educators, administrators and policymakers. Projects funded place strong emphasis on building human coalitions and networks as well as electronic ones. the Project's mission is to engage as many adults as possible in the math and science education reform movement.

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