Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
In this session:
Observing Student Representation
Representations are useful in all areas of mathematics because they help us develop, share, and preserve our mathematical thoughts. "[They] help to portray, clarify, or extend a mathematical idea by focusing on its essential features" (NCTM, 2000, p. 206).
"Mathematical representation" refers to the wide variety of ways to capture an abstract mathematical concept or relationship. A mathematical representation may be visible, such as a number sentence, a display of manipulative materials, or a graph, but it may also be an internal way of seeing and thinking about a mathematical idea. Regardless of their form, representations can enhance students' communication, reasoning, and problem-solving abilities; help them make connections among ideas; and aid them in learning new concepts and procedures.
This session shows you how to help students do the following:
NCTM Representation Standard
Instructional programs . . . should enable all students to --
Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000). For more information on this Process Standard, see the NCTM Web site.
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