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Connections in mathematics can be found within a mathematical topic, across strands and process standards, and outside mathematics, such as connections to other subjects or real-world contexts. Connections make mathematics more meaningful and make learning easier. Recognizing and establishing connections can greatly assist students in their efforts to problem-solve, reason, and communicate about mathematics.

Learning Objectives

This session shows you how to help students do the following:

  • Connect new concepts to prior learning
  • Recognize and use connections between similar mathematical situations
  • Use connections among process standards and strands when solving problems
  • Use representations to connect mathematical ideas
  • Use connections between mathematics and other subject areas -- science, history, etc.
  • Apply mathematics to problems that arise outside the classroom

NCTM Connections Standard

Instructional programs . . . should enable all students to --

  • Recognize and use connections among mathematical ideas
  • Understand how mathematical ideas interconnect and build on one another to produce a coherent whole
  • Recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics

Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000). For more information on this Process Standard, see the NCTM Web site


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