“What is Math in Practice?” We get that a lot. It might be more important to first talk about whyMath in Practice.
Sometimes we look back to the “good old days” of teaching math with rose-colored glasses. But did everyone learn and love mathematics in those classrooms? What do you remember about math class when you were the student? What was a typical assignment? What did your classroom look like and sound like? As I listen to teachers across the country, I am struck by the similarity of their experiences as they recall:
lots of memorizing
a teacher telling how to do it
one right answer
one way to get the answer
no group work
We know that one of the biggest changes in the teaching of math is a new definition of proficiency. Computation skills are still important, but it takes more than that. We want our students to understand why math works.
“The motivating force that makes educators so special is the understanding that taking the extra minute, going the extra mile, reaching out one additional time can, and often does, make the critical difference.” —Steve Leinwand
If you’ve ever heard Steve Leinwand speak, you know he is energetic and opinionated. More importantly, he is fiercely devoted to the best possible mathematics instruction for all students. In today’s blog, which is adapted from his bestselling book Sensible Mathematics, Steve reflects on what he’s learned that’s worthy of passing on to other educators.
“One of the most exciting things of all today is that you've got teachers posting things that are available to everyone. There's an immense amount of high quality resources available.” —Steve Leinwand
If you’ve ever had the privilege of hearing Steve Leinwand speak, you know he is energetic and opinionated. More importantly, he is fiercely devoted to the best possible mathematics instruction for all students. His two books, Accessible Mathematics and Sensible Mathematics, are both bold and practical guides for shifting how we teach math in all grades. In today’s blog, Steve shares his top online resources for improving math instruction.