EMAT 9700 Fall 2008
During tests and quizzes, please spend the class time reading something that is relevant to the mathematical preparation of teachers. Some suggestions are below, but feel free to find other relevant things to read. If you find something else of interest, please share the reference in the Discussions or with me by e-mail.
Suggested items to read during tests:
1) The Mathematical Education of Teachers, http://www.cbmsweb.org/MET_Document/ CBMS report, published by the AMS in cooperation with the MAA. You might pick one or two chapters to read.
2) “What mathematicians should know about teaching math for elementary teachers” by Sybilla Beckmann. Mathematicians and Education Reform Newsletter, Spring 2004, volume 16, number 2.
3) NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, http://nctm.org/standards/default.aspx?id=58
These standards have been very influential. Most state standards refer to them in one way or another. Many texts refer to them. You might pick a chapter to read or browse, or you might look at the E-examples (see top left).
4) NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, http://nctm.org/standards/default.aspx?id=58
These were published in 2006. I was a member of the writing team. More than 20 states have already used them in revising their mathematics standards.
5) Georgia Performance Standards, http://www.georgiastandards.org/math.aspx
Scroll down to see the standards. You might look at a few grade levels. The “Math Frameworks” (near the top of the page) might also be of interest.
6) Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics by the National Research Council. Notice that you can scroll down and download chapters for free.
7) Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS).
8) Writings on education of Hung-Hsi Wu, http://math.berkeley.edu/~wu/
Professor Wu is a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been vocal and influential on educational matters and is currently on President Bush’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel. You might poke around through his writings.
9) Professor Jim Milgram’s book on the mathematical preparation of elementary teachers. To be posted in the WebCT Reading folder. Professor Milgram is professor (emeritus) of mathematics at Stanford University and has been critical of some of the reform curricula.