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November, 1999 What is a Standards-Based Mathematics Curriculum?

Within mathematics education, talk about "the NCTM Standards" is everywhere.

June 11, 2008 What do Attention, Memory, and Language Learning have to do with Problem Solving?
Keynote address at MassMATE, the Massachusetts Mathematics Association of Teacher Educators

The way young children learn their own language can tell us a lot about how they — and perhaps the rest of us — learn mathematics.

April 14, 2011 What babies (and brain science) say about elementary school mathematics
NCTM Annual Meeting

Babies know more than you think! Elements of number, arithmetic, symmetry, transformations, probability, and even algebra are built in, or develop in early...

April 15, 2011 Thirteen formulas or one idea? Area, volume, dissections, and proof
NCTM Annual Meeting

Unify all familiar area and volume formulas, 2- and 3-D, as one versatile idea: scale factor x base x height.

March 18, 2007 Think Math! Using (and Building) Mathematical Curiosity and the Spirit of Puzzlement to Develop Algebraic Ideas and Computation Skill
NCSM Annual Meeting

You'll learn puzzles, games, and attention-riveting teaching strategies that build algebraic understanding while helping children develop computational...

April, 2011 The algebra of little kids language, mathematics, and habits of mind
April 16, 2011 Teaching without talking: building visual attention, focus, and working memory
NCTM Annual Meeting

It’s riveting! When the teacher doesn't talk, children watch intently to puzzle out how to join in the activity. They listen to each other, connect ideas,...

April 29, 2006 Stop Pulling Teeth: How to Extract Students' Mathematical Thinking
NCTM Annual Meeting

With not enough time to teach the basics, when do teachers fit in assessment?

April 28, 2006 Skills or Understanding? Why Not Both?
NCTM Annual Meeting

Come explore methods, puzzles, and representations that help students practice number facts and skills while also acquiring the conceptual underpinnings.

March 21, 2007 Shape Safari: Engaging and Useful Contexts for Learning 3-D Geometry!
NCTM Annual Meeting

When kids need to communicate and have something to talk about, they’re superb language learners. Tests require oodles of vocabulary, but we want thinking...

April 25, 2012 Puzzles are not just for dessert
NCTM Annual Meeting

What child does not love puzzles?  What teacher does not love watching children have fun while strengthening their skills?  Get students involved...

April 27, 2006 Practice with a Purpose: How Do I Teach the Basics without Boredom?
NCTM Annual Meeting

Mastery in basics skills requires practice, but repetitive drill puts students' brains to sleep.

March 23, 2007 Old Computations, New Representations
NCTM Annual Meeting

How can we ensure that our students develop computational fluency while also building conceptual understanding?

April 15, 2011 Mental gymnastics for your students: building computational skill and understanding
NCTM Annual Meeting

Save paper by using your head! Classroom video will show the astonishing mental arithmetic that nearly all young children can learn to do.

June 23, 2006 Mathematics (for all) for Tomorrow: How to Start a Job We Cannot Finish
Vail Symposium

This presentation included two PowerPoint files. The first—Why Math?—was created to honor Janet Whitla, at her retirement as president of EDC.

April, 2011 Mathematical Habits of Mind for Young Children

Elementary school teachers are in the unique and difficult position of managing just about everything, and often try to integrate their activities, finding...

April 23, 2010 Keeping up, not catching up: differentiating instruction without differentiating children
NCTM Annual Conference

Abstract: For strugglers, timing matters. A little help before a lesson gives a child two chances to learn: the help session, and the lesson for which the...

January 10, 2008 How the ideas and language of algebra K-5 set the stage for algebra 6–12
April 4, 2005 Helping Teachers See an Algebraic Story Line in Elementary School Math, and Learn the Algebraic Ideas as They Teach Them to their Children
NCSM Annual Meeting

Number "tricks" that make children feel brilliant can teach them their facts and the basic patterns they'll relearn in algebra.

April, 2006 Headline Stories: A Developmental Approach to Word Problems

An excerpt from the teacher's materials that describes a unique feature of Think Math! that prepares children to be creative problem solvers and...