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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Big Ideas About Math Education

(Presented at the 52nd Georgia Mathematics Conference (October 2011))
By Derrick Brown (Email) (@dbrowndbrown) (Download as PDF)

These "Big Ideas" provide a concrete, conceptual, strategic framework for improving math skills by building language skills ...

1. Math is the study of patterns ...

· Arithmetic studies patterns of numbers.
· Algebra studies patterns of variable numbers.
· Geometry studies patterns of shapes.
· Logic studies patterns of thought.
· Calculus studies patterns of motion, change, and space.
· Statistics studies patterns of data.
· Probability studies patterns of chance.
· Linguistics studies patterns of language.
· Topology studies patterns of position.

2. Students must learn to do math, and must then learn what math does.

3. Language (how we use words and sounds to communicate) and discourse (verbal expression in speech and writing) are more important than vocabulary (knowledge of words).

4. Language mastery is the key to content mastery.

5. Language mastery is the key to self-expression - which develops self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-discipline.

6. Content mastery is predicated upon using self-expression to build self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-discipline.

7. Divergent thinking (seeing multiple solutions to a problem) inspires creativity (the process of having original ideas), which adds value to society.

Please share your thoughts on these "Big Ideas" by leaving comments below. Email us to submit your own "Big Ideas" and best practices!
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1 comment:

Unknown said...

as someone who was afraid of math until grad school, it's nice to see that educators are open to new ways of teaching this subject

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