The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has released a document that aims to describe in detail what teachers and education leaders need to do in practice to help students meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards for math.
The 135-page book, Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All, published this year, synthesizes and illustrates much of the current pedagogical research on effective math teaching, Diane J. Briars, the president of the Reston, Va.-based membership organization, said.
It lays out eight math teaching practices to support deeper learning in the subject, including “facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse,” “pose purposeful questions,” and “elicit and use evidence of student thinking.” The guide also addresses “productive” and “unproductive” beliefs teachers can have with respect to math teaching and learning.
The guidance is designed to explain “in one coherent document what are the teaching practices that need to happen on a daily basis to ensure kids develop the conceptual understanding and the ability to use the mathematical practices the common core calls for,” Ms. Briars said.
The NCTM, which published its own math standards 14 years ago, has publicly voiced support for the common core, saying the framework “presents an unprecedented opportunity for systemic improvement in mathematics education in the United States.”
Principles to Actions can be purchased from the NCTM, in print, for $28.95 ($23.95 for members). An ebook version is available for $4.99 ($3.99 for members).
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A version of this article appeared in the November 12, 2014 edition of Education Week as NCTM Issues Practice Guide for Teachers