Here is a great piece by our favorite Professor of Mathematics, Jo Boaler, about “The Stereotypes That Distort How Americans Teach and Learn Math” and how the Common Core addresses some of those issues. She challenges that idea that certain people are “math people” and  the problem with emphasizing speedy recall of the math facts  over developing mathematical understanding.

Discover how Math Trailblazers supports and embodies Boaler’s ideas through an exploration of  our approach to Math Facts and Whole Number Computation. See how Math Trailblazers  engages students in rigorous multi-step problem solving  and  real-world contexts, and learn how Math Trailblazers helps students persevere by fostering flexible thinking, making connections among multiple strategies, and supporting the development of deep conceptual understanding  though explicit attention to the conceptual development of mathematical concepts.

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