This is a great piece by former NCTM President Linda Gojak on making mathematical connections in which she contends that “Too often, rather than making sense of mathematical ideas, students focus on remembering procedures or tricks.”

Math Trailblazers is designed to attend to students’ conceptual development of mathematical concepts and to help them make connections among strategies and representations. We pride ourselves on having created a coherent and deliberate learning progression within and across grades to make the kinds of connections Gojak describes. Learn more about Focus, Rigor, and Coherence in Math Trailblazers 4th edition, explore our Grade Level Overviews, and take a closer look at our 4th Grade progression for multiplicative reasoning for a detailed example.

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