Saturday, August 10, 2013

Note to Parents

When we talk about Mathematics, numbers, symbols, equations, sums are what we often think about and know about. It is challenging for some, interesting for some and of course, easy for some. Mathematics is simple more than completing sets of exercises or mimicking processes, but how we generate solutions for problem solving, checking if it makes sense and it can help to connect to what we see in the real world.

The six principles from the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics are:

1. The Equity Principle
  • Students must be given the opportunity and adequate support to learn mathematics regardless of personal characteristics, background, or physical challenges.
2. The Curriculum Principle
  • Students must see that mathematics is an integrated whole, not a collection of isolated bits and pieces.
3. The Teaching Principle
  • Understanding what the students know and need to learn and then challenge and support them to learn it well.
  • Need to understand the content of mathematics and select meaningful instructional tasks.
4. The Learning Principle
  • Learning Mathematics with understanding and also the ability to think and reason Mathematics.
  • Students are required to evaluate their own ideas and make mathematical conjectures and test them.
5. The Assessment Principle
  • Having ongoing assessment and observations are essential as it can help in making instructional decisions and gathering data of students' understanding where the teachers can use to better make daily decisions and support their learning.
6. The Technology Principle
  • Technology tools are essential for doing and learning mathematics and permits students to focus on mathematical ideas and to solve problems in ways that are often impossible without using technology tools.
To become the teacher of Mathematics, the following are important points to look out for:
  • Knowledge of Mathematics
  • Persistence
  • Positive Attitude
  • Readiness for Change
  • Reflective Disposition
Mathematics requires effort and its important that the students, families and the community acknowledge and honor the effort in learning Mathematics and to work together to help the student problem solve and understand the concepts of Mathematics.

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