A new school year is well underway for many of us. Classrooms are buzzing with learners, eager to find out the school year has in store for them. And teachers are jumpstarting “norms” for student engagement with and learning in mathematics. Undoubtedly, these norms will shape how students “see” themselves as participants in, contributors to, and successful learners of mathematics.
For me, an important message, or norm I want students to embrace is:
Making sense of mathematics means Creating, Connecting, and Communicating
Too often, students today experience mathematics as a tedious collection knowledge and procedures, and learning as a “get it” or “don’t get it” endeavor. The gap between school mathematics and mathematics as applied and practiced in the real world is often substantial.