May 5, 2015
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and The Hunt Institute have collaborated on the production of a series of videos to enhance understanding of the mathematics skills students need to succeed in college, life and careers. Beginning with mathematics in the primary grades, Math Voices: Educators and Mathematicians Talk About College and Career Ready Standards and Improving Mathematics Teaching and Learningaddresses the importance of developing a solid foundation for Algebra that includes numbers and operations, ratios and proportions as well as preparation for calculus and other postsecondary mathematics coursework. It also covers the standards for mathematical practice and why conceptual understanding requires a different approach to teaching and learning.
In addition to excerpts from several classrooms in Maryland and Massachusetts, there are interviews with elementary classroom teachers, secondary mathematics teachers, instructional leaders and coaches, principals, parent leaders, national mathematics experts, and college mathematics professors and researchers. Although the videos are intended primarily for parents, policymakers and educators may also find them to be a helpful resource.
Many issues that have been the subject of considerable debate are answered by educators in the videos series, including: