Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW! NCTM's Journal Blogs

NCTM has joined the blogosphere with three entries: one corresponding to each journal. Here's how NCTM describes them.
Each of NCTM’s three teacher journal blogs has been developed to expand on a theme or topic:

1. Math Tasks to Talk About in Teaching Children Mathematics
2. Blogarithm: Standards of Mathematical Practice in the Middle Grades in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and
3. Joy and Inspiration in the Mathematics Classroom in Mathematics Teacher  
Blog posts are contributed by guest bloggers from within the mathematics education community, and all three invite comments from the field.  Access your journal blog above and join the conversation now.
These blogs are independent of the actual articles in the Journals. The only way to comment about an article is to send an email to the editorial staff of the Journals (mtms@nctm.org.) I had a comment about an article in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (MTMS) entitled Tasks to Develop Language for Ratio Relationships. (You have to be a member of NCTM to read it.)

I have a problem with young children focusing on such language distinctions as “the blue ribbon is 5 times longer than the red ribbon” and “the blue ribbon is five times as long as the red ribbon”. The important thing is that students understand multiplicative reasoning using whatever language makes sense to them, rather than confuse with language that I as math educator have trouble making sense of.

Is there a public forum for comments about MTMS articles? If not, there should be.

Thanks in advance for a response.


Ihor Charischak
White Plains, NY

Waiting to hear back.

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