UTA Department of Mathematics

Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium

Date/Time/Room: Friday (4/21/2006) at 2:30pm in 304 Pickard Hall

Speaker: Dr. Jim Lewis, Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"The Mathematical Education of Teachers: A National and Local View"

Abstract: In 2001, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) released their report, The Mathematical Education of Teachers. The MET report stresses the intellectual substance in school mathematics and the special nature of the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching. This report is one of a series of reports that call for improving mathematics education in our K-12 schools and which argue that investing in good teachers is the key step in improving K-12 education in America. We will discuss the recommendations found in several of those reports with an emphasis on the MET report.

On the local level, the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership is our effort to implement the MET recommendations in grades 5 – 8. We will discuss our experiences offering professional development courses for middle level math teachers that are focused on developing mathematical habits of mind.