The following statements represent commonly held ideas about mathematics that may hinder the improvement of student achievement. You will probably agree and disagree with some and others you may not be so sure. Read each and select a response that reflects your beliefs. When you are finished click "Print selections" for a printout of your responses.
1. Being skilled at using algorithms (traditional procedures for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing) is
to be a mathematician.
2. The sooner a person learns the basic facts the better.
children start to learn the traditional algorithms the better.
4. Countries that score
in mathematics than the United States spend less time teaching algorithms and start that instruction later.
5. Children and some animals
born with the ability to recognize the value of 1, 2, and 3.
6. Students; inaccuracies with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division usually
due to procedural errors.
7. Students who use calculators have
8. Rote learning
interfere(s) with number and operation sense making.
9. Practice without conceptual understanding
10. Practice without prior experience with other methods
11. Practice seems to legitimize a single procedure and
students’ computational fluency.
made the need to understand obsolete.
13. Teaching is most often organized linearly and inclusive of selected topics.
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