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American Educator
Fall 2005

 

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Helping Children Learn Mathematics

What I Learned in Elementary School
By Ron Aharoni

A professional mathematician shares his insights about effective instructional practice, how children learn, the importance of a coherent, systematic curriculum—and mathematics—after taking up the challenge of teaching in an Israeli elementary school.

The Role of Curriculum
By William H. Schmidt

Knowing Mathematics for Teaching (PDF)
Who Knows Mathematics Well Enough to Teach Third Grade, and How Can We Decide?
By Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Heather C. Hill, and Hyman Bass

There is general agreement that teachers' knowledge of the mathematical content to be taught is the cornerstone of effective mathematics instruction. But the actual extent and nature of the mathematical knowledge teachers need remains a matter of controversy. A new program of research into what it means to know mathematics for teaching—and how that knowledge relates to student achievement—may help provide some answers.

Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching: A Research Review

Mathematics for Teaching: Then and Now (PDF)

Mathematics Professor Richard Askey Provides Answers to "Mathematics for Teaching: Then and Now" (web extra, PDF)


Circling "The Scourge"
By Bess Keller

The AIDS pandemic has decimated teaching forces and crippled school systems across sub-Saharan Africa. The AFT has responded by developing partnerships with African teacher unions to help them meet the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS. Despite the emotional toll, it is Lucy Barimbui's job to coordinate these anti-AIDS education activities for the Kenya National Union of Teachers.

Opening the Door to a World of Possibilities
By Tony Stead

Nonfiction reading and writing represents a vast untapped resource for engaging young children's natural curiosity about themselves and the world. The challenge is to take that excitement and harness it to classroom instruction.

The Power of Place
By James Oliver Horton

Have you knelt down to touch Ellis Island, peeked through the window of an old slave cabin, or gazed up at an Anasazi cliff dwelling? If so, you've probably felt the power of place. American Landmarks is a new series of books that teachers can draw on to expose their students to that power. Through excerpts on Philadelphia's Independence Hall and St. Louis's Old Courthouse, we share the potential of these places, not just as field trip destinations, but as primary sources that can inspire a new appreciation of history.

Independence Hall
By Gary B. Nash

The Old Courthouse
By James Oliver Horton

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About American Educator

American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

 
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