Now: Reclaiming Mathematics for Solving Today's Issues

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  • 1 Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Seattle

As educators, we can attest to how students are the best litmus test for the relevance of our subject matter. To close the gap between an abstract idea or the means to a good grade, we must contextualize our teaching within the issues most prevalent in our students' minds.


Each month, two invited authors reflect on an important mathematics education topic from perspectives of either “Then” (the past) or “Now” (the present with an eye toward the future).

To close the gap between an abstract idea and student understanding, teachers must contextualize instruction within the issues uppermost in students' minds.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 2014. Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Reston, VA: NCTM.

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  • National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). 2010. Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Washington, DC: NGA Center and CCSSO.

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