Reflections on Practice: Redefining Success in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

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  • 1 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Amajor goal of current reform efforts is to help students learn mathematics with understanding. “Good” mathematical tasks are an important starting point for developing mathematical understanding, but selecting and setting up good tasks does not guarantee a high level of student engagement (Smith and Stein 1998). Using such tasks can, and often does, present challenges for teachers and students.


MARGARET SMITH is interested in supporting and studying the professional development of teachers.

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Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School


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