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What is a worthwhile mathematical task? How is a task different from a lesson or an assignment? An experienced teacher and math educator shares his point of view.

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Steven M. Schulman, sschulman4@gmail.com, is a long-time New York City teacher, district mathematics coordinator, and curriculum consultant. His participation in math education through periods of significant reform has provided him with considerable insight into what has been achieved by learning theorists, mathematicians, and math educators over several decades. On the basis of his observations and experiences, he continues to use an optimistic brush to paint the future of what we do. Schulman is currently teaching math methods to new elementary and middle school teacher candidates at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Schulman recently introduced TCM readers to “Memories of a Chicken-and-a Half” (September 2012).

(Corresponding author is Schulman sschulman4@gmail.com)
Teaching Children Mathematics

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