How our district is making math relevant

Louisiana  teacher and math curriculum specialist, Roger Vance, highlights why it’s important for teacher to have access to “target, ongoing professional development.” Rigorous standards require that teachers constantly reflect and improve on their practice.  “It is no longer enough for students to simply memorize how to do something. They must demonstrate a deeper understanding and be able to explain the “why” behind the “how”, he writes.  In order to help students meet this goal, Mr. Vance stresses that teachers must learn strategies that reflect “the way that the standards now require us to teach.”

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