Flatland Meets Elementary

Flatland Meets Elementary
By Jeanne Simons
This article examines the educational system in the United States and its weaknesses in promoting conceptual understandings of mathematics, developing students’ abilities to make connections between concepts, and enabling the creative use of mathematics in problem solving.
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Published: 06-01-2011
Length: 12 Pages
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In order to reach their maximum potential, children must be supported from an early age in the development of higher level thinking and reasoning. This article examines the educational system in the United States and its weaknesses in promoting conceptual understandings of math- ematics, developing students’ abilities to make connections between concepts, and enabling the creative use of mathematics in problem solving. One constructivist pedagogical strategy of math- ematics instruction currently in place is examined and teacher practices in delivering instruction using this model are explored through the lens of the AQAL framework. The development of integral pedagogical methods that can be delivered by teachers at all levels is explored.