Keeping Mathematics Simple
If you are a mathematics teacher, the Keeping Mathematics Simple is a highly recommended read. The principle of Keeping Mathematics Simple:
This blog is not about making math easy because it isn’t. It is about making it make sense because it does.
Erlina Ronda, the author of the blog, has excellent ideas in mathematics teaching and pedagogy. It has also has some articles of our version of Lesson Study here in the Philippines.
Here is a full description of Erlina Ronda’s blog:
This blog is my contribution to narrowing the gap between theory and practice in mathematics teaching and learning. It contains teaching tips based on current reforms in mathematics education and teaching such as teaching mathematics through problem solving (TtPS), developing higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) and mathematical habits of mind, variation theory, constructivist teaching, scaffolding learning, etc.
I believe that K-12 mathematics is about developing students’ mathematical thinking and communication capacities first, and, knowing mathematics next. Experience and education have also taught me that mathematical thinking, communicating mathematically, and mathematics are best learned in the context of solving problems and doing mathematical investigations.
I love to develop mathematical tasks and activities that involve basic mathematics concepts but has the potential to engage both teachers and students in higher level thinking. I am particularly interested in students’ learning trajectory for specific content topic.
My work includes doing research in mathematics teaching, writing curriculum materials and facilitating professional development programs for mathematics teachers. I taught mathematics for 8 years before my current work.
Keeping Math Simple is one of the partner blogs of Mathematics and Multimedia. It will host the Math and Multimedia blog carnival Special Edition on January 2011, an edition that will focus on teaching algebra concepts.