Doing Right by the 8 Mathematical Practices – Fawn Nguyen
John Allen Paulos wrote in his book Innumeracy, “… mathematics has as much to do with computation as writing has to do with typing.” Yet, school mathematics continues to focus heavily on computation and arithmetic and not nearly enough on critical thinking and problem solving. What the Common Core gets right is the 8 Mathematical Practices, and these competencies depend on instruction and curriculum that expose students to mathematics as a way of thinking and solving problems. That the real utility of mathematics lies in the habits of mind. Let’s engage in these tasks ourselves and have conversations about practical ways to embed problem solving into students’ everyday interaction with mathematics.
About Fawn Nguyen
Specialist, Advanced Math Team, Amplify
Fawn is on the Math Advance Team at Amplify Desmos Math. She was a math coach for a K-8 school district for three years. Before that, Fawn was a middle school teacher for 30 years. Fawn was the 2014 Ventura County Teacher of the Year. In 2009, she was awarded the Math Teacher Hero from Raytheon. In 2005, she was awarded the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.
Fawn blogs about her lessons and classroom teaching at fawnnguyen.com. She also authors three other websites for teachers: visualpatterns.org, between2numbers.com, and chewablemath.com.
Fawn has been a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at math conferences throughout the country. She has been a part of the UC-Santa Barbara Mathematics Project Leadership team since 2005.
In 2012, she co-founded the Math Teachers’ Circle in Thousand Oaks, California. Fawn served a three-year term as a committee member of NCTM’s Professional Development Services Committee (PDSC) during 2015-2018.
Doing Right by the 8 Mathematical Practices – Discussion
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