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Investigations 3: Making Sense of and Persevering with the Mathematical Practices

An Essay on the Math Practices

What does it look like when students engage in the Mathematical Practices? What is the teacher’s role in supporting the Practices? Read Deborah Schifter and Susan Jo Russell’s essay about what it means to take the Mathematical Practices seriously as part of instruction.


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In collaboration with MIT and leading mathematics educators studying early algebra reasoning, TERC is designing and implementing a computational toolset with which elementary students can construct and share mathematical proofs. More » 

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The 2013 white paper, Under the Microscope, examines research literature on biology labs (1987-2007), including papers and dissertations in English from 23 research journals, and covering work done in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The study evaluated the papers to discern trends, summarize findings, and identify gaps in the literature on biology labs from grade 5 to introductory college courses. Read More »