Meaningful Math CyberPD

Getting Started
  • Principles of Meaningful Math
  • The Organization of Mathematical Content in Meaningful Math
  • The Instructional Model: A Mathematical Community
  • The Student Textbook
  • A Teacher's Guide for Every Unit
  • A Complete Three-Year Curriculum
  • Helping students to learn to solve problems is a stated goal of all school mathematics programs. It is not controversial to strive to help students learn, when confronted with a mathematical problem, to understand what the problem is asking, to devise a plan to solve the problem, to carry out that plan, and then to assess the validity of the solutions obtained. These general steps, outlined in George Polya's classic How to Solve It (1949), appear, at times quite explicitly, in many mathematics texts.

    But what, exactly, is a "mathematical problem," and what roles might problems play in a mathematics curriculum? Meaningful Math has answered these questions in specific ways.

    What is a Mathematical Problem?
  • The Role of Problems
  • Proof in Meaningful Math
  • The Need for Change
  • Meaningful Math Promotes Understanding
  • How to Promote Mathematical Thinking
  • Your Own Growth

The Meaningful Math curriculum is designed so that much of the in-class learning takes place as students work together collaboratively in randomly-formed groups. This group work is balanced by opportunities for students to work individually.

This section discusses the reasons for the collaborative approach to learning, the process of forming groups, and ways to make collaborative learning work successfully in your classroom.

  • Why Group Work?
  • Considerations
  • How to Form Groups
  • Assigning and Using Roles in Cooperative Groups
  • What is Meant by Heterogeneous?
  • Why Meaningful Math Promotes Heterogeneous Classes
  • How to Work with a Heterogeneous Class
  • The Importance of Communication
  • "How To's" of Oral Presentations
  • Communication Through Writing
  • Point Out Progress
  • Fitting the Curriculum to the School Year
  • Concept Development and Mastery of Skills
  • Finding the Right Pace
  • Nontraditional Scheduling
  • Technology in Society and Education
  • Calculators Always Available
  • What About Computers?
  • Assessment is More than Just Grading
  • How Does Grading Fit In?
  • End-of-Unit Assessments
  • Some "How-To's" to Help with Grading
  • Changing Over Time
  • What Is a Portfolio?
  • Using Portfolios
  • Calculator Management and Security
  • Getting Good Attendance
  • Motivating Students to Do Homework and POWs
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Student Supplies
  • Access to Materials
  • Unit Supplies