The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) founded in 1920 is a mathematics education organization. The NCTM website provides information for math educators about the NCTM Standards, mathematics resources, NCTM publications, jobs, and news. The NCTM web-site is a large site with varied materials that are generally of high quality. The material ranges from practical, how-to materials to conceptually rich articles to help teachers grow to a more sophisticated level.
The goals of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, as stated on their website, are to be a public voice for mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. The major learning goals are to provide teachers and future teachers of mathematics with the best materials and best knowledge of theory and learning that is available. The goals are to create excellent math teachers and provide continuing opportunities for growth for practicing teachers.
Target Student Population:
Mathematics educators; in-service and preservice teachers working with students at the k-12 grade levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
It would be helpful to have some basic knowledge of the NCTM Standards. Very basic math skills are required. Materials are available at all levels.
Type of Material:
The NCTM website could be used as a resource for teacher education mathematics method courses, and in-service teachers at the k-12 grade levels. There are always new ways of thinking and approaching topics. A newer teacher may use it to find lessons as well as see new approaches. A more experienced teacher may occasionally find a rich new approach or idea. There are always connections to research to help enhance teaching.
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Evaluation and Observation
The NCTM website is developed and maintained by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics with valid information and resources for teachers and students in k-12 classrooms.
The NCTM Standards are available on the website as a free download. Mathematics activities, projects, and games are organized according to grade levels and the NCTM Standards.
The NCTM journals are online for NCTM members. There are several free preview articles for anyone to read.
The material is high quality, with a great deal of breadth and depth. The material is frequently updated and very user friendly.
Some of the material requires membership, so it is not always clear which items will be available and which ones are not.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The NCTM website has potential to be a valuable resource for in-service teachers. The mathematics activities are well organized and easy to use. The journal articles could be valuable resources for mathematics teachers to keep up with new teaching strategies with linking resources for them and their students.
Instructors of teacher education mathematics method courses could use the NCTM website as a resource for examples of mathematics activities for k-12 students that correlate with the NCTM Standards they are teaching.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This is an easy to navigate website for both students and faculty.
Other Issues and Comments:
I believe this is a valuable resource website for mathematics educators at all teaching levels. It is full of wonderful, exciting materials. There are opportunities for all types of experiences, including eworkshops! Journal articles are useful for finding approaches to topics in alternate ways. The explanations and examples used to enhance conceptual understanding are excellent,
as are the suggestions for assessment. However, the best way to truly take advantage of the web-site is to be a member of NCTM.