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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

 

Ratings

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Reviewed: Jun 25, 2005 by Teacher Education
Overview: 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.
Learning Goals: 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: Resource
Recommended Uses: 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.
Technical Requirements: May need additional plug-ins for online mathematics activities and games.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating:
Strengths: 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.
Concerns: 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

Rating:
Strengths: 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.
Concerns:

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating:
Strengths: This is an easy to navigate website for both students and faculty.
Concerns:

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.