Conceptual Mathematics

  • promoting mathematics as a conceptual tool, not limited to procedural thinking
  • also promoting the educational reform necessary to help students see math as a creative way of thinking
modified 7/2014
  The two principal purposes of mathematics
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Mathematics is a tool for understanding yourself.

  • What am I good at?
  • How do I learn?
  • How do I figure things out?
  • What things confuse me?
  • What do I enjoy learning?

Mathematics is a tool for understanding the world around you.

  • How can we describe the physical world consistently?
  • How can we verify what we think we have observed?
  • What language skills do I need to communicate numeric concepts?

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