Smarter Than We Think: More Messages About Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century

Available at Math Solutions

Smarter Than We Think is a must-read for parents, teachers, policy makers, or anyone who cares about the mathematical education of the next generation. Seeley tackles common misconceptions about students, and she challenges teachers and teacher educators to engage students by turning their classrooms “upside-down” and to rethink what “everyone knows” about teaching mathematics.

She exhorts policy makers to put mathematics first and uses this as the guiding principle in making choices about technology in the classroom, restructuring curriculum, and high-stakes testing. Finally, in a set of essays on the mathematical practices in the Common Core State Standards, Seeley reminds us that it is not simply mathematical content that we want students to master. Rather, we should also seek to instill in our students the essential habits of mind that are the hallmark of mathematical thinking, arguably the essential skill for thriving in the twenty-first century.

Published in 2014.

August 31, 2014 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Faster Isn’t Smarter: Messages About Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century

Available at Math Solutions, now in an expanded and updated second edition, with four new messages!

Based on Cathy L. Seeley’s award-winning NCTM President’s Messages, and including dozens of new messages, this must-have resource offers straight talk and common sense about some of the most thought-provoking and important issues today. With topics ranging from the impact of rising expectations and the trap of timed tests to the role of technology and the phenomenon of jumping on bandwagons, this book provides a base for lively discussion among teachers, parents, leaders, and policy makers.

Second edition 2015; first published in 2009.

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March 22, 2009 at 7:47 am 1 comment

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Some of my favorite things to write have been short pieces—messages—like those in my two books, inspired by my NCTM President’s Messages. I am always eager to write more things like this.

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March 21, 2009 at 7:42 am 4 comments

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