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American Teacher
January/February 2013


Feature Story
Common Sense

Thinking Math helps schools make a smooth transition to the Common Core State Standards.

THE EXCITEMENT OVER Thinking Mathematics runs deep in Volusia County, Fla., especially at Pathways and Pine Trail elementary schools where teachers say the AFT program is making math fun and concrete for students, and helping the two schools make a seamless transition to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Becky Pittard, a fifth-grade teacher at Pathways, may be Thinking Math's biggest cheerleader. The strategies embedded in the program, she says, "light up the joy of teaching mathematics."

Pittard, a national trainer for the AFT's Thinking Math program, says it "has completely changed my approach to teaching math."

Conceived more than 20 years ago, Thinking Mathematics is a professional development program for K-8 math teachers. It was one of the first teacher/researcher partnerships, bringing together AFT members and the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.


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American Teacher covers a wide range of activities of interest to preK-12 educators. It includes classroom resources and profiles of members, as well as reports on education reform efforts, teachers' rights, union organizing, effective teaching techniques and other education and labor issues. American Teacher is published six times a year and is mailed to all preK-12 educators who are members of the AFT as a benefit of membership. Single copies are free on request. Questions, comments and inquiries about American Teacher should be sent to its managing editor Roger Glass.  
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