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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