Teaching Mathematics in the 21st Century


Mathematics is not all just about numbers, formulas and equations (as seen in my earlier post) but it also involves thinking skills, concepts and applications.

Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM), 2000) provides guidance and direction for teachers and other leaders in pre-K-2 mathematics education.

Equity, Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, Assessment, Technology are the six principles fundamental to high-quality mathematics education. There are also five content standards – number, algrebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability with a set of goals applicable to all grad bands.

Teachers need to acquire standards too and know process to support their teaching

  • Knowledge of Mathematics and General Pedagogy
  • Knowledge of Student Mathematical Learning
  • Learning Environment
  • Discourse
  • Reflection on Student Learning
  • Reflection on Teaching Practices

Children need to develop mathematical  understanding. Thus, teachers must ensure that components of  mathematics are present within the children’s environment (contact) and concepts are clearly delivered or taught.


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Try solving this…in the shoes of a 12 year old.

Observe the number pattern below.

1, 2, 4 ,7 ,11, 16, 22, 29, 37, 46, …

What is the 2011th number?



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