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Improving Mathematics Teaching


"Most current efforts to improve the quality of teaching focus on the teacher: how the profession can recruit more qualified teachers and how we can remedy deficiencies in the knowledge of current teachers. The focus on teachers has some merit, of course, but we believe that a focus on the improvement of teaching - the methods that teachers use in the classroom - will yield greater returns... A focus on teaching must avoid the temptation to consider only the superficial aspects of teaching: the organization, tools, curriculum content, and textbooks. The cultural activity of teaching - the ways in which the teacher and students interact about the subject - can be more powerful than the curriculum materials that teachers use."