• Observe and analyze a range of approaches to mathematics teaching and learning, focusing on the tasks, discourse, environment, and assessment;

  • Work with a diverse range of students individually, in small groups, and in large class settings with guidance from and in collaboration with mathematics education professionals;

  • Analyze and evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of their teaching;

  • Develop dispositions toward teaching mathematics.

Standard 6. The Teacher’s Role in Professional Development

Teachers of mathematics should take an active role in their own professional development by accepting responsibility for—

  • Experimenting thoughtfully with alternative approaches and strategies in the classroom;

  • Reflecting on learning and teaching individually and with colleagues;

  • Participating in workshop, courses, and other educational opportunities specific to mathematics;

  • Participating actively in the professional community of mathematics educators;

  • Reading and discussing ideas presented in professional publications;

  • Discussing with colleagues issues in mathematics and mathematics teaching and learning;

  • Participating in proposing, designing, and evaluating programs for professional development specific to mathematics;

  • Participating in school, community, and political efforts to effect positive change in mathematics education.

Schools and school districts must support and encourage teachers in accepting these responsibilities.

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