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MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education


Middle school mathematics teachers are faced with the challenge of laying the foundation for algebra, geometry and statistics while extending student understanding of number sense and operations. Based upon feedback from the textbook analysis completed for the Third International Study of Science and Mathematics, three-year middle school math programs were developed to engage students in a standards-based, problem solving curricula (Huetinck & Mushnin, 2000). One of these standards-based programs is the Com1ected Mathematics Project (CMP) which has been adopted by Greece Central School District. In order to utilize this program to its maximum potential, a method of professional development known as Japanese lesson study was used by my colleague and me to develop and improve our students' understanding of algebraic ideas at the 7th grade level.