The Most Important Mathematical Habit of Mind

Cathy Seeley

• General Interest / All Audiences Session

Thursday, October 27, 2016: 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
West 301 A (Phoenix Convention Center)

How students think is as important as what they know. And fostering mathematical thinking can transform students’ experience of mathematics from accumulating knowledge to expanding their senses. Let’s think about the processes, practices, and ways of seeing the world that can enrich students’ lives, and the most important habit of mind of all.

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Cathy Seeley

Cathy Seeley

Cathy Seeley has been a mathematics teacher, K-12 district mathematics coordinator and K-12 Texas State Director of Mathematics. From 1999 to 2001 she taught mathematics (in French) as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. Dr. Seeley served as President of NCTM from 2004-2006 and her books include Making Sense of Math and Building a Math-Positive Culture (ASCD/NCTM/NCSM, 2016), Faster Isn’t Smarter—Messages About Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century (Math Solutions, 2009/2015) and Smarter Than We Think—More Messages About Math, Teaching, and Learning in the 21st Century (Math Solutions, 2014). She worked for 20 years as a Senior Fellow at the Charles A. Dana Center and continues to write, speak and consult.

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