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Mathematical Proficiency

When many adults are asked whether they like mathematics, the answer is often "no". 

 
Whether negative perceptions of mathematics are generated from the media or our own experiences with mathematics in school, positively shifting the mindset of our students requires the attention of all parental guardians and educators.
 
In order for all of us to help promote positive perceptions of mathematics, we must have a shared vision of what it means to do mathematics as we work towards higher levels of mathematical proficiency.

 

What Does It Mean To Be Mathematically Proficient?

While conceptual and procedural understanding of any concepts are essential, these are not sufficient. Being mathematically proficient encompasses all five elements of Mathematical literacy. While we may place more emphasis on one element over another, it is the relationship and links between them that underpin mathematical proficiency. Each of the elements of mathematical literacy are interwoven to reach the goal of being mathematically literate. 

According to "Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematicsby The National Research Council, in order to be successful learning mathematics, one must develop "mathematical proficiencywhich consists of 5 components or strands:

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Chapter 4 of Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics is an excellent way to learn more about each of the 5 strands of mathematical proficiency.