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AIMS is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting teachers to facilitate the development of a robust mathematical and/or scientific knowledge within their students.

Most Recent Blog Post

Math Discourse in Your Classroom

Having discussions with students is how most teaching is done. Classroom discourse in a mathematics classroom, for example, means having whole-class discussions around mathematics in such a way that students get to express their conceptual math understanding through reasoning, debate, and an exchange of ideas. Leading and engaging students in this form of instructional arrangement is a great way to help them informally assess their mathematical thinking. Knowing how to reason, think spatially, think critically, ...
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Most Recent ZPC Podcast

Episode 77 | Mathematics Teaching, With an Emphasis in the Unexpected

This week Chris is joined in the studio with a former student Mario Ordaz. Mario is not shy about describing himself as, “The big, brown, scary-looking, bald man, you might be nervous to meet.” Chris and Mario met originally when Mario started his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Fresno Pacific University, back around the turn of the century. Mario, a legitimate Division I football playing recruit had chosen to stay closer to home, study an academic subject he had excelled at in High School and go on and enter a stable and very productive career. Today he teaches at a local Middle School, where his defensive front-lineman physique garners instant respect, but his love of learning, mathematics, and people wins the day.