### Remember the Goals

Seven (?) Habits of Highly Effective Math Teaching: Habit 2: Remember the Goals What are the goals of your math teaching? Are they * to finish the book by the end of school year * make sure the kids pass the test or do you have goals such as * My student can add, simplify, and multiply fractions * My student can divide by 10, 100, and 1000. These are all just "subgoals". But what is the ultimate goal of learning school mathematics? Don't we want our students to be able to navigate their lives in this ever-so-complex modern world? This involves dealing with taxes, loans, credit cards, purchases, budgeting, shopping. Our youngsters need to be able to handle money wisely. All that requires good understanding of parts, proportions, and percents. Another very important goal of mathematics education as a whole is to enable the students to understand information aroud us. In today's world, this includes quite a bit of scientific information. Being able to read through it