"If you don't learn how to think and problem solve, then what?!"

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# Curriculum and Pedagogy used by fairmath™

Today's dominant instructional paradigms emphasize rote memorization of mathematical facts and standardized testing, which measure remembering facts opposed to understanding concepts. This is the impetus of our mathematics education failure. Although students may memorize mathematical facts, they often do not learn the underlying concepts nor understand their algorithms. Calculation skills are important, but if students do not know the mathematical ideas underlying such skills, they will never find an answer they do not already know. The end result is that even after years of instruction, many students are not meeting the high school exit requirements or need many attempts. Algebra in particular has become a concern for the nation's educators and society. The greater societal effect is that the interest in mathematics is waning in many communities.

### Is the Curriculum only for students with computers?

F.E.R.M.A.T. develops open access materials that can run on open source software. But while computers can be a very powerful pedagogical tool, many schools do not have a computer for every child yet. Therefore our curriculum is usable without computers as well. The curriculum is suppported by, computers, calculators, instruments of measure, manipulatives, paper, scissors, color, natural objects, cultural objects, and each individual's prior knowledge. A combination of the above should be used so that many modalities of learning may be used to support the curriculum.

### Who is the curriculum intended for?

The intent and nature of the open educational resources from fairmath™ is that the materials are not stand alone text books. The educational materials are developed for instructors that have an understanding of the mathematical concepts underlying the problems and the future needs of the students. The pedagogical methods involve active students and active instructors. Thus these resource materials are most efficient with lower student to instructor ratios. The texts are divided into parts. The parts are, the reading and writing of mathematics, concepts through problem solving, notes, mathematical skills practice, and re- enforcement.

### Do Instructors get support?

fairmath™ develops intructor curriculum that supports the intructor. Please conact F.E.R.MA.T. for more information. Fairmath™ also provides a community where instructors may interact, share, calloborate, and grow. Instructors are an important part of curriculum development and the learning process. Visit the fairmath™ community.

### Who can be involved with the curriculum?

We invite all mathematics education stakeholders to join the fairmath™ community. F.E.R.M.A.T. challenges itself to continuously improve fairmath™ educational resources and F.E.R.M.A.T. as a foundation.