Association of Teachers of Mathematics Honours Dr. Caleb Gattegno at Annual Conference

DERBY, UK, April 14 /CNW/ - The works of leading educator and visionary Dr. Caleb Gattegno will be front and centre at the 50th Annual Conference of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), April 18-21, 2011 in Telford, U.K., it was announced today.

Dr. Gattegno, who would have turned 100 this year, co-founded the ATM in 1952. In recognition of his contributions to the ATM, and to mathematics and education in general, a third of the conference's workshops as well as a special plenary session will be devoted to him and his vast array of works in education.

Dr. Gattegno believed that every student could be good at math, and he proved it by developing the uses of Cuisenaire Rods in his Visible & Tangible Math system. Within five years of making his system commercially available, it was adopted by teachers in 10,000 schools in more than 100 countries, making it one of the fastest growing and most widely used educational innovations in history.

"Just as importantly, Dr. Gattegno worked extensively on the learning of reading and foreign languages with 'Infused Reading' for the Apple computer, 'The Silent Way' for learning a foreign language, and 'Words in Color' for reading and writing. He also challenged many in the educational world to consider what is involved in learning, and how our actions as teachers should be subordinated to the way in which children learn," said conference organizer Karen Winte.

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The Association of Teachers of Mathematics was established in 1952 to encourage the development of mathematics education such that it is more closely related to the needs of the learner. The ATM is governed by its General Council. There are about 4,000 members - mainly teachers in primary and secondary schools. It is a registered charity and all profits from subscriptions and trading are re-invested into mathematics education.

The ATM provides opportunities to bring together all concerned with mathematics education for all age ranges. It supports local branches, informal support networks, courses and conferences. The Association of Teachers of Mathematics produces policy statements and publishes response to National and Government initiatives. Past statements and responses are archived here.

The ATM has a number of 'Working Groups' whose function is to examine particular areas of the mathematics education field to develop policy, resources and action. The high point of the year is the annual Easter conference which is a celebration of mathematics teaching by hundreds of people who still get great enjoyment from their chosen career.

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