Rigor and Relevance Framework Evaluation 6 Synthesis 5 Analysis 4 Application 3 Comprehension 2 Awareness 1 KNOWLEDGE APPLICATION C Assimilation D Adaptation A Acquisition B Application 1 2 3 4 5 Knowledge in one discipline Apply knowledge in one discipline Apply knowledge across disciplines Apply knowledge to real-world predictable situations Apply knowledge to real-world unpredictable situations
First and foremost, teaching mathematics for understanding is the basis of the world-class core curriculum in mathematics that all Iowa students deserve. We must shift from a teaching paradigm of “memorize and practice” to one of “understand and apply.”
Students need powerful skills to be successful in the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century. Business and industry demand workers who can solve problems, work in teams, and are able to apply learning to new and changing situations, especially as workers change jobs and careers many times in their lifetimes. Therefore, students must acquire powerful, flexible, and widely-applicable mathematical skills.