An in-depth look at the features and uses of New Perspectives Online: a Personalized Professional Support System™

Practical on-demand support and self-directed professional learning

New Perspectives Online empowers educators to prepare for tomorrow, as well as those wanting to deepen their understanding of math and math pedagogy, by putting them in charge of their professional learning pathway. Conveniently organized to follow the units of the Contexts for Learning curriculum, New Perspectives Online lets educators choose their focus depending on their own needs and interests; they may focus on analysis of actual students’ work, view authentic examples of teachers conferring with students at work and facilitating math congresses, and learn from the authors as they share their perspectives and insight on effective pedagogy. New Perspectives Online also offers opportunities for self-reflection, peer feedback, and working in cohorts and virtual communities of practice.

Generates insight with authentic classroom examples

Through funding from the National Science Foundation, each New Perspectives Online assignment includes video from exemplary classrooms in which students are using the Contexts for Learning Mathematics units under the guidance of its authors.

Takes the Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practice seriously

New Perspectives Online helps educators learn how to enrich their instruction to foster students’ deep understanding of big ideas and the progressive development of mathematical strategies and use of models as tools for thinking. And because educators are directing their own professional learning, the system helps them build confidence and ease anxiety around embracing pedagogical best practices related to the Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practice.

More effective implementation of Contexts for Learning Mathematics

New Perspectives Online provides the just-in-time support to educators, enabling them to strengthen their pedagogy and learn how to carefully craft math situations that foster a deep conceptual understanding of essential mathematical ideas, strategies and models in their students. 

Number Talks and Number Strings

Cathy Fosnot discusses the difference between Number Talks and Number Strings