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Learning involves a complex and interactive engagement with ideas, facts and strategies within a given discipline. My own discipline of mathematics education engages me with learning from many perspectives, and it challenges me to address a wide range of development, from students at the Pre-Kindergarten level up to graduate students and undergraduate students intent on becoming teachers themselves. Regardless of the learning situation, I look at the teaching and learning processes through a consistent framework that highlights the engagement of a learner with their situation and environment. Learning trajectories are conceptual tools I use to frame learning as an increasingly sophisticated process that involves passages from one level of thinking to another, identifying a level, accounting for reasoning with mental objects, and specifying tasks to prompt growth. Teaching requires a vigilant engagement with learners from the standpoint of such trajectories as instructional maps and toolsets.