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ERIC Number: EJ1051697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Going with the Flow: Challenging Students to Make Assumptions
Felton, Mathew D.; Anhalt, Cynthia O.; Cortez, Ricardo
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v20 n6 p342-349 Feb 2015
Many current and future teachers have little experience with modeling and how to integrate it into their teaching. However, with the introduction of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and its emphasis on mathematical modeling in all grades (CCSSI 2010), this integration has become paramount. Therefore, middle-grades teachers must work to lay the groundwork for modeling, which must then continue into high school. In this article, the authors describe a unit designed to introduce modeling to prospective teachers (referred to in this article as "students") and consider how this unit can illuminate classroom practice. They focus on one problem, the Water Conservation task, which is also well suited for use with middle school students. Because the reasoning and judgement demanded by the modeling process applies at all grade levels, the authors believe this type of experience can further the process of mathematical modeling in the middle school classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A