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ERIC Number: EJ907056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Water Bottle Designs and Measures
Carmody, Heather Gramberg
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v16 n5 p272-279 Dec 2010
The increase in the diversity of students and the complexity of their needs can be a rich addition to a mathematics classroom. The challenge for teachers is to find a way to include students' interests and creativity in a way that allows for rigorous mathematics. One method of incorporating the diversity is the development of "open-ended mathematical projects" (OMPs), which offer the opportunity for differentiation and high levels of engagement that go beyond solving a set of predetermined problems. The use of OMPs allows teachers to weave together learning and assessment at deep levels. Although such projects use class time, they do not take away from instruction required by standards or curricula. In this article, the author discusses how to build and format open-ended projects and presents ten questions to develop an open-ended mathematical project. (Contains 3 figures and 2 activity sheets.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A