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ERIC Number: EJ926565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Lesson Study on the Farm
Klein, Robert M.; Hendrickson, Katie A.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v16 n9 p536-543 May 2011
Roughly one-fifth of America's public school students attend rural schools. Low mathematics achievement scores in these communities suggest that math instruction needs to focus on the skills and content necessary for twenty-first-century jobs in contexts that are meaningful to these populations. This article describes how one rural school worked to better address the learning needs of its students by developing, revising, and implementing a series of problem-based activities in a context that connected to the students' community. The lessons involved storing and selling hay. A team of mathematics educators--classroom teachers, a vice principal, a curriculum specialist, and two university professors--produced this series, known collectively as Farmer Dan's Barn Project. (Contains 4 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A