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Petosa, Rita L. – Mathematics Teacher, 1985
In one school, algorithmic development has been infused in the mathematics curriculum. An example of what occurs in mathematics classes since the teachers began using the computer is given, with two students' conjectures included as well as the algebraic justification. (MNS)
Descriptors: Algorithms, Cognitive Processes, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education
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Greenwood, Jay – Mathematics Teacher, 1984
Math anxiety affects both sexes, and is not the cause of imbalance in mathematical professions. Attempts to broaden perceptions of mathematics deal only with the symptoms of math anxiety. The principal cause is the methodology used to teach mathematics. Problem-solving processes must be employed. (MNS)
Descriptors: Editorials, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Education
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Shi, Yixun – Mathematics Teacher, 1999
Presents a mathematical analysis of the game "twenty-four points" that aims to apply arithmetic operations on the four numbers to reach a specific number. This game can improve children's ability to do mental arithmetic. (ASK)
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Activities
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Jackson, Carol D.; Leffingwell, R. Jon – Mathematics Teacher, 1999
Investigates the types of instructor behavior that created or exacerbated mathematics anxiety in students. Determines the grade level at which mathematics anxiety first occurred in these students. Concludes that several factors can cause mathematics anxiety, instructor behavior being one of them. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Instruction
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Artzt, Alice F. – Mathematics Teacher, 1999
In order for teachers to use cooperative-learning strategies effectively, they must become sensitized to the many complexities of the technique. Explains how a mathematics teacher-education class can engage pre-service and in-service teachers in a cooperative-learning activity that can be used both as a model and as a subject for reflection and…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education
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Thompson, Denisse R.; Davis, Suzanne – Mathematics Teacher, 1998
Describes the efforts in one large county to provide professional development and encourage dialog among elementary, middle, and high school mathematics teachers about issues related to algebraic thinking. Presents information on the algebra network, sample activities, and participant reactions. (ASK)
Descriptors: Algebra, County School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education
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Robinson, Donita – Mathematics Teacher, 1998
Presents a portfolio assignment giving students an opportunity for creativity in designing their portfolios to demonstrate their progress in the course. Presents examples from student portfolios and outlines portfolio goals. Concludes with student reactions to the class portfolio, information on the grading procedure, and candidate courses for…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education
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Taylor, Catherine S.; Bidlingmaier, Barbara – Mathematics Teacher, 1998
Examines three scoring methods: (1) item-by-item scoring; (2) holistic scoring; and (3) focused holistic or trait scoring. Emphasizes the advantages and disadvantages of each with particular attention given to the power of trait scoring in supporting teacher development and student learning. Contains 16 references. (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Mathematics Education
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Krussel, Libby – Mathematics Teacher, 1998
Discusses the effects of mathematical language on the teaching and learning of mathematics. Concludes that educators need to expend far greater effort to bring all students to a fuller understanding of, and appreciation for, the language of mathematics. Contains 18 references. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematical Linguistics, Mathematical Vocabulary, Mathematics Education
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Kreminski, Richard – Mathematics Teacher, 1998
Presents an activity on fractions and explains how students obtain different fractions having different patterns when they are represented by their decimal expansions. (ASK)
Descriptors: Decimal Fractions, Elementary Secondary Education, Fractions, Mathematics Activities
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Masingila, Joanna O. – Mathematics Teacher, 1998
Discusses how important it is for teachers to think deeply about what it is to know mathematics and their own understanding of fundamental mathematical ideas. (ASK)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematics, Mathematics Education
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Doerr, Helen M.; Hecht, Caroline G. – Mathematics Teacher, 1995
Discusses the World Wide Web, resources of interest to mathematics teachers, and starting points on the Web. (MKR)
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction
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Friedman, Mordechai Lawrence; Judson, Carolyn – Mathematics Teacher, 1991
Described are two methods of classroom management that attempt to optimize the first few moments of the class period. One method focuses on using the prior day's homework, and the other uses new problems presented to the students to work on as they enter the classroom. (MDH)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Homework
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Gadanidis, George – Mathematics Teacher, 1994
Presents a historical overview of learning theories in mathematics education applied to the teaching of integers. Theories discussed are meaning vs. rote learning; direct vs. incidental; discovery vs. exposition; concrete vs. abstract; and construction vs. transmission. Includes a reproducible activity sheet and 19 references. (MKR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Callahan, Walter – Mathematics Teacher, 1994
Shares information on selected characteristics of Hispanic and Haitian students that may affect their mathematical learning; gives examples of classroom strategies that may be helpful in working with these students; and offers ways to help preservice teachers to develop cultural awareness. (MKR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Haitians, Higher Education
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