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Richardson, Janessa; Bachman, Rachel M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

This article describes a preservice teacher's imaginative exploration of completing the square through a process of reasoning and sense making. She recounts historical perspectives and her own discoveries in the process of completing the square. Through this process of sense making, she engaged with the content standard of completing the square to…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Logic

Case, Catherine; Whitaker, Douglas – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

In the criminal justice system, defendants accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Statistical inference in any context is built on an analogous principle: The null hypothesis--often a hypothesis of "no difference" or "no effect"--is presumed true unless there is sufficient evidence against it. In this…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Statistical Inference

Quinn, Anne; Larson, Karen – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

Consistent with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010), the authors write that they have asked students to do statistics projects with real data. To obtain real data, their students use the free Web-based app, Census at School, created by the American Statistical Association (ASA) to help promote civic awareness among school…

Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Technology Uses in Education, Mathematics Instruction, Statistics

Murawska, Jaclyn M.; Nabb, Keith A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Sometimes the best mathematics problems come from the most unexpected situations. Last summer, a Corvette raced down a local quarter-mile drag strip. The driver, a family member, provided the spectators with time and distance-traveled data from his time slip and asked "Can you calculate how many seconds it took me to go from 0 to 60…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Word Problems (Mathematics), High Schools

Hardy, Michael D. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Unit conversion need not be boring. If students see that the skill is necessary, both their motivation to learn and their appreciation of the process can be enhanced. As a result, students become actively engaged and construct understanding and computational skills that they will retain over time. The activity described here makes use of scale…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Motor Vehicles, Mathematics Skills, Teaching Methods

Roscoe, Matt B. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

In 1996, a new proof of the Pythagorean theorem appeared in the "College Mathematics Journal" (Burk 1996). The occurrence is, perhaps, not especially notable given the fact that proofs of the Pythagorean theorem are numerous in the study of mathematics. Elisha S. Loomis in his treatise on the subject, "The Pythagorean…

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Mathematics Instruction

Berger, Lisa – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Must two triangles with equal areas and equal perimeters also be congruent? This question was introduced in "Mathematics Teacher" ("MT")by Rosenberg, Spillane, and Wulf in their article "Heron Triangles and Moduli Spaces" (2008), which also described the authors' subsequent investigation of a particular moduli…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Geometric Concepts, High Schools

Jones, Steven R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Calculus instruction is an important topic for high school and college teachers alike. A prime target for attention is integration, which, unfortunately, students too often treat as a rote procedure. Understanding the integral better will support students' application of their mathematical knowledge to science, technology, and engineering…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods

Raje, Sonali; Krach, Michael; Kaplan, Gail – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Concepts in mathematics are often universally applicable to other fields. A critical aspect for success in high school or college is the ability to transfer content knowledge from one discipline to another. This is especially true for material learned in the sciences and mathematics. Several studies have suggested that strong mathematical skills…

Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Problem Solving

Gordon, Sheldon P. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Much of what is taught, especially in college, is designed to support other disciplines. To determine the current mathematical needs of twenty-three partner disciplines, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) conducted the Curriculum Foundations Project (Ganter and Barker 2004; Ganter and Haver 2011), as discussed in the appendix…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Calculus