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Edwards, Thomas G.; Chelst, Kenneth R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

While tutoring his granddaughter in second-year algebra recently, the second author lamented that every textbook he could find expresses the quadratic formula as probably the most common form of the formula. What troubled him is that this form hides the meaning of the various components of the equation. Indeed, the meaning was obscured by the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Formulas, Algebra, Teaching Methods

Cloft, Kristal – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Many ways exist to engage students without detracting from the mathematics. Certainly some are high-tech options, such as video games, online trivia sites, and PowerPoint® presentations that follow the same model as Jeopardy; but sometimes low-tech options can be just as powerful. One exciting way to connect with students is by incorporating…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Mathematics Activities, Educational Games

Ichinose, Cherie Lynn; Martinez-Cruz, Armando M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) propose a new vision for the mathematics classroom with updated content standards and Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). These practices are founded on NCTM processes (Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communication, Representation, and Connections) and abilities…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Common Core State Standards

Nirode, Wayne – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Twenty years ago when the author was student teaching, he quickly learned what geometry teachers and researchers (e.g., Senk 1985) have long known: High school geometry students struggle with proof. Throughout his career, he has tried to create instructional materials to make proof more accessible to his students. From field-testing materials with…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, High Schools, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction

Ghosh, Jonaki B. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

The Tower of Hanoi is an old, popular, and engaging puzzle. It is an exceptional puzzle too considering how effective it can be in engendering multiple valuable outcomes when used as a tool for learning. One of the fundamental goals of mathematics teacher preparation is to enable the prospective teacher to develop mathematical habits of mind and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Puzzles, Preservice Teachers

Dickman, Benjamin – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

What do nonroutine algebra problems look like for a second-year algebra course, and where can such problems be found? Starting from the belief that even challenging, nonroutine problems should be solvable with the resources that students possess, Benjamin Dickman proceeded to formulate a small collection of tasks to push students into integrating…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Problem Solving, Mathematical Logic

Riling, Meghan; Dietiker, Leslie – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Although traditional textbooks may not guide students through explorations or encourage group work, as many standards-based curricula do, virtually all textbooks contain mathematically accurate information and problems that, with adjustment, can be leveraged to support mathematical curiosity, reasoning, and discussion. Teachers who recognize rich…

Descriptors: Textbooks, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics

Graham, Melissa; Lesseig, Kristin – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Mathematical argumentation is an essential part of the discipline of mathematics and a key indicator of mathematical proficiency. In the process of constructing arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others, students build their understanding of underlying mathematical ideas and engage in critical sense-making activity (Yackel and Hanna 2003).…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Mathematics Teachers, Faculty Development

Rebholz, Joachim A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Graphing functions is an important topic in algebra and precalculus high school courses. The functions that are usually discussed include polynomials, rational, exponential, and trigonometric functions along with their inverses. These functions can be used to teach different aspects of function theory: domain, range, monotonicity, inverse…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Graphs

Nirode, Wayne – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Since the 1970s, the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) journals "Mathematics Magazine" and "College Mathematics Journal" have published "Proofs without Words" (PWWs) (Nelsen 1993). "PWWs are pictures or diagrams that help the reader see why a particular mathematical statement may be true and how one…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Secondary School Mathematics

Czocher, Jennifer A.; Moss, Diana L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Why are math modeling problems the source of such frustration for students and teachers? The conceptual understanding that students have when engaging with a math modeling problem varies greatly. They need opportunities to make their own assumptions and design the mathematics to fit these assumptions (CCSSI 2010). Making these assumptions is part…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, High School Students

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

Freeburn, Ben; Arbaugh, Fran – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

"Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" (NCTM 2014, p. 10) contains eight research-informed teaching practices that have been shown to support students' mathematical thinking and learning. Two teaching practices highlighted herein are "to elicit and use evidence of students' thinking" and "support…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Logic, Thinking Skills

Goldenberg, E. Paul; Carter, Cynthia J. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

A first-year algebra student's curiosity about factorials of negative numbers became a starting point for an extended discovery lesson into territory not usually explored in secondary school mathematics. In this article, the authors, math teachers in Massachusetts, examine how to solve for factorials of negative numbers and discuss how they taught…

Descriptors: Algebra, Secondary School Mathematics, Numbers, Mathematics Teachers

Stephens, Greg – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

Most word processors, including Google Docs™ and Microsoft® Word, include an equation editor. These are great tools for the occasional homework problem or project assignment. Getting the mathematics to display correctly means making decisions about exactly which elements of an expression go where. The feedback is immediate: Students can see…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology

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