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Russell, Craig – Mathematics Teacher, 2019
Although social studies or language arts classes may offer more natural settings for "global studies," the author's students have engaged in projects demonstrating that mathematical topics can work well at furthering the goal of increasing students' cultural literacy. The author describes one project here, where students working in…
Descriptors: Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Tourism, Mathematics Instruction
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Stuart, Rick; Chedister, Matt – Mathematics Teacher, 2019
While students were constructing the concept of rates of change, linear relationships, and nonlinear relationships in a first-year algebra class, the wanted to build a task that allowed them to increase their understanding of covariation, that is, how two variables change in relation to each other. Research has shown that students who have built…
Descriptors: Correlation, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts
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Henderson, Christie – Mathematics Teacher, 2019
Embedding mathematics in a relatable context has changed the way Christie Henderson's elementary students view the subject. In this article, Henderson discusses how presenting mathematics through a relatable context enables students to visualize the math and make a pictorial representation to aid them in solving it. When relevant and relatable…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers
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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
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Davis, Anna A.; Joswick, Candace – Mathematics Teacher, 2018
The correct use of visual perspective is one of the main reasons that virtual reality environments and realistic works of art look lifelike. Geometric construction techniques used by artists to achieve an accurate perspective effect were developed during the Renaissance. With the rise of computer graphics, translating the geometric ideas of 600…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods
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Dibbs, Rebecca; Beach, Janessa; Rios, Daniel – Mathematics Teacher, 2018
Rich mathematical modeling activities are crucial to giving students agency and making mathematics meaningful. Proportional reasoning and transitional algebraic reasoning are the primary topics in the prealgebra curriculum, so a need exists for meaningful modeling activities using proportional reasoning in addition to geometric modeling. In…
Descriptors: High School Freshmen, Grade 9, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Activities
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McGraw, Rebecca – Mathematics Teacher, 2017
The task shared in this article provides geometry students with opportunities to recall and use basic geometry vocabulary, extend their knowledge of area relationships, and create area formulas. It is characterized by reasoning and sense making (NCTM 2009) and the "Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others"…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Geometric Concepts, Mathematical Formulas, Mathematics Skills
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Samuels, Jason – Mathematics Teacher, 2017
Calculus has frequently been called one the greatest intellectual achievements of humankind. As a key transitional course to college mathematics, it combines such elementary ideas as rate with new abstract ideas--such as infinity, instantaneous change, and limit--to formulate the derivative and the integral. Most calculus texts begin with the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Graphs, Problem Solving
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Jaqua, Kathy M. C. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017
The activity of snapping photographs to document all parts of daily life and sharing them with friends is the norm for many students. What if we could make mathematics as natural a part of daily life through "mathematical selfies"? The author's goal is to use students' love of selfies to help them see that mathematics is already part of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Photography, Teaching Methods, Handheld Devices
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McDowell, Eric L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
By the time they reach middle school, all students have been taught to add fractions. However, not all have "learned" to add fractions. The common mistake in adding fractions is to report that a/b + c/d is equal to (a + c)/(b + d). It is certainly necessary to correct this mistake when a student makes it. However, this occasion also…
Descriptors: Fractions, Number Systems, Number Concepts, Numbers
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Hurdle, Zach; Warshauer, Max; White, Alex – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
The desire to persuade students to avoid strictly memorizing formulas is a recurring theme throughout discussions of curriculum and problem solving. In combinatorics, a branch of discrete mathematics, problems can be easy to write--identify a few categories, add a few restrictions, specify an outcome--yet extremely challenging to solve. A lesson…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities, Mathematical Formulas, Computation
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Sole, Marla A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
Every day, students collect, organize, and analyze data to make decisions. In this data-driven world, people need to assess how much trust they can place in summary statistics. The results of every survey and the safety of every drug that undergoes a clinical trial depend on the correct application of appropriate statistics. Recognizing the…
Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Instruction, Data Collection, Teaching Methods
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Gedeborg, Samuel – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
One of the major benefits of the face-to-face teaching environment is that social interaction opportunities are a natural part of the course: Learners meet in the same room for the same allotted period of time each week. This social opportunity is not organic to online courses; therefore, to have this social interaction as a part of online classes…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Interaction, Asynchronous Communication, Synchronous Communication
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Hand, Victoria; Kirtley, Karmen; Matassa, Michael – Mathematics Teacher, 2015
Shrinking the achievement gap in mathematics is a tall order. One way to approach this challenge is to think about how the achievement gap manifests itself in the classroom and take concrete action. For example, opportunities to participate in activities that involve mathematical reasoning and argumentation in a safe and supportive manner are…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Achievement, Student Participation
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Koyunkaya, Melike Yigit; Kastberg, Signe; Quinlan, James; Edwards, Michael Todd; Keiser, Jane – Mathematics Teacher, 2015
Right triangles play a significant role in mathematics. In this favorite lesson, the authors help students understand variant and invariant properties by considering relationships among angle measures and side lengths in right triangles. Students explore these relationships using interactive mathematics software, changing one angle and observing…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometric Concepts, Computer Software, Mathematics Activities
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