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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

Johnson, Heather Lynn; Hornbein, Peter; Azeem, Sumbal – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

The authors provide a dynamic Ferris wheel computer activity that teachers can use as an instructional tool to help students investigate functions. They use a student's work to illustrate how students can use relationships between quantities to further their thinking about functions.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education

Gurl, Theresa J.; Fox, Ryan; Dabovic, Nikolina; Leavitt, Arielle Eager – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

The implementation of the Common Core's Standards for Mathematical Practice can pose a challenge to all teachers of mathematics but especially to preservice teachers. These standards require teaching in a way that often differs from what preservice teachers have experienced as learners. Standard 1--"Make sense of problems and persevere in…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Experience

Kurz, Terri L.; Garcia, Jorge – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Since the 1950s, the understanding of how the base 10 system works has been encouraged through alternative base systems (Price 1995; Woodward 2004). If high school students are given opportunities to learn other base systems and analyze what they denote, we believe that they will better understand the structure of base 10 and its operations…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods, Grade 8

Manizade, Agida G.; Mason, Marguerite M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

A mathematics classroom that reflects the vision of NCTM's "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" will have the teacher posing problems, asking questions that build on students' thinking, and encouraging students to explore different solutions. In teaching about area, it is not sufficient to give students the…

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, State Standards, Academic Standards, Problem Solving

Estes, Linda A.; McDuffie, Amy Roth; Tate, Cathie – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Planning a lesson can be similar to planning a road trip--a metaphor the authors use to describe how they applied research and theory to their lesson planning process. A map and mode of transportation, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and textbooks as resources, can lead to desired destinations, such as students engaging in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Lesson Plans, Algebra, Grade 9

Fonger, Nicole L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

How can the key concept of equivalent expressions be addressed so that students strengthen their representational fluency with symbols, graphs, and numbers? How can research inform the synergistic use of both paper-and-pencil analysis and computer algebra systems (CAS) in a classroom learning environment? These and other related questions have…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Computer Uses in Education, Algebra

Strayer, Jeremy F. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Statistical studies are referenced in the news every day, so frequently that people are sometimes skeptical of reported results. Often, no matter how large a sample size researchers use in their studies, people believe that the sample size is too small to make broad generalizations. The tasks presented in this article use simulations of repeated…

Descriptors: Sampling, Sample Size, Research Methodology, Statistical Analysis

Ellis, Mark W.; Bryson, Janet L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2011

The absolute value learning objective in high school mathematics requires students to solve far more complex absolute value equations and inequalities. When absolute value problems become more complex, students often do not have sufficient conceptual understanding to make any sense of what is happening mathematically. The authors suggest that the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Teaching Methods, Secondary School Mathematics

Johnson, Craig M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2009

The central ideas of postcalculus mathematics courses offered in college are difficult to introduce in middle and secondary schools, especially through the engineering and sciences examples traditionally used in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry textbooks. However, certain concepts in music theory can be used to expose students to interesting…

Descriptors: Music, Music Theory, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts

Gay, A. Susan – Mathematics Teacher, 2008

A focus on mathematics vocabulary must be part of teachers' instructional plans to develop students' understanding of key ideas. The author presents examples from work with preservice teachers regarding two vocabulary strategies and other related activities that can be used by middle and high school mathematics teachers. (Contains 8 figures.)

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Role Models, Vocabulary Development

Canada, Daniel L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2008

To create an environment in which all students have opportunities to notice, describe, and wonder about variability, this article takes a context familiar to many teacher--sampling colored chips from a jar--and shows how this context was used to explicitly focus on variation in the classroom. The sampling activity includes physical as well as…

Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Sampling, Mathematics Instruction, Manipulative Materials