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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
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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
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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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Özgün-Koca, S. Asli – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
The Common Core State Standards (CCSSI 2010) and NCTM's (2014) "Principles to Actions" agree that "for meaningful learning of mathematics, tools and technology must be indispensable features of the classroom . . . that support students in exploring mathematics as well as in making sense of concepts and procedures and engaging in…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Mathematical Concepts
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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
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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
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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
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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
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