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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

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

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

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

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

Nebesniak, Amy L.; Burgoa, A. Aaron – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

As teachers working with students in entry-level algebra classes, authors Amy Nebesniak and A. Aaron Burgoa realized that their instruction was a major factor in how their students viewed mathematics. They often presented students with abstract formulas that seemed to appear out of thin air. One instance occurred while they were teaching students…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematical Formulas

Peters, Jehu; Metz, Don – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Children of the Earth High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a school dedicated to incorporating Aboriginal perspectives into all areas of the Manitoba curriculum and is attended by an almost exclusive Aboriginal population. Many of these students come from a First Nations community and are related to others who come from such communities, the…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Canada Natives, Interpersonal Relationship

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

Moore, Kevin c.; LaForest, Kevin R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

How do students think about an angle measure of ninety degrees? How do they think about ratios and values on the unit circle? How might angle measure be used to connect right-triangle trigonometry and circular functions? And why might asking these questions be important when introducing trigonometric functions to students? When teaching…

Descriptors: Trigonometry, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Logic

Sliman, Emily – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

If a teacher asked their students what thinking looks like, what would they say? Would they just look at the teacher quizzically? The question is challenging because thinking is largely an invisible endeavor, and developing thoughtful students can be a daunting task. However, the job of mathematics teachers is to develop students who think about…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Cognitive Processes

Smith, Christopher E. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

While teaching a methods class for preservice secondary school mathematics teachers, Christopher E. Smith found that although all students could draw a reasonably close approximation of a circle, not all could provide an entirely accurate definition of a circle. A discussion with students led him to think about ways of reintroducing students to…

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

Allen, Kasi C. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Today, beginning algebra in the high school setting is associated more with remediation than pride. Students enroll by mandate and attend under duress. Class rosters in this "graveyard" course, as it is often referred to, include sophomores and juniors who are attempting the course for the second or third time. Even the ninth graders…

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

Murray, Maura – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Sage is an open-source software package that can be used in many different areas of mathematics, ranging from algebra to calculus and beyond. One of the most exciting pedagogical features of Sage (http://www.sagemath.org) is its ability to create interacts--interactive examples that can be used in a classroom demonstration or by students in a…

Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Computer Software, Mathematics Instruction, Computer Uses in Education

Trinter, Christine P.; Garofalo, Joe – Mathematics Teacher, 2011

Nonroutine function tasks are more challenging than most typical high school mathematics tasks. Nonroutine tasks encourage students to expand their thinking about functions and their approaches to problem solving. As a result, they gain greater appreciation for the power of multiple representations and a richer understanding of functions. This…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics, Problem Sets, Mathematical Applications

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

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