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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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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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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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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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Trocki, Aaron – Mathematics Teacher, 2014
The advent of dynamic geometry software has changed the way students draw, construct, and measure by using virtual tools instead of or along with physical tools. Use of technology in general and of dynamic geometry in particular has gained traction in mathematics education, as evidenced in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, High School Students, Geometry, Technology Uses in Education
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Zullo, Holly S. – Mathematics Teacher, 2011
Card tricks based on mathematical principles can be a great way to get students interested in exploring some important mathematical ideas. In this article, the author discusses a simple spreadsheet implementation that shows students why the card trick works and allows them to explore several variations. As an added bonus, students are introduced…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction
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Turton, Roger W. – Mathematics Teacher, 2007
This article describes several methods from discrete mathematics used to simulate and solve an interesting problem occurring at a holiday gift exchange. What is the probability that two people will select each other's names in a random drawing, and how does this result vary with the total number of participants? (Contains 5 figures.)
Descriptors: Probability, Algebra, Problem Solving, Monte Carlo Methods