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Rubel, Laurie H.; Chu, Haiwen; Shookhoff, Lauren – Mathematics Teacher, 2011

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), through its Connections Standard, highlights the importance of "the opportunity for students to experience mathematics in a context." Seeing how mathematics can be used to describe real-world phenomena can motivate students to learn more mathematics. Connecting mathematics to the real world…

Descriptors: Investigations, Maps, Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development

Lee, Hollylynne S.; Starling, Tina T.; Gonzalez, Marggie D. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Research shows that students often struggle with understanding empirical sampling distributions. Using hands-on and technology models and simulations of problems generated by real data help students begin to make connections between repeated sampling, sample size, distribution, variation, and center. A task to assist teachers in implementing…

Descriptors: Sampling, Sample Size, Statistical Distributions, Simulation

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Williams, Nancy B.; Wynne, Brian D. – Mathematics Teacher, 2000

Describes a project that utilizes journal writing in the mathematics classroom. Journals are a valuable form of assessment for students and teachers and furnish concrete feedback on a student's understanding of a mathematical concept. (ASK)

Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Journal Writing, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction

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Miller, Catherine M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2000

Describes a student project that enables students to experience problem-solving strategies and construct their own understandings of the problem-solving strategies by researching the problem-solving process itself, uncovering and defining strategies that they can subsequently use to solve problems, and exploring the impact that attitude has on…

Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving

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Mathematics Teacher, 1984

Presented are instructions for activities in which a calculator is used to investigate algebraic concepts. Also presented are short computer programs involving topics taught in prealgebra and an activity in which a trapezoid is transformed into a circle. (JN)

Descriptors: Algebra, Calculators, Computer Software, Geometry

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Elgarten, Gerald H. – Mathematics Teacher, 1984

Discusses a structured approach to teaching computer programing in secondary schools. The approach can be used in an introductory computer programing (literacy) course or as a method to teach computer programing in traditional mathematics courses. Two sample lesson summaries (related to temperature conversions) are included. (JN)

Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Enrichment Activities, Mathematical Enrichment, Mathematics Curriculum

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Cangelosi, James S. – Mathematics Teacher, 1984

Examines student engagement during a large-group questioning strategy in which 5 out of 29 students were active participants. Offers three suggestions to increase the number of students who become engaged in developing their own answers to the questions. (JN)

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Questioning Techniques, Secondary Education

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Quinn, Anne Larson; Koca, Robert M., Jr.; Weening, Frederick – Mathematics Teacher, 1999

Describes students' investigative work that resulted from playing the game Set in an attempt to show how such games can be used to develop mathematical reasoning. (ASK)

Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Educational Games, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction

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Lesser, Lawrence M. – Mathematics Teacher, 1999

Focuses mainly on a common example in technology-rich mathematics curricula, namely the line of best fit, followed by a discussion of two additional examples, interpolating polynomials and complete graphs. (ASK)

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Graphing Calculators, Graphs, Mathematics Activities

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Szetela, Walter – Mathematics Teacher, 1999

Provides some examples of mathematics problems that have solutions involving triangular numbers. Illustrates the observation of number patterns from which conjectures and generalizations can be made. Suggests other extensions for further investigation. (ASK)

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Number Concepts, Patterns in Mathematics

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Cuoco, Albert A., Ed; And Others – Mathematics Teacher, 1995

Describes four projects that support the transition from an abstract to a concrete notion of the effective use of technology in the secondary school classroom: The Interactive Mathematics Program, Systemic Initiative for Montana Mathematics and Science, University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, and Connected Geometry. (MKR)

Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Demonstration Programs, Educational Technology, Mathematics Education

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Talsma, Gary; Hersberger, Jim – Mathematics Teacher, 1990

Described is a two-week summer residential program designed for students who have been identified through one of several middle school talent searches. Discussed are the assumptions and goals, course content and pedagogy, evaluation, and materials of the program. (CW)

Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Advanced Students, Geometry, Learning Strategies

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Scheaffer, Richard L. – Mathematics Teacher, 1990

Outlines differences between classical statistics and exploratory data analysis. Provides examples in the use of the exploratory techniques. (YP)

Descriptors: Data Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Graphs, Mathematical Models

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Davis, Gretchen – Mathematics Teacher, 1990

Describes classroom activities and shows that statistics is a practical tool for solving real problems. Presents a histogram, a stem plot, and a box plot to compare data involving class enrollments. (YP)

Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Interpretation, Graphs, Mathematics

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Mullenex, James L. – Mathematics Teacher, 1990

Describes a five-number summary which is a display of the minimum value, lower quartile, median, upper quartile, and maximum value. Indicates how to draw box plots as graphical representations of a five-number summary. (YP)

Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Interpretation, Graphs, Mathematics Materials