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Touval, Ayana – Mathematics Teacher, 2009

The kinematics teaching strategy is a teaching method that stimulates kinesthetic intelligence and thus offers students an unconventional approach for exploring mathematical ideas through movement. This article describes how to use the kinesthetic approach to introduce radian measure. The article includes detailed descriptions of easy-to-use…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Measurement Techniques, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities

Cooper, Brett D.; Barger, Rita – Mathematics Teacher, 2009

The many connections between music and mathematics are well known. The length of a plucked string determines its tone, the time signature of a piece of music is a ratio, and note durations are measured in fractions. One connection commonly overlooked is that between music and geometry--specifically, geometric transformations, including…

Descriptors: Music, Geometric Concepts, Geometry, Music Activities

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

Quinn, Anne Larson – Mathematics Teacher, 2009

Many students find proofs frustrating, and teachers struggle with how to help students write proofs. In fact, it is well documented that most students who have studied proofs in high school geometry courses do not master them and do not understand their function. And yet, according to NCTM's "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics"…

Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Validity, Number Concepts, Teaching Methods

Bannon, Thomas J. – Mathematics Teacher, 2009

In this article, the classic problem of finding three ways to determine the probability that the pieces of a stick randomly broken in two places will form a triangle is analyzed anew. To be useful in the classroom, an application must be incorporated into an often-crowded curriculum. What is nice about this triangle problem is that it fits in…

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Probability, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction

Anderson, Gail M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2008

Students often struggle with the connection between algebraic and graphical representations of functions. This overview of the history of the Cartesian coordinate system helps the classroom teacher consider new ways to aid students in making the "Cartesian connection." (Contains 7 figures.)

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Algebra, Graphs

Danielson, Christopher; Jenson, Eric – Mathematics Teacher, 2008

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving presents a challenge to teachers in many U.S. schools. Some students are absent because they are traveling to be with their extended families for the holiday. Other students, assuming that nothing important will happen at school when so many of their peers are absent, may also be absent. One school's solution to…

Descriptors: High School Students, Probability, Teaching Methods, Handheld Devices

Ventress, Andy – Mathematics Teacher, 2008

This article describes the use of digital images of real-life phenomena and interactive software to carry out mathematics investigations. (Contains 13 figures.)

Descriptors: Computer Software, Mathematical Models, Educational Technology, Photography

Morge, Shelby P. – Mathematics Teacher, 2007

This article highlights a series of activities designed to elicit students' mathematics-related beliefs, particularly those related to gender. As a result of the activities, females in upper-level classes rated themselves as having less confidence than males, and viewing a movie clip was sufficient for some students to modify their descriptions of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Gender Differences, Student Attitudes, Beliefs

Kalder, Robin S. – Mathematics Teacher, 2007

Research has found that teachers of mathematics are more effective when they have a profound understanding of the content that is being taught and the content to which students have previously been exposed. It is clear that professional programs must enable preservice teachers to develop the knowledge and skills they need to teach elementary…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts

Marcus, Robin; Fukawa-Connelly, Tim; Conklin, Michael; Fey, James T. – Mathematics Teacher, 2007

This article describes recommendations made by participants in a large project of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), in which representatives of "partner disciplines" shared what they would like students to learn in the first two years of college mathematics. The article further suggests implications for high school mathematics.…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics, High Schools, Mathematics Instruction

Winsor, Matthew S. – Mathematics Teacher, 2007

In this article, the author describes how he created an approach that he terms "Mathematics as a Second Language" (MSL) for teaching ELL students mathematics. The main components of MSL are vocabulary activities, journals, group work, and projects. He used MSL to teach prealgebra to ELL students, as well as to native English speakers, for two…

Descriptors: Action Research, Mathematics Instruction, Limited English Speaking, English (Second Language)