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Jacobson, Erik – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

For many students, making connections between mathematical ideas and the real world is one of the most intriguing and rewarding aspects of the study of mathematics. In the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010), mathematical modeling is highlighted as a mathematical practice standard for all grades. To engage in mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Mathematical Logic, Teaching Methods

Wasserman, Nicholas H. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Today, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010) expect students in as early as eighth grade to be knowledgeable about irrational numbers. Yet a common tendency in classrooms and on standardized tests is to avoid rational and irrational solutions to problems in favor of integer solutions, which are easier for students to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Academic Standards, Number Concepts, Problem Solving

Huang, Rongjin; Prince, Kyle M.; Schmidt, Teresa – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

The importance of developing reasoning and justification has been highlighted in "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (NCTM 2000). The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010) further reiterates the importance of reasoning and proof in several standards for mathematical practice. Students of all grades are…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Applications

Harrow, Chris; Chin, Lillian – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Exploration, innovation, proof: For students, teachers, and others who are curious, keeping an open mind and being ready to investigate unusual or unexpected properties will always lead to learning something new. Technology can further this process, allowing various behaviors to be analyzed that were previously memorized or poorly understood. This…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Instructional Innovation

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

Bismarck, Stephen F.; Zelkowski, Jeremy; Gleason, Jim – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Like many commodities, the price of gasoline continues to rise, and these price changes are readily observed in gas stations' signage. Moreover, algebraic methods are well suited to model price change and answer the student's question. Over the course of one ninety-minute block or two forty-five-minute classes, students build functions…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Prediction, Fuels, Algebra

Weber, Eric; Ellis, Amy; Kulow, Torrey; Ozgur, Zekiye – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Encouraging students to reason with quantitative relationships can help them develop, understand, and explore mathematical models of real-world phenomena. Through two examples--modeling the motion of a speeding car and the growth of a Jactus plant--this article describes how teachers can use six practical tips to help students develop quantitative…

Descriptors: Mathematical Aptitude, Mathematical Models, Problem Based Learning, Motion

Viro, Julia – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Constructing viable arguments and reasoning abstractly is an essential part of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010). This article discusses the scenarios in which a mathematical task is impossible to accomplish, as well as how to approach impossible scenarios in the classroom. The concept of proof is introduced as the…

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

Jensen, Jennifer L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

If students are going to develop reasoning and thinking skills, use their mathematical knowledge, and recognize the relevance of mathematics in their lives, they need to experience mathematics in meaningful ways. Only then will their mathematical skills be transferrable to all other parts of their lives. To promote such flexible mathematical…

Descriptors: Consultants, Mathematics Education, Student Projects, Algebra

Hillen, Amy F.; Malik, LuAnn – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Card sorting has the potential to provide opportunities for exploration of a variety of topics and levels. In a card-sorting task, each participant is presented with a set of cards--each of which depicts a relationship--and is asked to sort the cards into categories that make sense to him or her. The concept of function is critical to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers

Landers, Mara G. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

In this article, the author describes the development and implementation of a measurement-based group activity designed to support students in understanding the connection between angle magnitude and the shape of the sine function. She explains that the benefit of this activity is that it allows students to build their trigonometric knowledge…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Trigonometry, Mathematical Concepts, Experiential Learning

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

Zelkowski, Jeremy S. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 2000) states, "Technology is essential in teaching and learning mathematics; it influences the mathematics that is taught and enhances students' learning." The focus on reasoning and sense making with technology in the lesson presented in this article will enable students to do more…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Educational Technology, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods

Gonzalez, Gloriana; DeJarnette, Anna F. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

What does problem-based instruction do for students and teachers? The open-ended geometry problem presented in this article, along with examples of students' work on the problem, illustrates how problem-based instruction can help students develop their mathematical proficiency. Recent studies have shown that students who experience problem-based…

Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Geometric Concepts