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Case, Catherine; Whitaker, Douglas – Mathematics Teacher, 2016
In the criminal justice system, defendants accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Statistical inference in any context is built on an analogous principle: The null hypothesis--often a hypothesis of "no difference" or "no effect"--is presumed true unless there is sufficient evidence against it. In this…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Statistical Inference
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Hardy, Michael D. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014
Unit conversion need not be boring. If students see that the skill is necessary, both their motivation to learn and their appreciation of the process can be enhanced. As a result, students become actively engaged and construct understanding and computational skills that they will retain over time. The activity described here makes use of scale…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Motor Vehicles, Mathematics Skills, Teaching Methods
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Pilgrim, Mary E. – Mathematics Teacher, 2014
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide teachers with the expectations and requirements that are meant to prepare K-12 students for college and the workforce (CCSSI 2010b). The Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs) emphasize the development of skills and conceptual understanding for students to become proficient in…
Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Education, State Standards, Active Learning
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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
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Jones, Steven R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013
Calculus instruction is an important topic for high school and college teachers alike. A prime target for attention is integration, which, unfortunately, students too often treat as a rote procedure. Understanding the integral better will support students' application of their mathematical knowledge to science, technology, and engineering…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Kinach, Barbara M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2012
Learning to reason spatially is increasingly recognized as an essential component of geometry education. Generally taken to be the "ability to represent, generate, transform, communicate, document, and reflect on visual information," "spatial reasoning" uses the spatial relationships between objects to form ideas. Spatial thinking takes a variety…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Teaching Methods, Geometry, Geometric Concepts
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Noblitt, Bethany A.; Buckley, Brooke E. – Mathematics Teacher, 2011
Teams, pit stops, clues, time limits, fast forwards, challenges, and prizes are all components of the CBS hit show "The Amazing Race." They were also elements of the Amazing Mathematical Race sponsored by the Math and Stats Club at Northern Kentucky University in April 2009. Held in recognition of Math Awareness Month, which is advocated…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, College Mathematics, Statistics
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Mulekar, Madhuri S.; Siegel, Murray H. – Mathematics Teacher, 2009
If students are to understand inferential statistics successfully, they must have a profound understanding of the nature of the sampling distribution. Specifically, they must comprehend the determination of the expected value and standard error of a sampling distribution as well as the meaning of the central limit theorem. Many students in a high…
Descriptors: Statistical Inference, Statistics, Sample Size, Error of Measurement
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Zelkowski, Jeremy; Mayes, Robert – Mathematics Teacher, 2008
The article focuses on engaging students in algebra through modeling real-world problems. The technique of least squares is explored, encouraging students to develop a deeper understanding of the method. (Contains 2 figures and a bibliography.)
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Relevance (Education), Least Squares Statistics, Algebra