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Zahner, William; Dent, Nick – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

Sometimes a student's unexpected solution turns a routine classroom task into a real problem, one that the teacher cannot resolve right away. Although not knowing the answer can be uncomfortable for a teacher, these moments of uncertainty are also an opportunity to model authentic problem solving. This article describes such a moment in Zahner's…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction

Kalman, Dan; Teague, Daniel J. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Galileo dropped cannonballs from the leaning tower of Pisa to demonstrate something about falling bodies. Gauss was a giant of mathematics and physics who made unparalleled contributions to both fields. More contemporary (and not a person), the Green Monster is the left-field wall at the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park. Measuring 37 feet…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Measurement, Motion, Physics