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Lommatsch, Christina W. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

"Find the extreme values of the function." "At what rate is the distance between A and B increasing after 12 seconds?" Prompts like these can be heard in most first-semester calculus courses. Unfortunately, these cues also tend to prompt students' eyes to glaze over with thoughts of "When will I ever use this?" This…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Relevance (Education), Career Choice

Fay, Michael – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

Activities for Students appears five times each year in Mathematics Teacher, promoting student-centered activities that teachers can adapt for use in their own classroom. In the course of the activities presented here, students will "look for and make use of structure" by observing algebraic patterns in the power rule and "use…

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

Nagle, Courtney R.; Moore-Russo, Deborah – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

All teachers, especially high school teachers, face the challenge of ensuring that students have opportunities to relate and connect the various representations and notions of mathematics concepts developed over the course of the pre-K-12 mathematics curriculum. NCTM's (2000) Representation Standard emphasizes the importance of students being…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Academic Standards, Teaching Methods

Edwards, Thomas G.; Özgün-Koca, S. Asli; Chelst, Kenneth R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Amazon, Walmart, and other large-scale retailers owe their success partly to efficient inventory management. For such firms, holding too little inventory risks losing sales, whereas holding idle inventory wastes money. Therefore profits hinge on the inventory level chosen. In this activity, students investigate a simplified inventory-control…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Retailing

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Kansky, Bob; And Others – Mathematics Teacher, 1981

Guidelines and steps for reviewing and selecting computerized instructional materials are reviewed. (MP)

Descriptors: Computer Programs, Computer Science, Computers, Criteria

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Levine, Deborah R. – Mathematics Teacher, 1991

Presented are two classroom techniques to help beginning teachers. The first is a student-sensitive approach to the first day of class using a questionnaire to assess students attitudes toward mathematics and student interests. The second is a suggestion on how to effectively review student homework. (MDH)

Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Attitude Measures, Classroom Techniques, Homework

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Becker, Jerry P.; Yi-Yun, Zhou – Mathematics Teacher, 1987

University entrance examinations in China are described. Then the 1985 test is presented. (MNS)

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Higher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Testing

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Mathematics Teacher, 1991

Presented are two ideas to improve instruction. The first celebrates the Christmas birthday of Isaac Newton with an essay assignment related to Newton and a party. The second suggests a more appropriate moment to introduce the technique of completing the square to promote greater flexibility in factoring problems. (MDH)

Descriptors: Algebra, Enrichment Activities, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education

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Kroll, Diana Lambdin; And Others – Mathematics Teacher, 1992

Discusses aspects of cooperative problem solving that include the selection of appropriate problems and the grading of group and individual papers using an analytical scoring scale. Offers six tips for grading cooperative problem solving. An appendix provides solutions to cited problems, potential follow-up questions, and an annotated…

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cooperative Learning, Evaluation Methods, Grading

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Leach, Eilene L. – Mathematics Teacher, 1992

Describes alternative form of evaluation that enables the teacher to assign a grade to students problem-solving skills as they participate in a discussion to solve a problem. Discusses room arrangement, the role of the audience, grading, and secondary benefits of the method. (MDH)

Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Discussion, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Evaluation Methods

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Mathematics Teacher, 1992

Presents and discusses three instruments to evaluate: (1) student self-assessment; (2) assessment of cooperative learning tasks; and (3) student assessment of their teacher's effectiveness. Examples of the instruments are provided. (MDH)

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Evaluation Methods, Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Education

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Bagley, Theresa; Gallenberger, Catarina – Mathematics Teacher, 1992

Clarifies the benefits of having students write about their understanding and dispositions toward mathematics. Discusses ways to manage journal writing and incorporate it into existing classes. Suggests 19 assignments students can respond to in their journals. (MDH)

Descriptors: Algebra, Attitude Measures, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education

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Meier, Sherry L. – Mathematics Teacher, 1992

Discusses problem-solving evaluation methods and describes the development of an instrument to evaluate an individual's problem-solving processes. Provides an example of the instrument. (MDH)

Descriptors: Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Evaluation Methods

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Schloemer, Cathy G. – Mathematics Teacher, 1993

Describes a series of eight project activities designed to increase student communication and assess student understanding during a unit on functions and relations. Discusses different methods of evaluation and students' reactions to the activities. (MDH)

Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Classroom Communication, Content Area Writing, Educational Assessment