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Lo, Chung Kwan – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

There is a growing interest in using a flipped classroom format in day-to-day teaching. Direct computer-based individual instruction outside the classroom and interactive group learning activities inside the classroom are the two essential components of the flipped classroom model. By watching instructional videos, students can work through some…

Descriptors: Action Research, Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Grade 8

Paoletti, Teo; Monahan, Ceire; Vishnubhotla, Madhavi – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

GeoGebra is a free tool that has the potential to change both how and what is taught in mathematics. GeoGebra allows teachers and students to explore various mathematical ideas either through the full applet (https://www.geogebra.org/graphing) or by sharing applets via GeoGebra's Materials site (https://www.geogebra. org/materials/). It has many…

Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Geometry

Rapke, Tina – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Many studies have claimed that traditional testing actually promotes students' use of superficial approaches to learning. When preparing to take tests, students typically memorize and cram rather than understanding the material and gaining new perspectives. This article describes how the author recast traditional tests by having students take a…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Tests, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation

Lee, Younhee; Lim, Woong – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Understanding how one representation connects to another and how the essential ideas in that relationship are generalized can result in a mathematical theorem or a formula. In this article, the authors demonstrate this process by connecting a vector cross product in algebraic form to a geometric representation and applying a key mathematical idea…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Geometric Concepts, Algebra, Mathematical Formulas

Kirwan, J. Vince – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Patterning tasks engage students in a core aspect of algebraic thinking-generalization (Kaput 2008). The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Algebra Standard states that students in grades 9-12 should "generalize patterns using explicitly defined and recursively defined functions" (NCTM 2000, p. 296). Although educators…

Descriptors: Visualization, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Algebra

Wagner, Jennifer; Sharp, Janet – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Calculus, perhaps more than other areas of mathematics, has a reputation for being steeped with procedures. In fact, through the years, it has been noticed of many students getting caught in the trap of trying to memorize algorithms and rules without developing associated concept knowledge. Specifically, students often struggle with the…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation

McGraw, Rebecca – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

The task shared in this article provides geometry students with opportunities to recall and use basic geometry vocabulary, extend their knowledge of area relationships, and create area formulas. It is characterized by reasoning and sense making (NCTM 2009) and the "Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others"…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Geometric Concepts, Mathematical Formulas, Mathematics Skills

McCulloch, Allison W.; Whitehead, Ashley; Lovett, Jennifer N.; Whitley, Blake – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Context is what makes mathematical modeling tasks different from more traditional textbook word problems. Math problems are sometimes stripped of context as they are worked on. For modeling problems, however, context is important for making sense of the mathematics. The task should be brought back to its real-world context as often as possible. In…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Audio Equipment, Textbooks, Word Problems (Mathematics)

Shriver, Janet; Willard, Teri; McDaniel, Mandy – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

In the set of fractal activities described in this article, students will accomplish much more than just creating a fun set of cards that simply resemble an art project. Goals of this activity, designed for an algebra 1 class, are to encourage students to generate data, look for and analyze patterns, and create their own models--all from a set of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learning Activities, Algebra, Models

Czocher, Jennifer A.; Moss, Diana L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Why are math modeling problems the source of such frustration for students and teachers? The conceptual understanding that students have when engaging with a math modeling problem varies greatly. They need opportunities to make their own assumptions and design the mathematics to fit these assumptions (CCSSI 2010). Making these assumptions is part…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, High School Students

Siebert, Daniel K. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Mathematics teachers strive to prepare their students to use mathematics in powerful ways both in and out of school. However, students' ability to use certain mathematical ideas, objects, and processes depends largely on the meanings they develop for the topics they study. Some meanings are simply more beneficial and useful than others. For…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Numbers, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Teachers

Angotti, Robin – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

This article describes Gapminder, a dynamic time-series graph that can be found at http://www.gapminder.org. Gapminder was created by a team of developers (Rosling, Ronnlund, and Rosling 2005) to create beautiful, interactive graphs of otherwise lifeless numbers. Their goal is increased use and understanding of statistics and data that…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Statistics, Visualization, Data

Richardson, Janessa; Bachman, Rachel M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

This article describes a preservice teacher's imaginative exploration of completing the square through a process of reasoning and sense making. She recounts historical perspectives and her own discoveries in the process of completing the square. Through this process of sense making, she engaged with the content standard of completing the square to…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Logic

Rhoads, Kathryn; Mendoza Epperson, James A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) states that high school students should be able to recognize patterns of growth in linear, quadratic, and exponential functions and construct such functions from tables of data (CCSSI 2010). In their work with practicing secondary teachers, the authors found that teachers may make some tacit…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Intervals, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra

Wolbert, William – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

The query "When are we ever going to use this?" is easily answered when discussing the slope of a line. The pitch of a roof, the grade of a road, and stair stringers are three applications of slope that are used extensively. The concept of slope, which is introduced fairly early in the mathematics curriculum has hands-on applications…

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