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Chick, Helen – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2016
The plane problem is a real-world problem, presented without any suggestion as to how it might be solved. It arose unexpectedly as the author was messing around on the internet, not thinking about maths at all. She did not encounter the problem in a maths lesson, nor as homework in the middle of a unit on a particular topic, and so she had no…
Descriptors: Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving
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Padula, Janice – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2014
If educators want to interest students in mathematics (and science), they must engage them in the lower forms of high school or even earlier (Fisher, 2012). So, teachers should always consider a topic's ability to interest students in the early years of instruction in high school and its topicality. Networks have come into prominence recently with…
Descriptors: Graphs, Networks, Mathematics Instruction, Algebra
Loong, Esther Yook-Kin – Australian Mathematics Teacher, 2011
This case study describes an "out of field" teacher's use of the Internet to teach a range of mathematical topics in a modified Year 8 mathematics class. It highlights the importance of three factors for implementing a discernible web-based teaching strategy: appropriate choice of web objects, effective "virtual" pedagogy, and technical support…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Internet, Technology Uses in Education