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Degner, Kate – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

In the author's experience with this activity, students struggle with the idea of representativeness in probability. Therefore, this student misconception is part of the classroom discussion about the activities in this lesson. Representativeness is related to the (incorrect) idea that outcomes that seem more random are more likely to happen. This…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Activities, Probability, Educational Games

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

Thom, Jennifer S. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

This article presents a descriptive account of an after-school study. The participants--Allan (male, ten years), Veronique (female, nine years), and William (male, ten years)--all spoke English as their first language and were considered by their classroom teachers to be meeting the provincially set expectations for the fifth-grade curriculum…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Algebra

Koshy, Valsa, Ed.; Murray, Jean, Ed. – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011

Now in a fully updated second edition, "Unlocking Mathematics Teaching" is a comprehensive guide to teaching mathematics in the primary school. Combining theory and practice, selected experts outline the current context of mathematics education. They suggest strategies, activities and examples to help develop readers understanding and confidence…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Numeracy, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Instruction

Tra, Yolande V.; Evans, Irene M. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2010

"BIO2010" put forth the goal of improving the mathematical educational background of biology students. The analysis and interpretation of microarray high-dimensional data can be very challenging and is best done by a statistician and a biologist working and teaching in a collaborative manner. We set up such a collaboration and designed a course on…

Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Computer Software, Biology, Interdisciplinary Approach

Prasad, Priya V. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016

How can we, as teachers, encourage students to move from drawing geometric objects to constructing them and thereby build their mathematical reasoning skills? One way to encourage students to construct instead of draw shapes and to help students develop more robust understandings of geometric relationships and constructions is to use interactive…

Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics, Mathematics Education

Oldenburg, Reinhard – International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education, 2015

Quantifier Elimination is a procedure that allows simplification of logical formulas that contain quantifiers. Many mathematical concepts are defined in terms of quantifiers and especially in calculus their use has been identified as an obstacle in the learning process. The automatic deduction provided by quantifier elimination thus allows…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Formulas, Mathematical Applications, Calculus

Winsor, Matthew S. – Mathematics Teacher, 2007

In this article, the author describes how he created an approach that he terms "Mathematics as a Second Language" (MSL) for teaching ELL students mathematics. The main components of MSL are vocabulary activities, journals, group work, and projects. He used MSL to teach prealgebra to ELL students, as well as to native English speakers, for two…

Descriptors: Action Research, Mathematics Instruction, Limited English Speaking, English (Second Language)

Sternberg, Robert J. – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2017

In this article, I discuss how teaching of mathematics can develop and encourage creative thinking, not only in mathematics, but also in general. I begin by discussing creativity as a habit that teachers can help students develop. Then I briefly present the investment theory of creativity. The basic idea of the investment theory is that creative…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Creative Thinking, Creativity, Mathematics Instruction

Klymchuk, Sergiy; Zverkova, Tatyana; Gruenwald, Norbert; Sauerbier, Gabriele – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, 2008

This article presents the results of two studies on using an innovative pedagogical strategy in teaching mathematical modelling and applications to engineering students. Both studies are dealing with introducing non-traditional contexts for engineering students in teaching/learning of mathematical modelling and applications: environment and…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Ecology, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries

Griffiths, Martin – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, 2010

In this article, we use a particular example to illustrate a thematic approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics. Our theme, suitable for undergraduates and able sixth-form students, is the enumeration of mathematical objects associated with the prime factorizations of integers. It is shown in detail how this gives rise to some beautiful…

Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Thematic Approach, Numbers, Mathematics Instruction

Notari-Syverson, Angela; Sadler, Faith H. – Young Exceptional Children, 2008

Learning about mathematics begins in the early years. Through their everyday activities, young children build important foundational knowledge and understanding of mathematics, especially when adults provide specific opportunities to learn and practice concepts and skills. Young children develop early on an informal understanding of important…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Preschool Children, Mathematical Concepts, Emergent Literacy

Kurz, Terri L.; Serrano, Alejandra – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

To support students' development of concepts in mathematics, the use of technology is often encouraged (Common Core State Standards Initiative [CCSSI] 2010). Technology can contextualize learning and provide a meaningful setting for mathematical ideas. Most teachers are supportive regarding the use of technology to encourage learning and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods

Manouchehri, Azita – Mathematics Teacher, 2007

"Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (NCTM 2000) proposes that mathematics instruction provide opportunities for students to engage in mathematical inquiry and in meaning-making through discourse. Mathematics teachers are encouraged to build on student discoveries in designing subsequent instruction. In this article, the author…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Inquiry, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Concepts

de Voogt, Alex; Rougetet, Lisa; Epstein, Nathan – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Some research has suggested the use of mancala games in mathematics education. The immediate concepts associated with playing mancala games have been limited to counting as well as addition and subtraction, so the potential of mancala has remained limited to primary school education. This proposed adaptation of a mancala game allows for teaching…

Descriptors: Educational Games, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, High Schools