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Kalchman, Mindy S. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2009
Kalchman describes and discusses preservice teachers' changing views of what it means to know and do mathematics both inside and outside the classroom walls. The context for change is a weekly assignment for methods students to describe and solve mathematical problems in situations that they confront in day-to-day life. The assignment supports…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Problem Solving, Mathematics Activities, Teaching Methods
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Rodrigue, Paulette R.; Robichaux, Rebecca R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2010
Sorting shapes and solving riddles develop and advance children's geometric thinking and understanding while promoting mathematical communication, cooperative learning, and numerous representations. This article presents a brief summary of how children develop an understanding of the properties of geometric shapes as well as a description of the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Cooperative Learning, Geometric Concepts, Geometry