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Wolbert, Roger S.; Moss, Erin R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

A common goal for mathematics teachers at any grade level is for "all" students--not just future mathematics teachers--to develop deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning and using. To that end, this lesson can be used in an upper-level high school mathematics course to introduce the concept of a radian in a way that…

Descriptors: High Schools, Thinking Skills, Reflection, Concept Teaching

Sword, Sarah; Matsuura, Ryota; Cuoco, Al; Kang, Jane; Gates, Miriam – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Mathematical modeling has taken on increasing curricular importance in the past decade due in no small measure to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) identifying modeling as one of the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP 4, CCSSI 2010, p. 7). Although researchers have worked on mathematical modeling (Lesh and Doerr 2003;…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Learner Engagement, Secondary School Mathematics

Gillette, Jane – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Students often have the misconception that mathematics involves reading the problem, staring at the page, and then writing down an answer. With more than twenty years of experience working with students in eighth-grade math through college calculus, the author has been increasingly interested in how she can foster problem-solving skills in her…

Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills, Problem Solving

Mooney, Eileen B. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Top-down implementation of technology is one of the most pervasive phenomena of the last couple of decades in educational history. It is the subject of many books, articles, and blog posts on how to fix schools or why educational technology is not working in the classroom. The idea of providing teachers with technology so they can make students…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction

Hubacz, Meghan – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

During the author's eighteen-year tenure as a high school mathematics teacher, there has been one question that she has yet to answer: "Why don't students do homework?" On the basis of research, many factors may lead to a student leaving homework undone. A student may lack the drive to complete work out of school. Or a student may choose…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Homework, Student Motivation

Teuscher, Dawn; Palsky, Kylie; Palfreyman, Charlie Y. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

The goal of this article is to raise questions that will promote discussions among secondary mathematics teachers about the concept of inverse functions and how to motivate a more conceptual understanding of them in their classrooms. The authors share data to answer the following questions: (1) What meanings of inverse functions do high school…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods

Nabb, Keith; Hofacker, Erick B.; Ernie, Kathryn T.; Ahrendt, Susan – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

This article highlights three of the eight Mathematics Teaching Practices (MTP) published in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" (2014): (1) facilitating meaningful mathematical discourse (MTP 4); (2) posing purposeful questions (MTP 5); and (3)…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Active Learning, Calculus

Lischka, Alyson E.; Gerstenschlager, Natasha E.; Stephens, D. Christopher; Strayer, Jeremy F.; Barlow, Angela T. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Mistakes can be a source of frustration for teachers and students in mathematics classrooms because they reveal potential misunderstandings or a lack of learning. However, increasing evidence shows that making mistakes creates productive pathways for learning new ideas and building new concepts (Boaler 2016; Borasi 1996). Learning through…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Error Patterns, Teaching Methods, Homework

Clinch, Adam – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

One of the foundational topics in first-year algebra concerns the concept of factoring. This article discusses an alternative strategy for factoring quadratics of the form ax[superscript 2] + bx + c, known as "factoring for roots." This strategy enables students to extend the knowledge they used when the leading coefficient was 1 and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving

Alhammouri, Ahmad M.; Foley, Gregory D.; Dael, Kevin – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

In this article, the authors describe how a theoretical framework--the modeling cycle of Bliss, Fowler, and Galluzzo (2014)--came to life in their classroom as students struggled with an open-ended modeling task. The authors share their high school students' work--warts and all. They explain how they used their students' ideas and errors to help…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Problem Solving, Learner Engagement

Cloft, Kristal – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Many ways exist to engage students without detracting from the mathematics. Certainly some are high-tech options, such as video games, online trivia sites, and PowerPoint® presentations that follow the same model as Jeopardy; but sometimes low-tech options can be just as powerful. One exciting way to connect with students is by incorporating…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Mathematics Activities, Educational Games

Davis, Anna A.; Joswick, Candace – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

The correct use of visual perspective is one of the main reasons that virtual reality environments and realistic works of art look lifelike. Geometric construction techniques used by artists to achieve an accurate perspective effect were developed during the Renaissance. With the rise of computer graphics, translating the geometric ideas of 600…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods

Pope, Derek – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

The author shares the lesson that he used to introduce the quadratic unit to students in an extended second-year algebra class, demonstrate why it was appropriate for his struggling learners, and discuss possible future modifications to this lesson.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Secondary School Mathematics

Eddy, Colleen M.; Pratt, Sarah S.; Green, Cheyenne N. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Have you ever considered how technology could facilitate reasoning and sense making of systems of linear inequalities? In this article, the authors share how to use Google® Maps® and Desmos to achieve this and provide students with opportunities to access mathematics as they build a more formalized understanding. Using an inquiry-based approach,…

Descriptors: Maps, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Inquiry

Ichinose, Cherie Lynn; Martinez-Cruz, Armando M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) propose a new vision for the mathematics classroom with updated content standards and Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). These practices are founded on NCTM processes (Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communication, Representation, and Connections) and abilities…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Common Core State Standards