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Tolle, Penelope P. – Mathematics Teacher, 2015
This article addresses the struggles teachers face when they attempt to change their teaching style in order to achieve an ideal mathematics classroom. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, many of the behaviors associated with an ideal mathematics classroom appear within the Standards for Mathematical Practice, on which…
Descriptors: Teaching Styles, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, State Standards
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Peterson, Blake E.; Corey, Douglas L.; Lewis, Benjamin M.; Bukarau, Jared – Mathematics Teacher, 2013
In this article, mathematics teachers in the United States were asked what constitutes a high-quality mathematics lesson. The returned responses varied greatly. This same question was asked of Japanese teachers also. For a clearer picture both American and Japanese teachers were directed to comment on videotaped mathematics lessons taught in both…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Best Practices
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Tolle, Penelope P. – Mathematics Teacher, 2010
In the years since the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) focused on the success of Japanese students, much has been written about Japanese lesson study and its possible benefits for mathematics classrooms in America. Lesson study is a professional development process used in Japanese schools that brings teachers (and other…
Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Faculty Development, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Matthews, Michael E.; Hlas, Christopher S.; Finken, Teresa M. – Mathematics Teacher, 2009
This article presents four-column lesson planning, an adaptation of lesson study, for preservice secondary school teachers. Four-column plans, an integral part of Japanese lesson study, have been less emphasized in the United States. This article presents study results indicating how these teachers were affected by this lesson study adaptation:…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Lesson Plans, Secondary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Peterson, Blake E. – Mathematics Teacher, 2006
In the fall of 2003, the author conducted research on the student teaching process in Japan. The basis for most of the lessons observed was rich mathematics problems. Upon returning to the US, the author used one such problem while teaching an algebra 2 class. This article introduces that problem, which gives rise to both linear and quadratic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Teaching, Algebra, Preservice Teacher Education
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Watanabe, Tad – Mathematics Teacher, 2000
The unique factor of the Japanese educational system is the use of entrance examinations. Presents examples and comments on questions from those examinations. (ASK)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction
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Shimizu, Yoshinori; Lambdin, Diana V. – Mathematics Teacher, 1997
Describes the use of an extended problem-solving assessment task with a Japanese secondary class. Argues that extended problem-solving tasks have the potential to illuminate a much wider range of student performance and to offer learning opportunities almost never realized with more traditional--albeit often quicker--forms of assessment. (ASK)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Thinking, Cultural Activities, Foreign Countries
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Horvath, Patricia J. – Mathematics Teacher, 1987
Comparisons are given for data from the Second International Study for both eighth- and eleventh-grade students in the United States and Japan. U.S. students were closer to Japanese students at the eighth-grade level than at the twelfth-grade level; differences have increased since the First International Study. (MNS)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Grade 12, Grade 8