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Gott, Tim – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011

As Director of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky for the past four and a half years, the author has had the distinct pleasure of leading an amazing group of students and staff in a residential program for high school juniors and seniors interested in advanced STEM careers. The years he has at the Gatton Academy…

Descriptors: High Schools, Residential Programs, Residential Schools, High School Students

Kaser, Joyce S. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010

Based on the data gathered and the interviews with administrators, the author makes the following suggestions. These twelve recommendations are targeted primarily toward educators wanting to strengthen their own mathematics and science offerings, possibly by establishing a school-within-a school or launching a charter school. The recommendations…

Descriptors: Science Careers, Charter Schools, Science Programs, Mathematics Achievement

Garofalo, Joe; Kitchell, Barbara Ann – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010

The process of borrowing money can be intimidating to some people. Many feel at the mercy of a loan officer and just accept terms and amounts at face value. A graphing calculator, or spreadsheet, with appropriate knowledge of how to use it, can be an empowering tool to help create a more equitable situation or circumstance. Given the proper…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Technology, Technology Uses in Education

Cory, Beth; Garofalo, Joe – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010

After students have constructed a conceptual understanding of a mathematical idea, applying mathematical symbolism to represent and define the idea concisely becomes an easier task. In fact, Moore (1994) found that students "often needed to develop their concept images through examples, diagrams, graphs, and other means before they could…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Calculus, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction

Jones, Brent M. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010

Roughly 80% of the math and science schools under the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (NCSSSMST) umbrella are non-residential programs, with about 18% residential and 2% both residential and nonresidential. Now numbering 16 (with the Tennessee Governor's Academy closing May 2011), the…

Descriptors: Gifted, Residential Programs, Residential Schools, Science Education

Mason, Letita R. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2009

Global survival hinges on an appreciation that the solutions to problems reside within the collective strength of diversity. However, achieving inclusion is often relegated to periodic infusions of multiculturalism into the mainstream of organizational culture. And "diversity" is quickly becoming the latest buzzword for an idea that, though…

Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Environment, Diversity (Institutional), Cultural Pluralism

Marshall, Stephanie Pace – NCSSSMST Journal, 2008

In this keynote address presented at the 2008 National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST) Professional Conference, Stephanie Marshall describes what is needed to transform STEM education in today's world. While such an endeavor will take multiple systemic actions, here Marshall focuses on…

Descriptors: World Problems, Innovation, Laboratories, Educational Technology

Garofalo, Joe; Cory, Beth – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007

Mathematical knowledge can be categorized in different ways. One commonly used way is to distinguish between procedural mathematical knowledge and conceptual mathematical knowledge. Procedural knowledge of mathematics refers to formal language, symbols, algorithms, and rules. Conceptual knowledge is essential for meaningful understanding of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Symbols (Mathematics), Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Instruction

Garofalo, Joe; Juersivich, Nicole – NCSSSMST Journal, 2007

There is much research that documents what many teachers know, that students struggle with many concepts in probability and statistics. This article presents two sample activities the authors use to help preservice teachers develop ideas about how they can use technology to promote their students' ability to understand mathematics and connect…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Statistical Inference, Sampling, Probability

Froning, Michael – NCSSSMST Journal, 1995

Challenges the perception that students' research capabilities are limited to historical topics. Suggests that every student can do subject-based mathematical research on topics of importance within their normal curricula. By having opportunities to do research-oriented mathematics, students can connect what they are studying with the mathematics…

Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Strategies, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary Education