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Huntley, Mary Ann; Flores, Alfinio – PRIMUS, 2011

In this article, the authors describe how prospective secondary mathematics teachers designed their own adaptations of popular board and computer games to learn the history of mathematics. They begin the article by describing some of the games students designed and used, and follow this with a discussion of factors for successful use of games in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, History

Huntley, Mary Ann; Flores, Alfinio – PRIMUS, 2010

The authors describe ways in which a history of mathematics course can help prospective teachers of mathematics develop knowledge they will need for teaching. The types of knowledge include content knowledge of mathematics, knowledge of mathematics for teaching, and pedagogical knowledge.

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics

Winsor, Matthew S. – PRIMUS, 2009

This article describes the goals of a capstone course for secondary preservice mathematics teachers and how those goals are achieved. Moreover, student reaction to the course will be examined.

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Secondary School Mathematics, High Schools

Gieger, Judith Lynn – PRIMUS, 2007

One of the most publicly celebrated figures in mathematics teaching during the last century was Jaime Escalante (dramatized in the film "Stand and Deliver"). The Escalante story aptly fulfills three prevailing myths about effective teachers: the Teacher is self-made, the Teacher is the expert, and everything depends on the Teacher. These…

Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Federal Legislation, Mythology, Mathematics Teachers

Cullinane, Michael J. – PRIMUS, 2005

Mathematics majors' study of abstract algebra should provide these students with opportunities to connect what they are learning to their prior experiences with algebra in high school. This paper illustrates how such connections can be used to motivate the notion of binary operation and the axioms for a group.

Descriptors: High Schools, Algebra, Secondary School Mathematics, Correlation

Salinas, Tracie McLemore – PRIMUS, 2004

In this study, twenty-eight prospective teachers enrolled in a mathematics course participated in regular writing activities in reflective notebooks. Students' writings and data collected from interviews and surveys were used to analyze the effects of the notebooks on students' perceptions of their learning and mathematics anxiety. Students…

Descriptors: Student Teacher Attitudes, Mathematics Anxiety, Journal Writing, Reflection