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Erchick, Diana B. – School Science and Mathematics, 2002

Introduces The Square Thing, a lesson that engages and invites student development of problem solving and reasoning skills, understanding through connections within the content, and mathematics voice. Describes components for successful pedagogy and benefits for students experiencing this and similar mathematics pedagogies. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Analytic Geometry, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving

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Oliver, J. Steve; Nichols, B. Kim – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Describes various philosophical positions on the teaching of the scientific method in the middle years of the 20th century by examining articles published in this journal. Concludes that there is still no agreement on a definition of the scientific method or the best way to teach it. (MM)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education History, Science Instruction, Scientific Methodology

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Oliver, J. Steve; Nichols, B. Kim – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Describes and reviews the book "The Educational Concepts of Secondary School Science Teachers" by Paul Hurd. (MM)

Descriptors: Book Reviews, Concept Formation, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Science Education

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Tracy, Dyanne M. – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Presents an activity in which students work in cooperative groups and roll balls down inclined planes, collect data with the help of an electronic motion detector, and represent data with a graphing calculator to explore concepts such as mass, gravity, velocity, and acceleration. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/ASK)

Descriptors: Acceleration (Physics), Graphing Calculators, Gravity (Physics), Mechanics (Physics)

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Keller, Brian A.; Hart, Eric W.; Martin, W. Gary – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Describes electronic resources designed to illuminate the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM) "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics". Provides a vehicle for further discussion of the vision put forth in the Standards. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Media, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education

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Harris, Kimberly; Marcus, Robin; McLaren, Karen; Fey, James – School Science and Mathematics, 2001

Discusses the implications of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards for mathematics curricula and instruction and provides three examples of lessons from problem-based curricula for various grades. (Author/MM)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Instruction, National Standards, Problem Based Learning

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Meyer, Ruth A.; Riley, James E. – School Science and Mathematics, 1984

Imaginative ways of using calculators to explore decimal fractions with secondary school and some middle school students are given. Four explorations on terminating and repeating decimals, the length of periods, and relationships are described. An appendix presents mathematical proofs. (MNS)

Descriptors: Calculators, Decimal Fractions, Learning Activities, Mathematics

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Kelly, Ivan W.; Bany, Bruce – School Science and Mathematics, 1984

A random arrangement of two contrasting colors in a 20x20 array is used to facilitate students' understanding of the notions of randomness, independence, and long-run frequency. It can also be used to test some prevalent errors in probabilistic reasoning. Three activities are described. (MNS)

Descriptors: Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Materials, Middle Schools

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Cohen, Herbert; Staley, Frederick – School Science and Mathematics, 1982

The view presented is that many elementary teachers do not understand the nature of science, how the skills are useful in everyday life, and of how science content is involved in many human endeavors. Integrating science with other disciplines is thought to have potential for improving the quality and quantity of science instruction. (MP)

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science

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Smart, James R. – School Science and Mathematics, 1982

The focus is on suggestions, with examples, for teaching estimation skills. Estimating can be a very enjoyable as well as a very useful part of mathematics, helping to improve attitudes of pupils toward the subject by providing success. Estimation is shown not to be synonymous with mental arithmetic. (MP)

Descriptors: Basic Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Estimation (Mathematics), Instruction

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Pereira-Mendoza, Lionel; May, Sadie – School Science and Mathematics, 1983

Suggestions for activities are organized into categories of the community, sports, the home, travel, and nature. Each has been linked to other curriculum areas such as physical education, science, or social studies, so it is possible to use the activities as a basis for an interdisciplinary approach to the curriculum. (MP)

Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities

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Berman, Barbara; Friederwitzer, Fredda J. – School Science and Mathematics, 1983

It is viewed understandable that many teachers consider fractions one of the most difficult mathematical topics to teach. School experiences need careful planning to include sequential activities which develop accurate concepts, and concepts are thought best developed by activities which move along the concrete-to-abstract continuum. (MP)

Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Fractions

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Hennemann, A. Louise; Hennemann, Willard – School Science and Mathematics, 1983

Use of the hand-dialed, transparent, nonelectronic SEE-Calculator is proposed. Pupils can dial numbers into appropriate columns, watching the gears work; place-value concepts are enhanced. Both activities and flowcharting are suggested. (MNS)

Descriptors: Algorithms, Audiovisual Aids, Calculators, Computation

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Kennedy, Robert E.; And Others – School Science and Mathematics, 1983

To help mathematics teachers introduce and reinforce concepts and processes by using relevant problems, several such problems are presented and discussed. (MNS)

Descriptors: Functions (Mathematics), Geometric Concepts, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction

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Markel, William D. – School Science and Mathematics, 1983

Two traditional presentations introducing the calculus of exponential functions are first presented. Then the suggested direct presentation using calculators is described. (MNS)

Descriptors: Calculators, Calculus, College Mathematics, Functions (Mathematics)