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Bolognese, Chris A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

"How Much Can You Bench?" appears in the "Mathematical Lens" section of "Mathematics Teacher." "Mathematical Lens" uses photographs as a springboard for mathematical inquiry and appears in every issue of "Mathematics Teacher." This month the mathematics behind the photograph includes finding areas…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Photography, Inquiry

Turton, Roger – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

"Mathematical Lens" uses photographs as a springboard for mathematical inquiry and appears in every issue of "Mathematics Teacher." Recently while dismantling an old wooden post-and-rail fence, Roger Turton noticed something very interesting when he piled up the posts and rails together in the shape of a prism. The total number…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Photography

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

Daire, Sandra Arguelles – Mathematics Teacher, 2009

This article uses photographs as a springboard for mathematical inquiry to encourage readers to see patterns and relationships that they can think about and extend in a mathematically playful way. Herein, two photographs are presented along with a discussion of the meaning of slopes and their relationship to gradient and pitch. (Contains 6…

Descriptors: Photography, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods

Daire, Sandra Arguelles – Mathematics Teacher, 2010

Celebrating mathematics should be a yearlong event in which students in mathematics classes of all levels engage in mathematics activities and competitions that will encourage growth in mathematical knowledge, enthusiasm for the subject, and collaboration among students of different abilities and backgrounds. Pi Day and Pi Week festivities--a good…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Creative Teaching

Mathematics Teacher, 2005

The "Mathematical Lens" feature of "Mathematics Teacher," uses photographs as a springboard for mathematical inquiry. The goal of this feature is to encourage readers to see patterns and relationships that they can think about and extend in a mathematically playful way. In this edition of "Mathematical Lens," students analyze the shapes in an iron…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Pictorial Stimuli, Inquiry, Mathematics Skills

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Lenz, Jerry – Mathematics Teacher, 1973

A college course using science fiction literature as a springboard into the study of geometries is described. (DT)

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Course Descriptions, Curriculum, Geometry

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Benson, John; Borkovitz, Debra – Mathematics Teacher, 1982

The construction of a pentagon is divided into three problems, designed to enhance the traditional high school geometry class. The material is seen to serve as a potential springboard for many other activities. It is felt most students could not realistically be expected to solve the third problem by themselves. (MP)

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Geometric Constructions, Geometry, Instruction