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April 2009 Blog Posts (6)

What I love to teach and why.

I love to teach Geometry and Calculus! At first Geometry was my favorite subject to teach because I loved the shapes and logic in it. It all seems so logical to me and was at times a challenge for my students. Now, I also teach Calculus and can see how everything from Algebra 1, Geometry and Trigonometry fit together. Calculus is just as fun to teach! What makes teaching even more fun is that I have a SMARTBoard in my classroom. Mathematics sure does come to life with computer animations, and… Continue

Added by Sue Palmberg on April 23, 2009 at 5:27am — No Comments

Philosophy of Members of Mathematics24x7

Philosophy of life

• Invert and multiply (in that order)

• fun

• Love it

• Make the most of every situation.

• philosophy is a placeholder for mathematics

• I believe that learning should be fun, hands-on and creative. Using a multi-sensory approach makes learning come alive. Students who actively participate in their learning retain the information and can apply the concepts they have learned.

• Think

• to enjoy the positive: arts, science, good… Continue

Added by Rashmi Kathuria on April 22, 2009 at 6:35pm — No Comments

The Structure of Mathematical Revolutions*

This entry is cross-posted at Learning in Mathland.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

Kate, over at f(t), is sensing a paradigm shift in the world of math education. We are moving away from textbook-centered teaching, where problems… Continue

Added by Colleen King on April 21, 2009 at 11:41pm — 1 Comment

Busy. Learning.

Many of my students attend an elite K-8 school. To say that this school offers a traditional math curriculum would be an understatement. Students in grades 5, 6, and 7 spend months studying shopkeeper's math. The main focus is percentages - discounts, sales tax, tip, simple and compound interest, commissions, annuities, etc. Each of these topics is presented as a formula to memorize. The vocabulary is beyond the comprehension of most 12 year olds. Even the numbers themselves are tiresome.… Continue

Added by Colleen King on April 17, 2009 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

Making It Relevant

There was a discussion on Twitter recently about keeping the spirit of wonder and play alive in our classrooms. The timing was perfect because my juniors had just embarked on a journey through trigonometry and their motivation was on the decline. I needed a way to make the concepts more meaningful and thought it would be interesting to connect trigonometry to animation. My students were familiar with sine, cosine, and tangent functions. They understood how the various parameters affected the… Continue

Added by Colleen King on April 14, 2009 at 8:12pm — 1 Comment

Basic Skills

Hi everyone. This is my first attempt at blogging about my teaching so it will be a bit random at first.

I am wondering what others do when the students do not seem to have grasped basic skills they should have learned in elementary school but are now in middle school. I teach grade 7,8,10 and 11 and I am often surprised by how much information they seem to forget. Perhaps it's just me but I figured that if I had taught it in Chapter 1, the students would still remember it by Chapter… Continue

Added by Carmen on April 14, 2009 at 3:06am — 7 Comments

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