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•  Geometry Using the Game of Set The game of Set has been around for a long time. This activity brings to mind several questions that all lead to set theory and combinatorics. Finding New Problems in Old Places A function table, familiar and useful to teachers, focuses fresh attention on definitions and domain. Arithmetic, Meet Algebra Arithmetic can lead to an understanding of a beautiful algebraic idea. Fraction Problems Wrestling with some interesting problems may help students’ fluency with fractions. Painted Faces and Probability With wooden cubes as manipulatives, I create problems related to pattern recognition and probability. The Area Model for Multiplication These problems have arithmetic as an entry point and highlight the distributive property—but they also include something mysterious. Beyond Objectives: Access and Equity Marjan Hong explores questions about teachers’ transition to a dynamic inquiry-based learning environment and how to prepare beyond-objectives lessons. Beyond Objectives: High School Reality Marjan Hong explores questions about teachers’ transition to a dynamic inquiry-based learning environment and how to prepare beyond-objectives lessons. Beyond Objectives: Preparation Marjan Hong explores questions about teachers’ transition to a dynamic inquiry-based learning environment and how to prepare beyond-objectives lessons. Beyond Objectives As teachers with thirty to forty students from diverse backgrounds and varied mathematical experiences, is it possible to effortlessly and successfully transition to a dynamic inquiry-based learning environment in our classrooms? Marjan Hong explores these questions and considers what beyond-objectives lessons might look like. Aspects of Problem-Based Teaching: Student Conversations Problem-based learning (PBL) speaks to many of the practice standards and recommended teaching practices, but is not as easy as it sounds. Schettino’s fourth posting looks at student conversations. Aspects of Problem-Based Teaching: Assessment Problem-based learning speaks to many of the practice standards and recommended teaching practices, but is not as easy as it sounds. Schettino’s third posting looks at assessment. Aspects of Problem-Based Teaching: the Need for Community Problem-based learning speaks to many of the practice standards and recommended teaching practices, but is not as easy as it sounds. Schettino’s second posting looks at teachers’ need for community. Aspects of Problem-Based Teaching Problem-based learning speaks to many of the practice standards and recommended teaching practices, but it is not as easy as it sounds. Unconventional Quizzes that Liven Up My Classroom Math quizzes can be engaging, affirming, and even fun! These quizzes are collaborative (group work), formative (identifies what still needs work), or full information (students have complete prior knowledge of the questions). These quizzes can boost self-confidence, reward persistence, and encourage a growth mindset.
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