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April 2011, Volume 104, Issue 8

FEATURES

Flower Power - Sunflowers as a Model for Logistic Growth
Eileen Fernández and Kristi A. Geist
Using sunflowers and a spreadsheet, precalculus and calculus students derive, develop, and explore a model for logistic growth.

Learning to Map and Mapping to Learn Our Students' Worlds
Laurie H. Rubel, Haiwen Chu, and Lauren Shookhoff
Maps at four levels of scale—global, national, regional, and local—provide a context for mathematical investigations that help teachers learn about their students.

A Conceptual Approach to Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities
Mark W. Ellis and Janet L. Bryson
Using number lines sweeps away the mystery of working with absolute values and empowers students to make connections between procedures and concepts.

Additional problems relating to absolute value (PDF)

Integrating Mathematical, Technologic, and Pedgogical Knowledge in Teacher Preparation
Kady Schneiter, Brynja R. Kohler, and Brandon J. Watts
A capstone sequence of courses for preservice teachers helps them learn relevant mathematics content more deeply.

Robotics 101
Alan Sultan
In a real-life application of trigonometric identities, students learn how to move a robot’s arms.

Do It Right - Strategies for Implementing Technology
Karen D. Campe
These classroom-tested strategies enable teachers to make the best use of available technology to enhance students’ mathematical success.

Author Guidelines for Mathematics Teacher

Writing about your work and getting published can be a rewarding personal and professional development experience. This article contains author guidelines formulated by the MT Editorial Panel.