Build a Sierpinski Pyramid
Students from Anoka High School, located in Anoka, Minnesota, built a nineteen-foot-tall Sierpinski pyramid in the Minneapolis Convention Center in conjunction with the NCTM's 75th Annual Meeting in April 1997. This activity was part of a unit on fractal geometry.
A Survey on the Use of Writing-to-Learn in Mathematics Classes
A recent survey of mathematics teachers in New York (Silver 1997) furnishes information that may trouble or encourage educators, depending on their views of how mathematics should be taught. The 117 respondents to this survey teach at all levels and are all members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
Math-Abused Students: Are We Prepared to Teach Them?
This article deals with students whose math anxiety resulted from past verbal or physical abuse, in particular, abuse by a teacher or parent while doing mathematics. Let us define math abuse as any negative experience related to an individual's doing mathematics.
Exploring the Birthday Problem with Spreadsheets
The "birthday problem" is one of several examples (Shaughnessy 1977, 1992) that illustrate students' tendency to underestimate the probability of an event's occurring at least once.