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December 2003, Volume 10, Issue 4

FEATURES

Encouraging Perseverance in Elementary Mathematics: A Tale of Two Problems
Doug Clarke, Barbara Clarke
A second-grade class works on two challenging but engaging problems. Although it took students several days to solve the problems, the classroom atmosphere of persistence and perseverance that their teacher created helped them relish the challenge.

Transition Points
Marion Caldwell
An incentive system to manage classroom behavior based on mathematics skills and concepts. Teachers can adapt "Transition Points" to reinforce their own mathematics curriculum and to encourage behavior that they feel is important in their own classrooms.

Metaphors as a Vehicle for Exploring Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Mathematics
Brenda Wolodko, Katherine Willson, Richard Johnson
An approach used in a mathematics methods course in which preservice teachers were asked to create visual metaphors of themselves as mathematics learners and teachers.