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April 1999, Volume 5, Issue 8

FEATURES

Generative Topics: Building a Curriculum around Big Ideas
Ron Ritchhart
Through the regular use of generative topics, students develop a sense of curiosity about, and appreciation of, mathematics while acquiring skills within the context of their application rather than in isolation. Through generative topics, both students and teachers can explore and exploit a world of deep, rich, and powerful mathematics that has both focus and coherence.

Creating Opportunities for Children to Think Mathematically
Ann Kajander
Author believes that some students clearly possess ingenuity and mathematical intuition but are not good at more structured algorithmic learning. More emphasis on the creative aspects of mathematics would allow these students, among others, to enjoy mathematical activities.