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April 2007, Volume 13, Issue 8

FEATURES

The Mathematics Survey: Reflect and Discuss

Questions related to “The Mathematics Survey: A Tool for Assessing Attitudes and Dispositions” are suggested prompts to aid you in reflecting on the article and on how the author’s ideas might benefit your own classroom practice.

Family Math Nights: Collaborative Celebrations of Mathematical Learning
Andrea Lachance
This article describes a collaborative model for organizing schoolwide family math nights. College instructors work with their preservice teachers and local classroom teachers to organize this event. This model allows for a sharing of the work of holding such an event and gives preservice teachers the opportunity to work on fun and engaging mathematics activities with children and parents.

The Empty Number Line: A Useful Tool or Just Another Procedure?
Janette Bobis
An exploration of the origins and potential benefits of the empty number line for the development of mental computation, and a learner's perspective of its use through the reflections of nine-year-old Emily.

The Mathematics Survey: A Tool for Assessing Attitudes and Dispositions - Reflect and Discuss
Phyllis Whitin
How a survey designed to assess attitudes and dispositions about mathematics informed curricular decision making in a fourth-grade setting. By providing opportunities for students to reflect and express their attitudes, both at the beginning and end of the year, one may recognize opportunities to modify instruction to refine teaching.

Deepening Teachers' Understanding of Place Value
Theresa Hopkins, Jo Cady
This article reports on the use of a unique number system to facilitate teachers' understanding of the concepts of place value. Teachers' mastery of base-ten may hinder their recognition of the difficulties students have with place value, so the authors created a number system that used five symbols to represent values.