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Friday, January 2nd, 2009
11:27 am
Great article about teaching algebra in elementary school
Lebanon schools turn algebra into child's play

While most high schools in Oregon and across the nation struggle to get freshmen to pass algebra, one school district is trying something very different.

Lebanon, which educates 4,000 students in eight schools, is pushing algebra on students as early as first grade. And the kids are getting it.

More than 80 percent of Lebanon eighth-graders passed the state math test, compared with 66 percent at schools with similar demographics. No other large or medium-size Oregon district outdid its peers by 15 percentage points.


Among the key elements: Begin simple algebra and multiplication by first grade; have every child talk extensively about his or her mathematical reasoning; let students set up their own problems and equations and allow them to use big numbers if they choose; cover few topics in great depth; use lots of visual and hands-on modeling to make math ideas concrete.

"Something happens when they play with numbers every day -- numbers they come up with themselves, equations they write themselves," says Marla Ernst, a teacher who also coaches fellow teachers. She is largely responsible for finding the approach and spreading it districtwide. "They get an innate sense of what is seven, what is a fraction."


In primary classrooms in Lebanon, students deftly use number lines, work with negative numbers and solve basic algebraic equations. Few students sit stumped on the sidelines.

The day that (2 x 19) - 16 was one of the warmup equations in Beth Moore's third-grade classroom, every hand went up when she asked how they'd solved 2 times 19 in their heads so quickly.

Says 9-year-old Casey McEuen : "Sometimes the problems can be very hard and difficult, but we can figure it out."

Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2008/12/math_education.html
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
11:45 pm
Middle School and High School Math Textbooks
I'm an aspiring middle school and high school math tutor and I was wondering what textbooks teachers are using now so I can buy a copy and start remembering how to do Algrebra, Geometry, Trig etc etc.

Thanks, Sara
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
3:21 pm
Possible Free Money, Free Casio Device
Casio appears to be offering a $100 debit card for completing what I'm told is a 3-hour online training on their "fx-9860G slim" and a free ClassPad 330 for completing a longer online training on that device. There's lots of terms and conditions and whatnot, but all the details are on their web site: http://www.casioeducation.com/onlinetraining/.
Monday, July 28th, 2008
2:27 am
does anybody know where i can get a good deal on laptop overhead projectors? i guess they're called LCD projectors? i may invest my own $$ in this cuz there's a crapton of flash aps and other web content online for geometry.
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
3:03 pm
Great movie...
If you're a teacher, you should see the film Chalk. If you're a student, you should DEFINITELY see the film Chalk. Presented by Morgan Spurlock (the guy who did Super Size Me), this film is like The Office, but in a school setting. I know a couple teachers and while I have no idea what teaching is like, a friend of mine who teaches science told me it's not far from the truth. Which is scary, because this is a mockumentary.

Anyway, I thought y'all might like it. Enjoy!


X-posted... everywhere? :)
Monday, April 7th, 2008
9:24 am
Time traveller Napoleon War and Math
 Hello! I am math teacher  and ,actually I am writing books that help me to share my teachings: math + art + Science and history

It is a way to demystify those subjects
Mathematics is always present in the solution of enigmas, tactics and decision making in epic battles and during the investigation of a mystery.
I d like to invite you to read some page:

CAIUS ZIP, The Time Traveller, IN:
How some mathematical calculations can be crucial
for taking strategic decisions in this battle of empires


After the story, in a very original manner, Napoleon tells us his memories of that time.



Sunday, December 30th, 2007
12:54 pm
Help with a research project and support charities at the same time!

As part of my phD research project in English linguistics, I have developed a questionnaire.
I need quite a number of U.S. American teachers to answer it.

Now, this questionnaire does not actually ask for your personal opinions, it merely gives opinion statements and asks you which one sounds more positive. E.g. „I enjoy ice cream from time to time.“ vs. „Ice cream is the very best thing in the world.“ (The actual questionnaire, of course, has nothing to do with ice cream – that‘s just an example of the type of questions asked.)
I have decided to give an extra incentive for all volunteers. I cannot ‘pay’ you, but I offer to make a donation of 2$ for every completed questionnaire. And, the best thing: Every volunteer can decide to which organization his/her money will go! You can choose between
The American Red Cross,
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,
Teaching inc.
Additionally, if I get at least 20 completed questionnaires, I will add further 10 dollars to the donation sum of one of these institutions, and if I get 40, again, 10 more dollars. That’s, of course, only a small symbolic ‘thank you’ gesture to express my sincere gratitude for your time and effort!

Answering the complete questionnaire will take – based on how quick a reader you are – 5 to 10 minutes.

If you would like to participate, just send me a PM or E-mail, and you will receive your username, a password and a URL. At the end of the questionnaire you have the option to enter your e-mail address. If you do so, you will receive updates on how the project progresses and how much money will be donated.

Thank you very much!

Judith Buendgens-Kosten

Thursday, December 6th, 2007
8:54 pm

dear members of community, i need your help a lot!

the problem is - i can't find any info on topic
"theory of divisibility in the ring of polynomials with TWO variables and their usage"

i've looked through all catalogues of our uni library but in vain, there is only one Russian book which is not enough for my research.

if you can advise relevant links on free e-materials or send me the scanned books on topic (bereginya4891@ukr.net), i'll be very-very grateful!


Sunday, November 25th, 2007
12:45 pm
Review Games
I need relatively non-competitive but highly engaging review activities for students who haven't been paying attention in class for the past three weeks.

Some background on my classCollapse )

I like activities that have students leading the class, but so few students actually get the material that most don't want to get up and explain things and the students who don't get it don't want to listen to the students who do. My classroom management is less than stellar so I have trouble when I want students to do things for me.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
10:14 am
Book going out of print
Pat Kenschaft, a mathematician retired from Montclair State University, wrote a book for parents called Math Power: How to Help Your Child Love Math Even If You Don't. It's about to go out of print, despite being well-received in the mathematical community. Pat wants to get as many copies of it out in the world as possible and is organizing one last order with her publisher.

The text of her email is here.Collapse )

I thought I'd pass this on so you can get one if you want. If you work in a school or a library, note that she will be happy to send a free autographed copy for the library. Send her an email at the address under the cut if you're interested, and feel free to pass this on.
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
3:58 pm
Problem Solving & Proofs AND Elementary Number Theory
Oh Gods... Today was my second day to my Math classes on Problem Solving & Proofs AND Elemenary Number Theory and I am crushed. I almost cried. I felt I was this little 15 year old fresh off the boat Vietnamese in the United States. I haven't had this feelings in a long time. Is it because I haven't touched a Math book for a long time or I am just not Math savvy?

Anyway nyone who knows good sources for these courses will be my HERO.


Current Mood: clueless
Monday, August 13th, 2007
7:22 pm
does anybody know where i could get a oversized compass for teaching geometry? i tried staples and the local art supply store, but no go.
Friday, August 3rd, 2007
7:51 am
praxis help!!!
i just received my praxis I scores and i sucked. i passed math (go figure) but failed reading by 1 point and writing by 2 (always sucked at these two categories). i probably deserved it one i took the tests blindly (no preparations what-so-ever) two i suck. does anyone know a good free (well free is good ;) )website/s so that i can prep before re-taking these two portions? i saw barns&nobles has some prep materials but i dont want to pay for anything yet unless there are no good free sources out there.
Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
11:24 am
Algebra 2 suggestions?
Hi!  I'm new to the community.  I am going to be teaching Algebra 2 this summer, and I was wondering if anyone here had any suggestions of interesting projects I could have them do.  Or if there are any helpful websites and such for Algebra 2.  Thanks!

x-posted in Math Teachers community.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
12:54 pm
Prospective Teacher
Alright, I'm currently serving in the US Navy in Virginia, and due to my duties, am unable to attend college in a normal classroom setting. I have about two & a half years left in my enlistment, and am looking to earn a bachelors in teaching/math so I can teach high school once I get out. Does anyone out there know of a college or university that actually offers degrees that meet typical certification requirements?
Sunday, March 18th, 2007
6:20 pm
leaving the community.
Well . . . It's been a long and interesting journey. I have two full weeks of actual teaching before my student teaching ends and then I am elidgable for a degree and certification . . .

but I've decided that I no longer want to pursue a career in teaching.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.Collapse )
Tuesday, December 5th, 2006
7:16 pm
It says the typical state math curriculum runs a mile wide and an inch deep, resulting in students being introduced to too many concepts but mastering too few, and urges educators to slim down those lessons.

Some scholars say the American approach to math instruction has allowed students to fall behind those in Singapore, Japan and a dozen other nations. In most states, they say, the math curriculum has swelled into a thick catalogue of skills that students are supposed to master to attain "proficiency" under the federal No Child Left Behind mandate.

The report urges teachers to focus on three broad concepts in each grade and on a few key subjects -- including the base-10 number system, fractions, decimals, geometry and algebra -- that form the core of math education in higher-achieving nations. Some are calling Focal Points the most significant publication in the field since the 1980s.

Maryland math leaders meet today -- and D.C. math educators gather tomorrow -- to discuss Curriculum Focal Points, a new document from the influential National Council of Teachers of Mathematics that could profoundly influence math instruction in the region and nationwide.


Friday, October 20th, 2006
1:08 pm
ASABE^100 HS Competition
I just saw this! It's a chance for our students to shine!

ASABE^100 High School Multi-Media Competition

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has announced the launch of a multi-media competition for high school students, with the purpose of increasing the understanding of the profession of agricultural and biological engineering.

The ASABE^100 Competition aims to motivate students to consider what our lives would be like were we not to enjoy the advances made over the past century by agricultural and biological engineers. Such advances had obvious impact on farming as a livelihood, but they also caused numerous other shifts in the way society functions and in our quality of life.

The contest is open to all students in grades 9 through 12 and comprises three elements: a short essay and two visual supplements. State winners will move on to district-level judging, district winners will advance to national-level judging, and among national winners three finalists will be selected to attend the ASABE 2007 Annual International Meeting, June 17-20, in Minneapolis, MN where they will be required to make a live oral presentation.

For more information, please visit http://www.asabe.org/pr/asabe100comp/index.html.


Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, September 24th, 2006
5:50 pm
Hey everyone.  I teach 7th and 8th grade math, and I'm getting observed on Tuesday for one of my 7th grade classes.  It's the first day of the Integers and Absolute Value unit.  Absolute Value is a 6th grade topic, so I'll only be reviewing the concept.  Does anyone have any fun ideas on how to get them involved in the lesson?  I was thinking of going out and getting the widest masking tape I can find, and making a huge number line on my classroom floor.  This'll be good to use when we get into adding and subtracting integers in the next lesson.  Then having them get up and stand on the number line.  Any suggestions would be great!  Thanks :)

My principal loves anything kinesthetic or hands on.  I also want to have them try to develop the definition of "the distance from zero" instead of just telling them.
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
9:30 pm
okay. this may seem like a dumb question, but bear with me.

i'm having a hell of a time washing my transparencies every couple of days, and there's got to be a better way! i soak them in the tub with hot water and dish soap for few minutes and then have to lightly scrub each one individually, rinse each one individually, and dry each one individually [as they won't dry if you simply stack them]. i can't just rinse them because the heat of the overhead cakes the ink on. i've also tried cleaning them with paper towels and cleaning solution but that takes forever too and you waste so many paper towels! aaand, i don't want to toss them because a) they're supposed to be reusable and b)who wants to buy a new box every week?!

it's driving me crazy. as a math teacher, i write a heck of a lot and i have no other options but the overhead, as i have no chalk/white board [i have walls covered in cork-board... don't ask.]

any suggestions??
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