Finding a Balance in Teaching Mathematics Using
Manipulatives, Activities, Exercises and Technology

presented by Suzanne Alejandre

at the 77th NCTM Annual Meeting in San Francisco
Session 590
Moscone Convention Center
Room 110, computer lab (Macintosh)
Friday, 23 April, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon

Presentation Handouts
Agenda || Operations w/ Integers || Traffic Jam || Spreadsheet Lesson || Dr. Math - Probability
Goals of the Workshop:
  • To show that technology, particularly the Internet, can be used together with manipulatives, activities, and exercises as a tool for teaching mathematics effectively.
  • To help mathematics teachers think of places in their curricula that align with available Web page lessons.


In the summer of 1996, I learned to write Web pages as a participant in a Summer Institute offered by the Math Forum. The following year I taught one section of 8th grade mathematics in a Macintosh computer lab with 10 Internet-accessible computers.

During the 1997-98 school year I taught two sections of 7th grade mathematics in a two-hour block schedule, making use of two rooms - one hour in a classroom with tables, and a second continuing hour in a Macintosh computer lab with 20 Internet-accessible computers.

This school year I am again teaching two sections of 7th grade mathematics, in a classroom three days a week and the Macintosh computer lab two days a week. I was hoping to have 36 Internet-accessible computers, but that probably won't happen until the end of the year. Because my students have limited Internet access this year, I have made extensive use of simulated Web pages.

I have written Web pages for Math 8 and Math 7 classes both for direct student use and as a record for myself. In addition, I enjoy sharing with teachers in my own school and with others via the Internet the curriculum and the expertise that I am developing in using the Internet as an effective tool for teaching mathematics.


My presentation will be a hands-on demonstration of how I use manipulatives, activities, exercises, and technology - software that I have found and aligned with the curriculum, and Web pages that I have written - to teach mathematics to middle school students.

Participants will work through at least one example of an activity that has all the components I have mentioned: manipulative, activity, exercise, and technology. A discussion of how to develop a mathematics curriculum that encompasses the use of all of these tools will be an important feature of the program.


  Suzanne's Mathematics Lessons

        Tessellation Tutorials

        Magic Squares

        Polyhedra Unit

        Traffic Jam Activity

  Math 7 Lessons
        Unit 7
        Unit 8
        Unit 9
  Unit 10
Unit 11
Unit 12
  Interdisciplinary Lessons

        Book Report/Data Project


        Science Fair Project

        Probability Project

        Sea World Project

        Wild Animal Park Project

        Student Led Conferences

        Multicultural Math Fair

  Web Workshop Ideas


  The Math Forum

  SCORE Mathematics


  1989 NCTM Standards

  NCTM Standards 2000 Project

  CA Mathematics Standards

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