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August 15 2005                                 Vol. 10, No. 33


               Kitchen Table Math | TinkerPlots
     Finding Common Ground in K-12 Mathematics Education

                      KITCHEN TABLE MATH

  Kitchen Table Math (KTM) is a collaborative weblog that began
  when Catherine Johnson's son "...finished out the school
  year with a 39 on his Unit 6 test, Fractions and Decimals....
  Later on I discovered that fractions are the 'bottleneck' in
  elementary mathematics; lives are lost in the struggle to
  learn fractions."

  Johnson, mathematician Carolyn Johnston, and other members
  pursue three goals: "have fun, share ways of teaching kids
  math, and support people who want to help kids learn math."

  Register to participate in the bliki (part-blog, part-wiki)
  and discuss current issues in math teaching.

  Use the sidebar to:

    - Navigate KTM
    - Kitchen Table Math
    - KTM User Pages
    - Service Groups
    - Parent Groups
    - Personal Pages
    - Blogs
    - Special Lists
    - Help




  TinkerPlots is software for dynamic data exploration and
  analysis field-tested with math classes grades 4-8.

  It lets you stack, order, and separate data to represent them
  in over a dozen different ways, including

    - dot plots
    - map graphs
    - histograms
    - scatter plots
    - box graphs
    - pie graphs

  Drag existing data points, and watch TinkerPlots dynamically
  change measures such as mean, median, and mode. Highlight a
  case in one graph to see where it is in all the other graphs.

  Students can create, import, or download data relevant to
  their classes, or investigate more than 40 data sets included
  with TinkerPlots. They can also add text and pictures, turning
  a TinkerPlots file into a colorful report.

  Download Instructor's Evaluation Edition

  Watch Movie Clips




  The purpose of this list is to foster communication within
  the Fathom and Tinkerplots user community. Topics
  appropriate for discussion include:

    - how to use Fathom and Tinkerplots effectively in
      teaching mathematics, statistics, and data analysis

    - problems (both technical and pedagogical) in using
      Fathom and Tinkerplots

    - ideas about the evolving nature of a dynamic data
      analysis environment




  To advance the discourse about how to improve K-12
  mathematics teaching and learning, the Mathematical
  Association of America (MAA) convened individuals thought
  to be strongly aligned with different sides in what has
  come to be known as the "Math Wars."

  At NSF in December, 2004, and at MAA offices in June, 2005,
  Dr. Richard Schaar, Math and Science Education Policy Advisor
  at Texas Instruments, moderated two pilot meetings between
  these mathematicians and mathematics educators:

    - R. James Milgram, Professor of Mathematics,
      Stanford University
    - Wilfried Schmid, Professor of Mathematics,
      Harvard University
    - Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Professor of Education,
      University of Michigan
    - Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Associate Dean for Science and
      Mathematics Education and Outreach,
      Michigan State University
    - Jeremy Kilpatrick, Professor of Mathematics Education,
      The University of Georgia

  These meetings demonstrated that common ground does exist,
  and resulted in a document designed to serve as a starting
  point for future conversations. The full text of the document
  is available from the site in HTML or PDF format.


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