September 14, 2007
Volume 12 No. 37

In This Issue

The Exponential Curve - Dan Greene

What Is Blogger?

Materials for Math Teaching - Antonija Horvatek

Noetic Learning Math Worksheet Creator


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For teachers of students in grades 3-5:
Tools for Building Math Concepts

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

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For students in grades 9-10:
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The Exponential Curve - Dan Greene

A blog by Dan Greene, a math teacher at Downtown College Prep charter high school (San Jose, California), where the students "... are primarily Latino, are far below grade level in their math and reading skills, and will be the first in their families to go to college. We refer to our students as being on an exponential learning curve: the average level in math of our incoming freshmen is 5th grade, and we need to get them to a 12th grade level in 4 short years."

Greene describes the purpose of his blog, which dates back to June, 2006, as helping "generate and share ideas for teaching high school math concepts to students whose skills are below grade level."

Posts have included

  • Next Lesson: Rational Functions
  • I'm more afraid of the midterm than they are...
  • NCTM standards vs. California Algebra standards?
  • Next Lesson: The Hidden Dangers of Simplifying
  • Yours is not to reason why...just invert and multiply!

What Is Blogger?

To produce "The Exponential Curve," Greene uses Blogger, a free web-based tool for publishing to the web instantly. Blogger automates the blog publishing process while letting you retain total control over the look and location of your blog. Just submit a simple form on the Blogger web site -- no server software or scripts required.

Materials for Math Teaching - Antonija Horvatek

Antonija Horvatek, a math teacher in Croatia, offers her Geometer's Sketchpad (.gsp) files and Power Point (.ppt) files that explain:

  • fractions
  • decimal numbers
  • integers
  • rational numbers
  • equations
  • functions
  • perimeter and area
  • plane transformations
  • Pythagoras' theorem
  • space geometry
  • statistics and probability

We discovered Antonija's materials from her post on the discussion hosted on the Math Forum site:

Noetic Learning Math Worksheet Creator

Noetic Learning LLC offers a worksheet generator for the following topics:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Money


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