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10 March 1997 Vol. 2, No. 10 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Brain Teasers | Fractions Tour | Collaborative Learning BRAIN TEASERS - HOUGHTON MIFFLIN http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain/index.html Math puzzles for grades 3-4, 5-6, and 7+. You don't need to be a math whiz to solve them, just patience and a different way of looking at things. New puzzles and the answers to the previous week's puzzles are posted each Thursday. Helpful hints and an archive of past puzzles are included. Hosted by the Houghton Mifflin Math Center -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- A TOUR OF FRACTIONS - compiled by Mara Landers The Web often seems more like a maze than an organized set of resources. To help you find the classroom materials you need, the Math Forum plans a series of 'tours' of specific subjects that we hope will be useful to K-12 teachers at all levels. We begin with a TOUR OF FRACTIONS: http://mathforum.org/paths/fractions/ We've pulled together materials from various sources and made a coherent set of easy-to-navigate Web pages. There are lesson plans, questions and answers from the Dr. Math archives, software suggestions, and resources for students. Please send requests for another such tour to: the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- COLLABORATIVE LEARNING: AN ACTIVE DISCUSSION - compiled by Emma Stellman http://mathforum.org/discussions/co-learn/ The Math Forum is hosting an active Web-based conversation on Collaborative Learning, sparked by discussions around Ted Panitz' postings to amte and nctm-l (now known as math-teach). According to Panitz, Collaborative learning (CL) is a personal philosophy, not just a classroom technique. It suggests a way of dealing with people in groups that respects and highlights individual group members' abilities and contributions, while promoting a sharing of authority and acceptance of responsibility for group actions. It is based on consensus-building through cooperation, rather than competition. Practitioners of CL apply this philosophy in the classroom, at committee meetings, with community groups, within their families, and generally as a way of living with and dealing with other people. We invite you to read the discussion and post your own messages in response. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problem of the Week http://mathforum.org/geopow/ Internet Resources http://mathforum.org/~steve/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ | \ / | / \ / \ |

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