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Volume 4, Number 39A  -  September 1999 Discussions

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29 September 1999                                Vol. 4, No. 39A


  This special issue of the Math Forum's weekly newsletter
  highlights recent interesting conversations on Internet 
  math discussion groups.

  For a full list of these groups with links to topics covered
  and information on how to subscribe, see:


  Replies to individual discussions should be addressed to
  the appropriate group rather than to the newsletter editor.

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                       SEPTEMBER SUGGESTIONS:


- "counting" homework? (30 Aug. 1999)

 "... a theoretical question as school will begin for me next 
  week - what do you do about 'counting' homework?" - Diggle

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- Mobius Strip (21 Jan. 1999)

 "I am an education student who is looking for a new and 
  exciting way to teach students about the Mobius Strip..."
  - Tamara

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- Wiles on Doing Mathematics (6 Sept. 1999)

 "'Perhaps I can best describe my experience of doing 
  mathematics in terms of a journey through a dark unexplored 
  mansion...' ...suppose we cut the time scale down so that 
  each room of the mansion corresponds to a 50-minute class 
  period...? ... It seems that a crucial question is whether 
  or not you want most of your students [audience] *doing* 
  mathematics along with you ..." - John Pais

- Lecturing and Levels (2 Sept. 1999)

 "Is there something fundamentally different about the way 
  that learning takes place at different levels?" - Chris Grant

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- Literature vs Math (22 Sept. 1999)

 "I am being called on to write an essay comparing the 
  disciplines of math and literature... I've started with the 
  idea that both the written word and mathematics are forms 
  of communication, that both literature and math can be used 
  to describe an idea or to present facts..." - Talia

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- Marshack & When begins mathematics? (24 Aug. 1999)

- Identifying mathematics [was: Marshack & When begins 
  mathematics?] (29 Aug. 1999)

- Inborn math thinking (was: Identifying mathematics) (7 Sept.

- Early counting (from: Inborn math thinking) (8 Sept. 1999)

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                           NEW LISTS:


Established to facilitate the discussion of teaching and 
researching of discrete mathematics at all levels, discretemath
began as a closed list for the researchers and educators who 
participated in the Rutgers University Discrete Math and 
Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) 1999 Research and 
Education Institute (DREI): Graph Theory and Its Applications 
to Problems of Society. The list now welcomes any individuals 
interested in discrete math research or pedagogy.


A list to foster communication within the Fathom user community
(Fathom is dynamic statistics software from Key Curriculum 
Press, Topics appropriate 
for discussion include how to use Fathom effectively in 
teaching statistics and mathematics; problems (both technical 
and pedagogical) in using Fathom; and ideas about the evolving 
nature of a dynamic statistics environment. 

WEBMATH - Canadian Mathematical Society (CAMEL)

A mailing list for anyone interested in mathematics on the 
Web: educators involved in in technology and pedagogy; 
companies wanting feedback from users about new products; 
editors or publishers of online journals engaged in writing, 
formatting, citing, and archiving math on the Web; or
researchers keeping tabs on what's happening on the Web and 
who's making it happen. To sign up, visit:

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Continued participation is encouraged in the Forum's
invites you to share your ideas, questions, and experiences 
from teaching TERC's Investigations in Number, Data and Space.
Levels include grades K-1; 2-3; 4-5; and special needs students.

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