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Volume 5, Number 22

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29 May 2000                                  Vol. 5, No. 22

                 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

  U.K. & U.S. Numeracy Standards | MatheMUSEments - Peterson
               Economic & Game Theory - Levine


               THE NATIONAL NUMERACY STRATEGY
    Department for Education and Employment, United Kingdom

          http://www.standards.dfee.gov.uk/numeracy/

The Standards Site: Numeracy. Frameworks for teaching 
mathematics from Reception through Year 7, key elements of 
the training materials that will support the U.K.'s Numeracy 
Strategy. The site includes assessment in and planning the 
National Numeracy Strategy, schools and class organisation, 
Numeracy Framework material in PDF format, and key objectives. 

Read or download professional development materials: main 
objectives, teaching strategies, key mathematical ideas, mental 
and written methods, lesson plans, activities and worksheets, 
other ideas, organisation, and notes for each year-group's 
lessons. Other resources include: 

  - "Follow me" (or "Loop") cards, downloadable in PDF and 
     Microsoft Word files
  - mathematical vocabulary dictionaries and checklists that 
     identify words and phrases children need to understand and 
     use, addressing how children develop their understanding
     of mathematical vocabulary, the skill of questioning, and 
     questions to promote good dialogue and interaction
  - a "Maths from Stories" booklist with suggestions of
     literature that links with work in mathematics
  - term planning grid sheets
  - numeracy research documents, and more. 

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Compare U.K. examples and outcomes with the PRINCIPLES AND
STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL MATHEMATICS of the U.S. National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), a compilation 
of the lessons learned and experiences gained over the  
years since the 1989 Standards were released. 

The 2000 Standards site features: an online version of the
Standards (including illustrations, Java applets, and video
clips); information about the Standards and the process used
in their creation; information on the different formats 
available; previous standards; and related resources.

               http://www.nctm.org/standards/
 

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     MATHEMUSEMENTS: MATH MUSE FOR KIDS - Ivars Peterson

          http://home.att.net/~mathtrek/muse0500.htm

Weird Dice, like other MatheMUSEment articles written by
Peterson for children eight years old and up, provides early 
access to mathematics usually reserved for older students or 
adults. Topics such as probability, statistics, logic, 
symmetry, and geometry are introduced by means of
investigations into dice and lizard games, reflections in
mirrors and holiday ornaments, playground decisions, tying 
shoelaces, and numbers in nature. Browse the archive at:

          http://www.maa.org/news/muse_archives.html

Muse is produced 10 times a year by the publishers of 
Cricket magazine, in association with Smithsonian magazine.

             http://www.maa.org/news/mathmuse.html
  

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                    ECONOMIC AND GAME THEORY
       David K. Levine, Department of Economics, UCLA

                 http://levine.sscnet.ucla.edu/

  "Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt 
   from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves 
   of some defunct economist." - John Maynard Keynes

A site that uses the tools of modern economic theory and 
game theory to explore how the interaction of intelligent 
goal-seeking individuals determines social outcomes. 
General interest material, undergraduate and graduate 
course material, and original research are provided. Play
interactive games; download papers in PDF format, or post
questions and answers to the moderated Economic and Game
Theory Forum:

       http://levine.sscnet.ucla.edu/General/forum.htm
                
                   
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