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Volume 8, Number 3

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20 January 2003                                 Vol. 8, No. 3

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            Math Lessons for Math Teachers - Picciotto
 The Math Projects Journal | Michigan Teacher Network | NSDL


               MATH LESSONS FOR MATH TEACHERS
                      by Henri Picciotto

          http://www.picciotto.org/math-ed/teachers/

  Picciotto links to or references lessons which he has used
  to help middle school and high school teachers develop more
  depth of understanding of pre-college math. Most of the
  lessons are based on ideas that are accessible to students,
  though not at the same depth.

    Concept Analysis
    Look at familiar material from unfamiliar angles, in order to
    increase depth of understanding.
      - Function Diagrams
      - Iterating Linear Functions
 
    Problem Analysis
    Start with a problem that can be posed to students, and end with an
    analysis at a deeper level, generally by seeking generalization
    and/or proof.
      - Staircases (PDF)
      - Pattern Block Trains (PDF)

    Formal Development
    Put pre-college mathematics in a more formal framework.
      - Abstract Algebra
      - Geometry of Linear Graphs (PDF)
 
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                  THE MATH PROJECTS JOURNAL
            Edited by Greg Rhodes and Chris Shore

            http://www.mathprojects.com/about.asp

  The Math Projects Journal is a bimonthly publication
  offering tips and lesson plans for math activities,
  discussions on relevant topics, and contributions from
  teachers around the world. The purpose of the newsletter
  is to create a network of math project enthusiasts and share
  engaging, classroom-tested ideas for teaching mathematics,
  especially for algebra and geometry.

  Each issue of MPJ is twelve pages long and consists of
  articles, discussions and, most importantly, projects
  (usually two or three of them). Since collaboration is one
  of their main goals, every issue includes a Site License,
  which allows you to reproduce and distribute any part of the
  journal within your school.

  Subscriptions cost $30 per year (6 issues). Order back
  issues for $5 per issue.

  Browse descriptions of back issues:
  http://www.mathprojects.com/issues/browser/default.asp
 
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                  MICHIGAN TEACHER NETWORK

               http://mtn.merit.edu/math.html

  The Michigan Teacher Network (MTN), providing access to K-12
  education-related Web resources, is one of the featured
  collections of the recently launched National Science Digital
  Library.

  The sites listed on the Michigan Teacher Network have been
  evaluated for quality, relevance, and effectiveness. MTN
  describes thousands of resources that can be used with
  students in the classroom, with teachers for professional
  development, and by educators for planning and problem solving.

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         THE NATIONAL SCIENCE DIGITAL LIBRARY (NSDL)

                       http://nsdl.org

  NSDL is a comprehensive, online source for science,
  technology, engineering and mathematics education. The NSDL
  mission is to both deepen and extend science literacy through
  access to materials and methods that reveal the nature of the
  physical universe and the intellectual means by which we
  discover and understand it.

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