This upcoming year, with my math students (all four levels, since we group homogeneously in the eighth grade for mathematics), I want to focus on buiding a conceptual understanding of geometry and mathematical concepts using drawing programs. I plan on writing a series of math lessons which are easily understood by middle school and elementary school teachers. I will implement these lessons weekly with my classes using my powerbook which will be connected to a large TV monitor I have purchased for every day instruction in my eighth grade mathematics classroom. I will also test these individual lessons in the field with my computer club students. Interested students will create transparencies of their own work/discoveries which I will print using an inexpensive Color Stylewriter printer. The transparencies, along with a written report done by the student (can be used as assessment), will be displayed in a central location for parents, teachers and administrators at the end of the school year. Interested parents will be called in to assist me in the discovery type lab sessions I will conduct with students. In this way parents will learn what we are doing and be available to assist me in managing to help students in a lab setting where lots of individual interaction/attention is needed. At the end of the year, if I can manage to save for a thermal wax-dye sublimination printer, students can create mathematical t-shirts and/or mugs of their perfected refined work. This will be a reward for their year long efforts. One of our textbooks is entitled, "Integrated Mathematics". These activities will supplement, reinforce and enhance units of study (actually, chapters) from the text book. I really want ALL levels of students to participate/gain from these experiences. Therefore, I will be working on basic concepts (fractions, percents, decimal and so on) in addition to more advanced topics for higher functioning eighth graders.
I am interested in speaking to or writing to people who have interests along these lines. My email address is:
I have had a lot of family needs/commitments to address lately, but I am going to try to participate in some of the on-line events.