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Topic: Fractals
Replies: 29   Last Post: May 9, 1995 10:14 AM

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Janet V Smith

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Re: Fractals
Posted: May 6, 1995 9:41 PM
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Andrei,

Regarding what my students learned as a result of exploring fractals-I am
afraid you will have to take my professional observations. I do not have
a check off list of what discrete skills my students grew more competent
in, such as long divisions, or time/rate problems. I can tell you that my
students greatly increased their conceptual knowledge of infinity, they
also got a preview of some problems they will revisit in the future. They
displayed perseverance as problem solvers, which I believe strengthens
their ability to solve all problems. They also got a glimpse at what they
rarely see-the beauty of mathematics. They wrote thoughtful responses and
were able to predict what fractals would look like in future generations
of iterations. This may not sound like much to you, but I was delighted
with their efforts and results.

Janet Smith







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