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Johann W. Sarmiento

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Registered: 1/25/05
Math Chats for Students
Posted: Dec 20, 2004 3:24 PM
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Dear Math Teacher,

The Math Forum has been exploring a new service for students to
participate in collaborative problem-solving sessions (Math Chats)
over the Internet, and we are interested in connecting with teachers
who would like their students to participate.  If you would like to
explore the possibility of participating in this research project,
please send an e-mail to providing the
following information:

1.  Your name and e-mail.

2.  What types of problems or math topics would you most be
interested in having your students solve collaboratively?
(Their own homework problems?  SAT problems?  Their State Math test?
AP test problems?)

3.  For what course/grade level would you use this service?

4.  How often do you think these sessions should be offered at a
minimum, in order to be effective?

5.  We have experimented with sessions lasting at least an hour. How
long do you think each session should be?

6.  What will be the best times and days of the weeks for this service
to be offered? (Weekdays?  Weekends?  After School?)

7.  We have found that collaborative problem-solving of this type can
be fun and useful for all students, from high achieving to low
achieving. On which
students would you like to see the service focused?

8. When in the calendar would it work best for this program to start?
(We are hoping to start it in January)

Thanks a lot!

Johann W. Sarmiento
Virtual Math Teams (VMT)
The MathForum @ Drexel University

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