I have been asked to edit the "Activities" page in The Mathematics Teacher. Until October 95 (which corresponds to the issues in the 95-96 school year,) I will be co-editing with Tim Craine. Then I will be in charge of the nine issues in the 96-97 school year.
My goals as editor are:
* To support teachers of math in grades 8-14 who are struggling to implement the NCTM Standards in a world where in spite of superficial changes, most textbooks do not.
* To encourage fellow teachers to write up activities they have created and found successful. All of us can think about contributing to math education beyond the walls of our own classroom and school.
I may end up writing one or more of the activities myself, but the purpose of this letter is to ask you, your colleagues, or high school teachers you know, to contribute to the column. After the Calendar, the Activities column is the most popular item in The Mathematics Teacher. Please take a look at the past few to get a sense of what's expected, and start thinking about what you would like to write, or who you might encourage to contribute. The format is a total of 6-9 pages in the journal, optionally including one to four worksheets for the student.
In order for these activities to actually be used by the largest possible number of readers of The Mathematics Teacher, I want to emphasize lessons that would be usable in grades 8-10. If an activity is in a part of math that is not traditionally taught in high school, I would suggest that connections be made with the traditional curriculum. This will make it more appealing to both teachers and students, while helping them take steps towards new subject matter.
If you have more than one idea, please share the whole list with me. The earlier you get in touch with me, the more likely it is that I will be able to use your submission(s). If you want my help at any stage of manuscript preparation, and to any degree, just ask. My basic plan is to work with the author until we get to a manuscript we are both happy with. At that point, I will send it out to other reviewers / editors for additional feedback and fine-tuning.
I hope to hear from you soon!
-- Henri Picciotto
firstname.lastname@example.org (919) 929-8446 -- until July 16 (510) 524-3311 -- starting August 7