The Web often seems more like a maze than an organized set of resources. To help you find the classroom materials you need, the Math Forum plans a series of 'tours' of specific subjects that we hope will be useful to K-12 teachers at all levels.
We've pulled together materials from various sources and made a coherent set of easy-to-navigate Web pages. There are lesson plans, questions and answers from the Dr. Math archives, software suggestions, and resources for students.
The Math Forum is hosting an active Web-based conversation on Collaborative Learning, sparked by discussions around Ted Panitz' postings to amte and nctm-l (now known as math-teach).
According to Panitz, Collaborative learning (CL) is a personal philosophy, not just a classroom technique. It suggests a way of dealing with people in groups that respects and highlights individual group members' abilities and contributions, while promoting a sharing of authority and acceptance of responsibility for group actions. It is based on consensus-building through cooperation, rather than competition. Practitioners of CL apply this philosophy in the classroom, at committee meetings, with community groups, within their families, and generally as a way of living with and dealing with other people.
We invite you to read the discussion and post your own messages in response.