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Topic: Middle School PoW: Volume Experiment
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Judy Ann Brown

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Middle School PoW: Volume Experiment
Posted: Jul 14, 2000 5:59 PM
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As a former 8th grade math teacher and the administrator for the
Middle School Problem of the Week I am very interested in how middle
school students learn mathematics and communicate what they have

You may wonder where we get the ideas for our problems. Well, the
simple answer is that there is math all around us and when you have to
create a new problem by midnight each Wednesday you begin to look
closely at the math.

Sometimes our ideas come from other projects that involve Math Forum
staff and teachers. This was the case for the Volume Experiment
posted on October 25, 1999. This problem was developed in connection
with The Math Forum's Bridging Research and Practice Group. At the
time, this group was working on a videopaper entitled "Encouraging
Mathematical Thinking, Discourse around a Rich Problem." You can now
view this videopaper at . I hope
that you will review the Volume Experiment problem, read the
videopaper, and share your thoughts.

I would like tho hear ideas from teachers who have developed plans on
how to best use this problem or any others with students.


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