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Welcome to the Teachers' Lounge. Read our conversations about teaching mathematics. You may wish to search by keyword or browse for topics that interest you.

Current conversations:
1. Pre-calculus
Selecting a textbook for pre-calculus classes and the use of calculators in these classes
- Date of thread's last activity: 14 August 2012

2. Research on use of math games
Research on the effectiveness of math games in the classroom.
- Date of thread's last activity: 23 July 2012

3. Math Anxiety
Discussion of math anxiety, its symptoms and effects in the classroom.
- Date of thread's last activity: 12 July 2012

4. Dividing fractions
Sometimes it seems like you can divide across instead of inverting and multiplying. Why?
- Date of thread's last activity: 7 June 2012

5. Measures of central tendency; median
Real life applications of measures of central tendency
- Date of thread's last activity: 4 June 2012

6. The change in emphasis and methods of teaching math
Teaching math with more emphasis on mental strategies and practical experiences and less emphasis on recording, particularly in the early years
- Date of thread's last activity: 28 May 2012

7. Assessment
What are authentic assessment, alternative assessment, performance assessment?
- Date of thread's last activity: 22 May 2012

8. Showing a student how to do division in the simpliest way
An alternative algorithm for long division, sometimes called the "partial quotients" method.
- Date of thread's last activity: 9 May 2012

9. Teaching fractions and perimeter
Activities to teach perimeter and fraction with tangrams and pattern blocks.
- Date of thread's last activity: 8 May 2012

10. Fractions
How to give general lessons about fractions to a middle school student
- Date of thread's last activity: 2 April 2012

11. Helping students understand decimals
Grids and money ideas for teaching decimals and mixed numbers (fractions).
- Date of thread's last activity: 21 March 2012

12. Interviewing questions
Suggestions on questions to ask when interviewing new teachers
- Date of thread's last activity: 28 February 2012

Internet sites and LEGO suggestions for using technology in the classroom.
- Date of thread's last activity: 9 February 2012

14. Decimal manipulatives
- Date of thread's last activity: 31 January 2012

15. Formula for volume of cones/pyramids
A physical demonstration of the fraction 1/3 in the volume formulas for cones and pyramids.
- Date of thread's last activity: 20 January 2012

16. Code breaking - History
Including history when teaching encoding and decoding using matrices. Was the Enigma machine based on matrices or another encryption technique?
- Date of thread's last activity: 20 January 2012

17. Math workshops
Getting federal or private funds to attend some math workshops.
- Date of thread's last activity: 20 January 2012

18. Implementation of math manipulatives in grades k-6
- Date of thread's last activity: 20 January 2012

19. Preparing for GM entrance exam
Books with graphic arithmetic, reasoning, mechanical comprehension, space relation, basic algebra and geometry
- Date of thread's last activity: 19 January 2012

20. Volume of a sphere
Ideas for introducing students to determining the volume of a sphere.
- Date of thread's last activity: 19 January 2012

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