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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Geometry - ideas for teaching proofs

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From: Nancy Turner

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 1998062210:36:45
Subject: geometry-ideas for teaching proofs

Something else you can do that works pretty well is to first start with a comic strip that has 5 or 6 frames. Cut them apart and give one set to each group. Ask them to put the frames in order. Then give them some proofs with one statement/reason for each step on index cards. Students work to put them in order just as they did for the comic strips. These statement/reason cards can read like a paragraph, as suggested already. This activity reinforces the idea that the order of statements is important (or may not matter).

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