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From: Rick Nelson

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2001012519:59:57
Subject: Ancient math curriculum

Every year prior to Holiday vacation with my 9th grade math students I
assign each of them a person from history who had an impact on
mathematics or used mathematics to improve the society of which they
were a part.(i.e Emmy Noether, Galieo, Archimedes, Einstein, etc). The
kids whine about doing a written report in math class, but afterwards,
truly enjoy learning about someone in history that isn't necessarily
related to a History or Social Studies curriculum.  I have the
students make a oral presentation of their research and if they like,
present a physical example of what this mathematician
discovered/invented (i.e. Archimedes screw, Fibonacci sequence)
It becomes a very positive learning experience for all.

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