The Math Forum: 1996 
Summer Institute - sum96

July 15-19, 1996 - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Ruth Carver

Address: 34 Jones Avenue, Flourtown, PA 19031
Phone: (215) 836-1081
School: Germantown Academy

Ruth Carver is a mathematics teacher at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA, an adjunct professor of mathematics education at Beaver College, and a Math Forum Teacher Associate. Her math classes have made regular contributions to the Forum's Geometry Problem of the Week. You will find her home page at

Ruth attended the 1994 Geometry Forum Summer Institute, Geometry and the Internet, and the Forum's 1995 Summer Institute, Constructing Geometry on the Internet, assembling a page of some Internet resources on algebra available at that time, and instituting two mathematics projects for the 1995/1996 school year: for high school students, a High School/Elementary Partnership: Student Math Mentors, and for elementary students an Elementary Problem of the Week. This project has been so successful that Ruth will require support to continue it.

Ruth is interested in developing more online resources for mathematics teachers, particularly lesson plans that involve technology and cooperative learning. "It takes a lot of time and effort to develop a really good lesson and often that lesson needs to be revised several times as we see how in works in practice. I believe that all teachers have at least one really great lesson. I also believe that as a community of learners and teachers that we all have to be willing to give something back." She would like to encourage teachers to send in their favorite lesson(s) so that they can be categorized and made available to all, and suggests that teachers who contribute resources could perhaps be given a designation of "master teacher."

Ruth's classes make extensive use of the Geometer's Sketchpad, and she has constructed a Web Unit on Algebra and Calculus Sketches hosted by the Math Forum.

Working Group: High School Resources

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