March 2006

Featured Topic: Spring -- a Time to Grow

Spring's warm weather brings thoughts of gardens and planting.   It also signals the beginning of "spring cleaning" season at home.   Consider combining these spring rituals by taking time to clean out old, tired classroom practices or activities and try some different strategies that involve students more actively in creating meaning.   Then check out the Technology Links below for some good math webquest activities that require students to use the internet and higher-order thinking skills to investigate real-world math applications and present their findings to the class for evaluation.

  • See Instructional Strategies for some suggested ideas that promote active participation by each student. There are also links to good information on classroom management, cooperative learning, and differentiation to augment any teacher's "bag of tricks."
  • See Active Participation" Using Templates for a discussion of how teachers are using templates in sheet protectors to support student learning of important skills and concepts.   You will also find links to many generic templates you can download for use in your own classroom.
  • See Math Enrichment Activities for a collection of math enrichment activities and projects that are available on the internet.   After testing, many teachers find time to have students complete individual or small group math projects in the fourth marking period.

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Featured Technology Links: Mathematical Webquests

Many teachers use webquests in different content areas.   The sites below are examples of how mathematical topics may be investigated using the internet.

Create Your Own Mathematical Webquests

Now that you have experience with Webquests created by others, it's time to create your own original webquests to provide real-life applications of curricular topics you teach.

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About is designed to provide activities and appropriate worksheets for teachers to use in their classrooms.   All activities and worksheets support the constructivist approach to learning mathematics and the NCTM Standards.

Activities:   The activities on this site were developed by Terry Kawas and the teachers in districts where she has worked as a math consultant and coach or with students she has taught in college math-methods courses.   The activities are classroom-tested by teachers and appropriate modifications have been made to reflect this field-testing.   These activities are posted online in an effort to share quality activities and routines within the mathematics community.

Terms of Use:   Teachers are welcome to download any of the activities for free use in their classrooms.   No activities may be copied for use on other websites or included in commercial products without permission in writing from Terry Kawas, webmaster.   Contact Terry Kawas