Mr. G challenges his 5th Graders with simplifying algebraic expressions using π, exponents, radicals, and factorials (!). He allows his students to show what they know as they walk through their understanding of solving the expression while coming up to the doc camera and working through the problem for their classmates. Read more about how Mr. Grace turns his students onto mathematics here in Mathitudes Online in his article under Peer Reviewed Articles.
Thank you Mr. G for all your years of service turning young people on to mathematics!
Teacher Trish Smith at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach uses Geogebra to get students familiar with certain aspects of groups of graphs. While doing this, she noticed that it would be fairly simple to create "pictures" on the GeoGebra software and so it began. At Christmas time she gives her students the basic shape of a tree and they have to "decorate" it with functions that her students are learning about in class. At Easter time, she gave her students the basic shape of an egg and they had to "decorate" it with functions that they are learning at that time. For the "extra creative" students, Trish encourages them to use multiple functions to create a new picture within the tree or egg. GeoGebra is a great tech tool to turn students on to math, help them learn, and let them create.
GeoGebra is free software, a multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package (Hohenwarter, Hohenwarter, & Lavicza, 2009). GeoGebra has a large international user and developer community with users from 190 countries. The software is currently translated into 55 languages and attracts close to 300,000 downloads per month. It can be downloaded for free and accessed at: http://www.geogebra.org/cms/en/info.
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