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The word "algebra" conjures up many images and emotions, and is the source of many misconceptions. At one time, only the college-educat ed studied algebra; today, it is a standard part of the high school cur riculum. The ability to do complex algebraic maniputations was once the hallmark of the...
Algebra is important for everyone. It provides a way to represent a sit uation so it can be analyzed carefully. In the new algebra classroom, students will be talking and listening to each other as they learn to understand problems and devise solutions. Teachers will organize tasks to help...
Lower lever mathematics courses often become a dead end for low- achieving students. Several new upgraded math courses, however, reflecting emerging standards in mathematics, are raising student achievement and improving students' chances of taking college preparatory math.
Schools around the country have seen an explosion in the number of students needing help with English in recent years. Although this is a problem that mostly affects urban schools, even small rural schools are having to deal with language minority students, many for the first time. For almost 30...
The implied challenge to teach new mathematics in a new way is as obvious as its potential to change the way both students and teachers view the learning of mathematics. It won't be easy, but then change never is. The only easy part is recognizing the need for change.
There are many reasons for adopting a block schedule. Research indi cates that block scheduling may have important non-academic advan tages, including a calmer school atmosphere, better discipline, and improved student attitudes. Intensive block schedules may be particu larly helpful to at-risk...
There are two schools of thought on school-based management. One views it as a positive and successful vehicle of school improvement. The other argues that it has been minimally successful with respect to school improvement and the results do not justify all the time, energy, and effort expended...
Most staff development programs end with the ditribution of partici pant-satisfaction evaluation forms on which participants register their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the overall program or its parts. All too often, however, the result is an array of information ill-suited to the needs...
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