The use of mnemonic devices, or “tricks,” in the mathematics classroom has been criticized by some authors. However, when used in the proper context, such “tricks” can be extraordinarily helpful in motivating students and helping them remember procedures while understanding concepts and mastering appropriate mathematical vocabulary.

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Ann E. West,, recently retired from the mathematics department at Tahlequah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Her goal is to inspire high school students to recognize the importance of mathematics and to learn as much of this “gateway subject” as possible.

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