Part of the beauty of mathematics is that seemingly isolated branches of the subject can often be used together to produce solutions to problems. High school students need to engage in activities that help them see how the various branches of mathematics work together in problem-solving situations. NCTM (2000) underscores the importance of such activities, stating, “When students can see the connections across different mathematical content areas, they develop a view of mathematics as an integrated whole” (NCTM 2000, p. 354).
Jennifer Bergner, firstname.lastname@example.org, teaches mathematics at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD 21801. She is interested in the use of metaphor in mathematics and enjoys working with high school students in mathematics workshops.
Randall Groth, email@example.com, teaches mathematics methods courses for preservice teachers at Salisbury University. He is interested in using students' thinking to inform mathematics instruction.