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Then: Pedagogy and Best Practices

Edward C. Nolan

This article describes the nature and benefits of involvement with NCTM Conferences as a contributor to individual and collegial professional growth.

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Funky Protractors for Exploring Angle Measure

Hamilton L. Hardison and Hwa Young Lee

In this article, we discuss funky protractor tasks, which we designed to provide opportunities for students to reason about protractors and angle measure. We address how we have implemented these tasks, as well as how students have engaged with them.

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Coding and Calculators

Scott G. Smith

Suggestions for incorporating calculator programming into the mathematics curriculum.

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Quick Reads: Using Technology to Build a Pen for Browser

a good idea in a small package

Leigh Haltiwanger, Robert M. Horton, and Brooke Lance

Making mathematics meaningful is a challenge that all math teachers endeavor to meet. As math teachers, we spend countless hours crafting problems that will energize students and help them connect mathematical topics to their everyday lives. Being successful in our efforts requires that we allow students to explore ideas before we provide explanations and demands that we ask questions to promote a depth of thinking and reasoning that would not occur without such probing (Marshall and Horton 2009).

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Who's in the Lead?

Alfinio Flores

The striking results of this coin-tossing simulation help students understand the law of large numbers.

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Calculator Programming Engages Visual and Kinesthetic Learners

Catherine Tabor

A programming activity helps students give meaning to the abstract concept of slope.

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The Back Page: My Favorite Lesson: Modeling Exponential Decay

Alison L. Mall and Mike Risinger

Our favorite lesson, an interactive experiment that models exponential decay, launches with a loud dice roll. This exploration engages students in lively data collection that motivates interest in key components of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: functions, modeling, and statistics and probability (CCSSI 2010).

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An Unexpected Influence on a Quadratic

Jon D. Davis

Using technology to explore the coefficients of a quadratic equation leads to an unexpected result.

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Learning with Calculator Games

Bruce Frahm

Four graphing calculator games to entice your students to learn mathematics.

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Delving Deeper: Rolling the Dice

Jonathan D. Baker

The outcome distribution for rolling a single die is horizontal; for rolling a pair of dice it is a triangle. What happens when more than two dice are rolled? What happens when the die has other than six sides? These and other questions are answered in an accessible and useful treatise.