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Student Engagement with the “Into Math Graph" Tool

Amanda K. Riske, Catherine E. Cullicott, Amanda Mohammad Mirzaei, Amanda Jansen, and James Middleton

We introduce the Into Math Graph tool, which students use to graph how “into" mathematics they are over time. Using this tool can help teachers foster conversations with students and design experiences that focus on engagement from the student’s perspective.

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Connecting Parabolas and Quadratic Functions

Wendy B. Sanchez and David M. Glassmeyer

In this 3-part activity, students use paper-folding and an interactive computer sketch to develop the equation of a parabola given the focus and directrix.

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December 2016

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How High Is the High?

When visitors enter the High Museum in Atlanta, one of the first pieces of art they encounter is Physic Garden, by Molly Hatch (details in photographs 1 and 2). Physic Garden consists of 456 handpainted dinner plates arranged to form a rectangle with 24 horizontal rows and 19 vertical columns and extends from the floor to the ceiling of the first floor. The design of the “plate painting” was inspired by two mid-18th-century English ceramic plates from the museum's collection (photograph 3).

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Instruction and Learning through Formative Assessments

Michael J. Bossé, Kathleen Lynch-Davis, Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi, and Kayla Chandler

Teachers can use rich mathematical tasks to measure students' conceptual understanding.

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Investigating Functions with a Ferris Wheel

Heather Lynn Johnson, Peter Hornbein, and Sumbal Azeem

A computer activity helps students make sense of relationships between quantities.

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January 2017

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Mathematical Modeling in the High School Curriculum

Maria L. Hernández, Rachel Levy, Mathew D. Felton-Koestler, and Rose Mary Zbiek

Ideas from the GAIMME report illustrate how teachers can engage students in the modeling process.

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Significant Numbers

Michael A. Jones

Short items from the media focus mathematics appropriate for classroom study.

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A Coordinate Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem

Readers comment on published articles and share their mathematical interests.