The links below are to pages within stable sites and are current as of the date of publication of this workshop. Due to the ever-changing nature of the Web, it is possible that some links may change. Should you reach a non-working link, we recommend entering a couple words from its description into the site's search function, or into a Web-based search engine.
NCTM Middle Grades Algebra Standard
This Web page describes what students should know and be able to do algebraically in grades 6-8, and offers suggestions for the type of classroom activities necessary to develop conceptual understanding.
NCTM High School Algebra Standard
This Web page describes what students should know and be able to do algebraically in grades 9-12, and offers suggestions for the type of classroom activities necessary to develop conceptual understanding.
Worthwhile Mathematical Tasks:
A Research Companion to Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2003.
Assessment Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1995.
High School Mathematics at Work: Essays and Examples for the Education of All Students. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998.
This book was produced by the Mathematical Sciences Education Board under the direction of the National Research Council. It is available for free online at http://www.nap.edu/.
Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1991.
Appropriate Use of Technology:
Carlson, Scott. "Back to Basics: A Bridge Too Far" From Pi in the Sky; issue 5. Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. Pi in the Sky is available online at http://www.pims.math.ca/pi/.
This article on the use of calculators states that "the intelligent and appropriate use of calculators does not create ... gaps, but mitigates them."
Pomerantz, Heidi and Bert Waits. "The Role of Calculators in Math Education: Dispelling the Myths." Dallas, TX: Urban Systemic Initiative/Comprehensive Partnership for Mathematics and Science Achievement, 1997. Available online in the Resources section of http://education.ti.com/.
This article, on the Texas Instruments Web site, addresses the appropriate use of calculators and the benefit of having more time to explore challenging and interesting mathematics.
Handheld Graphing Technology at the Secondary Level: Research Findings and Implications for Classroom Practice. Dallas, TX: Texas Instruments, 2000. Available online in the Resources section of http://education.ti.com/.
Conducted by an independent team of educational researchers, this study examines the effect of handheld graphing technology on students, teachers, and the content of secondary mathematics.
"Setting the Record Straight About Changes in Mathematics Education: Commonsense Facts to Clear the Air." California Mathematics Council Web site, May 2001. Available online.
The article states: "In light of the accessibility, speed, and accuracy of calculators, NCTM advocates a mathematics curriculum that balances an appropriate use of calculators with other educational concerns."
The SMART Board is a commercial product offered by SMART Technologies, Inc.
Linear Equations and Inequalities:
Friel, Susan, Sid Rachlin and Dot Doyle (eds). Navigating Through Algebra in Grades 6-8. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2001.
This book provides classroom activities that support the NCTM's Algebra Standard.
This site contains problems involving solving linear inequalities.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
The NCTM Web site contains E-Example 7.5, "Exploring Linear Functions,"
a java applet that lets students explore linear functions and allows the linking of multiple representations of mathematical concepts. Additionally, E-Example 6.2.1, "Learning about Rate of Change in Linear Functions," is an applet with interactive graphs to help students understand the concept of slope as a rate of change.
Purple Math is a very well-organized site with lessons on solving linear equations
and solving linear inequalities.