MATH 2030 – Fall 2010
Project 1 – Due: 3 December 2010 (tentative)
You must complete the project in
a group of two to three students. Normally, all members of the group will
receive the same grade; however, the instructor reserves the right to conduct
individual interviews over the content of the project and to assign different
grades to different members of the group.
We have discussed several aspects of solving mathematical
problems in class. For practice in using mathematical problems in teaching, you
are to describe three (3) mathematical problems that you can use in your
teaching and which are appropriate for one particular elementary grade level.
Final Report/Grading Rubric
You are to present a written report describing your findings.
Use complete, grammatically-correct sentences. One problem must come from an
approved source (e.g., mathematics education journals); one problem must come
from an approved source AND you must adapt (modify) the problem in some
significant manner; one problem must be constructed by your group. You MUST cite
each source using APA style (1 point). For each problem include a title and
the problem statement. You must provide a well-organized answer (with details)
to the following questions for each mathematical problem (9 points for each
- Why is it a mathematical problem for the student?
- Why is it appropriate for the grade level you have chosen?
- What are the mathematical concepts that students need to solve the problem?
- What are the mathematical concepts that students should learn from solving
- How can you assess that students have learned the concepts?
- What are two ways in which the students can approach and solve the problem?
- What is a solution to the problem?
- How does the problem correspond to NCTM’s principles and standards
- How does the problem correspond to Georgia’s Curriculum Standards
- How does the problem correspond to Gwinnett County’s Academic Knowledge and
Skills (AKS – http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/aks.nsf/pages/AKSHOME)?
- What kind of additional materials will help the students in solving the
You will be graded on the quality and clarity of your written
presentation as well as the mathematical accuracy of your paper.
INDIVIDUALLY, and on a separate piece
of paper (NOT submitted with the solutions to the problems), discuss your
participation in the group AND discuss the participation of your partner(s) (2
Please follow these guidelines when preparing your report:
- Each problem must be on separate pages.
- Clearly explain your reasoning. Use complete, grammatically-correct sentences.
- Papers must be typed. You may write equations
and formulas in by hand or you can use the built-in equation editor in
Microsoft Word. Click on Insert on the command bar, select Object, and select
- Papers should include a mixture of tables,
graphs, equations, and written explanations. Your textbook can serve as a
model. For example, look at the equations, tables, and graphs in your textbook
and notice the way the text inserts these into the flow of its written
explanations. In particular, note that an equation is usually easier to read if
centered on a line by itself.
- Graphs from your calculator may be printed or
copied into a word processor using TI-Graph Link software. This software is
available in the computer labs.
- Tables and graphs can be made and printed or
copied into a word processor using Excel software, which is also available in
the computer labs.
- You are not writing a user's manual on
how to use the calculator. Do not write about which keys you pressed on
- Turn in one paper per group. The instructor will keep all papers.
Make a copy for your files before turning in your paper.