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This site is a listing of math-related information in four categories: Student Center, Teachers' Place, Research Division, and Parents & Citizens. Once in the Teachers' Place, the user has the following options: discussions, classroom materials, activities & projects, software, organizations/publications, workshops, making math...
This site is a listing of math-related information in four categories: Student Center, Teachers' Place, Research Division, and Parents & Citizens. Once in the Teachers' Place, the user has the following options: discussions, classroom materials, activities & projects, software, organizations/publications, workshops, making math fun, and top links for teachers.
1. I have used the materials at Swarthmore's Math Forum many times over the last five years. I have used them in teaching-learning activities as well as just for ideas.
2. The Web Units & Lessons have been helpful for inservice teachers refreshing their understandings of mathematics they have not studied for many years. For example, my mathematics methods students used Math to Build On, by Johnny and Margaret Hamilton, to help relearn some concepts in trigonometry. I would not recommend this as a stand-alone experience. Explanations needed to accompany the work my students did, but the way the material was presented gave the students a good start.
My undergraduate elementary school future teachers enjoyed the tessellation tutorials on the Web Units & Lessons.
3. There is much material on this site from which teachers can select. When it is used in conjunction with the teacher's own expertise and lesson plans, it can be very effective. My favorite part of the site is the Math Resources by Subject.
I particularly believe that the Math Forum was one of a few sites that really helped launch mathematics educators toward using the Internet for wise and appropriate applications for learning mathematics. I am thankful to the Math Forum "founders" for the service they started and continue to provide.
First time users will find the Math Forum very easy to use.
13 years ago
The Math Forum is the best site I have discovered for beginning teachers to use in their classrooms. The "Teachers' Place" is divided into four sections: primary & secondary, college & university, special interest, and general interest. Under the grade level headings, teachers can locate activities and projects, individual lesson plans, collections of lesson plans, fun sites for kids, and math software, as well as professional development related activities/opportunities for themselves.
I teach students who are interested in becoming special education teachers. In my methods courses, I have used many of the lesson plans and activities from this site in order to teach students how to adapt lessons for students with disabilities. There are also two additional sources of gaining additional information built in as part of this site: Ask Dr. Math and Teacher2Teacher. In both situations, I have had students interact with others as they develop and hone their mathematics teaching abilities.