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The Math Forum

The Math Forum

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.
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Tuiren Bratina
Tuiren Bratina (Faculty)
17 years ago
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.

Technical Remarks:

First time users will find the Math Forum very easy to use.
Tamarah Ashton
Tamarah Ashton (Faculty)
17 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.