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101 Great Ideas for Introducing Key Concepts in Mathematics: A Resource for Secondary School Teachers [Hardcover]

Alfred S. Posamentier , Herbert A. Hauptman
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January 2001 0761975128 978-0761975120
This book provides interesting and unusual ways to introduce new mathematics topics to secondary school students. The book presents motivational ways to teach many of the key topics in the secondary school curriculum. The suggested teaching approaches are presented as though the teacher is completely unfamiliar with them as well as with their underlying mathematics. Every effort has been made to make the discussions clear and complete.

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Praise for the First Edition: "Written to appeal to all mathematics teachers. Teachers who are struggling with introducing these topical ideas will find the book is written in such a way as to facilitate their understanding of the topics. The language is easy to understand and the book is very user friendly. In addition, those teachers who have a sound grasp of these key concepts can find fresh ideas for teaching old concepts presented in a manner that is intellectual in design." -- Journal of School Improvement, Volume 3, Issue 2, Fall 2002 20051116 "A 'must' for any who wish for more proven classroom practices. From geometry to algebra, teachers will find it packed with ideas." -- California Bookwatch, September 2006 20060920 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Herbert A. Hauptman is a world-renowned mathematician who pioneered and developed a mathematical method that has changed the whole field of chemistry. For this work he was recipient of the 1985 Nobel Price in chemistry. With this book Dr. Hauptman brings his highly sophisticated knowledge of mathematics and his many years of exploration in higher mathematics to the advantage of secondary school audience. Alfred S. Posamentier is Professor of Mathematics Education and Dean of the School of Education at the City College of the City University of New York. He has authored and co-authored several resource books in mathematics education for Corwin Press.

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This book is an excellent resource for any math teacher. Rather than focusing on the simple rules and procedures of mathematics, this book brings to light the underlying principles of why many mathematical procedures exist in the first place. I personally use this book when I want to kick my teaching up a notch and really delve into higher order thinking. I have successfully used insights from this book to get my kids to discover why much of math works the way it does. It is great.
One small caveat: this book is not particularly well organized in ready-to-use lesson plan format. Most of the ideas in this book need to be worked with to devlop full-blown lessons. But the ideas are good enough that this is not too hard to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for teaching the underlying logic of math Jan. 25 2004
By Paul P. Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent resource for any math teacher. Rather than focusing on the simple rules and procedures of mathematics, this book brings to light the underlying principles of why many mathematical procedures exist in the first place. I personally use this book when I want to kick my teaching up a notch and really delve into higher order thinking. I used insights from this book to get my kids to discover why math works the way it does. It is great.

One small caveat: this book is not particularly well organized in ready-to-use lesson plan format. Most of the ideas in this book need to be worked with to develop full-blown lessons. But the ideas are good enough that this is not too hard to do.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with ideas. Sept. 23 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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The updated second edition of 101+ Great Ideas for Introducing Key Concepts in Mathematics: A Resource for Secondary school Teachers is a 'must' for any who wish more proven classroom practices. Over a hundred strategies for teaching math are arranged by subject matter, with each listing identifying objectives, materials, and procedures. Both hands-on and computer-based approaches are detailed, with plenty of lessons and examples throughout. This comes form a mathematician/professor and a math pioneer and Nobel Prize recipient: from geometry to algebra, teachers will find it packed with ideas.

Diane C. Donovan

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information May 29 2007
By Charity Gleason - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of the ideas in this book I found a tad confusing but there are quite a few great analogies and tricks to make remembering math concepts easier for students. I reccommend this book for any secondary math teacher.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Ideas May 29 2008
By William T. Cormode - Published on Amazon.com
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The book had some very clever Ideas. A bit too many using math tiles. I dont really enjoy them but there were enough other idea to balance it out.
2.0 out of 5 stars Teacher book Feb. 15 2010
By Kathleen B. House - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe, I have been teaching too long but I did not find many new Ideas for introducing key concepts. I was searching for some concrete examples, not the traditional ones suggested in the book.
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