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Decreasing Math Anxiety Through Teaching Quadratic Equations, Kaitlyn Kaufman Aug 2017

Decreasing Math Anxiety Through Teaching Quadratic Equations, Kaitlyn Kaufman

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Math anxiety is known as having a feeling of fear that interferes with math performance. Many students today suffer from math anxiety as they push through each developmental stage in their schooling. A majority of students develop math anxiety through traditional classroom methods, such as drill and practice, assessments, memorizing, and textbooks. According to research, teachers can help decrease math anxiety in students by incorporating specific teaching styles, methods, and strategies, related to decrease math anxiety, into lessons. These teaching styles, methods, and strategies include, but not limited to, constructivist teaching, concrete-to-representation-to-abstract model, student-centered learning, and interactive lessons. Based on ...


A Financial Literacy Curriculum Project On Linear Functions In Algebra I Aligned With New York State Common Core State Standards, Michael T. Hughson Jr May 2017

A Financial Literacy Curriculum Project On Linear Functions In Algebra I Aligned With New York State Common Core State Standards, Michael T. Hughson Jr

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

There is a lack of financial literacy curriculum available for teachers to support students learning of mathematical skills that are needed in real life. Financial literacy curricula can support students learning real life skills needed before independent living situations in college or career. Direct mathematical modelling and application can support students comprehension of the relationship between financial literacy and algebra. This curriculum highlights the ideology of the need to know drives learning and aligns real world financial literacy problems to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) algebra standards.


Rearranging Algebraic Equations Using Electrical Circuit Applications: A Unit Plan Aligned To The New York State Common Core Learning Standards, Susan L. Sommers Jun 2016

Rearranging Algebraic Equations Using Electrical Circuit Applications: A Unit Plan Aligned To The New York State Common Core Learning Standards, Susan L. Sommers

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

As a response to both the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a recent approval of a change by the New York State Board of Regents to allow multiple pathways for graduation, this curriculum project, which will be referred to as a unit plan throughout the paper, was designed to meet the need for more units of study that apply mathematical modeling in algebra to real world situations that allow students to explore applications of mathematics in careers. The unit plan on rearranging algebraic equations using electrical circuit applications is aligned to the New York State Common ...


Gifted Students In Mathematics: A Problem Solving Approach To Enrichment, Caylin Depuy Dec 2014

Gifted Students In Mathematics: A Problem Solving Approach To Enrichment, Caylin Depuy

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In the United States mathematically gifted students frequently go unnoticed and most often receive the same education as their at-level peers (Ysseldyke, Tardrew, Betts, Thill, Hannigan, 2004). There is very limited funding available for gifted students and the identification and classification varies by state, often being decided by school district (National Association, 2014). Gifted American students are exposed to less challenging problems than those in other countries and, as a result, are falling behind in academic performance (Ross, 1993). This curriculum is designed to supplement the existing Geometry curriculum by offering eight unique, challenging problems that can be used for ...


An Algebra Unit On Quadratics For Teachers With Students With Ebd, Christopher Williams Dec 2014

An Algebra Unit On Quadratics For Teachers With Students With Ebd, Christopher Williams

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The number of students identified as having an emotional and behavioral disorder (EBD) are increasing rapidly and still underreported. These students often have significant behavioral, social and academic deficits that pose challenges within and outside the school setting and are among some of the most difficult students to teach with the bleakest post-school success or employment rates. Research reveals several effective procedures for conducting interventions to increase performance, participation and engagement and in lowering the number of inappropriate behavior occurrences within the classroom. Based on these findings, an algebra unit plan on quadratics has been developed to assist and direct ...


A Math 8 Unit In Scientific Notation Aligned To The New York State Common Core And Learning Standards, Jessica K. Griffin Dec 2013

A Math 8 Unit In Scientific Notation Aligned To The New York State Common Core And Learning Standards, Jessica K. Griffin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In response to the implementation of new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), this curriculum project was designed to help teachers in the transition to the new standards. The curriculum project will be referred to as a unit plan throughout the paper. The unit plan on Scientific Notation, for the eighth grade mathematics curriculum, is aligned to the New York State Common Core and Learning Standards for Mathematics (NYSCCLSM). The unit plan addresses mathematical modeling, Mathematical Practice Standard 4. The unit plan may provide a way in which teachers can work towards the Common Core State Standards Initiative’s goal to ...


Evidence-Based Practices For Teaching Mathematics To Students With Disabilities, Daniel M. Figliole Aug 2013

Evidence-Based Practices For Teaching Mathematics To Students With Disabilities, Daniel M. Figliole

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research study examines the effectiveness of three evidence-based strategies on students with disabilities. The participants include five students in a self-contained special education classroom. Depending on ability levels, the participants were exposed to one or more of the evidence-based strategies which included; self-regulation, concrete-representational-abstract, and copy, cover, compare. The research study found that students need a considerable amount of instruction and assistance for using the self-regulation strategy and its corresponding checklist. However, the concrete-representational-abstract strategy as well as the copy, cover, compare strategy proved to be beneficial in helping students to efficiently count coin money to a designated amount ...


Decreasing Math Anxiety Through A Quadratics Unit, Lee C. Hooker May 2013

Decreasing Math Anxiety Through A Quadratics Unit, Lee C. Hooker

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Anxiety related to the learning of mathematics is referred to as math anxiety and has been shown to have a negative influence on student performance. Research reveals that math anxiety is something that can be unlearned and informs about the potential causes and treatments of math anxiety in the mathematics classroom. A majority of math anxiety experienced by students has been caused by teachers’ repetitious teaching styles. Research presents various teaching strategies that have helped teachers when working with students who have math anxiety. These strategies include writing, class discussions, cooperative groups, kinesthetic activities, use of manipulatives, and various, frequent ...


Geometry Curriculum For High School Students During A Summer School Program, Kyle E. Kucsmas Dec 2012

Geometry Curriculum For High School Students During A Summer School Program, Kyle E. Kucsmas

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This geometry curriculum project was designed to be used during a high school summer school credit recovery program. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), New York State (NYS) Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST), and the most recent addition of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCSL) harbor the foundations for each lesson. The curriculum presented will provide teachers with a condensed standards based instrument that can be utilized during a twenty-two day summer school geometry program which contains mathematical content, appropriate rigor, and opportunities for student growth. The curriculum is engaging, obtainable, cyclical, and diverse enough ...


Mathematics Curriculum Revised To Align To Common Core State Standards, Ashley Redino Dec 2012

Mathematics Curriculum Revised To Align To Common Core State Standards, Ashley Redino

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the first set of national standards issued in the United States. Currently, all states are in the transition from implementing individual state standards to CCSS in ELA and mathematics. As the CCSS are being introduced and implemented into classrooms, educators are struggling to update or modify their current unit, based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards, to align with the new national standards. This research provides an explanation of the changes that will occur due to the CCSS in a seventh grade probability and statistics unit. An updated unit ...


Females In Mathematics: Creating An Environment That Aims To Lessen Anxiety And Promote Participation, Susan Rose Smalter May 2011

Females In Mathematics: Creating An Environment That Aims To Lessen Anxiety And Promote Participation, Susan Rose Smalter

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Self-worth theory of achievement motivation asserts that in a situation where poor performance is expected to show shortcomings in aptitude, students will withdraw in order to avoid the possibility of damaging their self-worth. It is in these settings where female students’ self-perception impacts their ability to participate and learn. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we create classrooms, particularly within the mathematics and science arenas, where female students do not feel inferior to their male counterparts nor feel uncomfortable expressing their ideas – a place where they can respond and learn without consequence or damage to self-esteem. Quite simply, the ...


Making Percents Make Sense, Melissa Leigh Abbott Aug 2008

Making Percents Make Sense, Melissa Leigh Abbott

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Since our culture relies upon technology, calculators, cash registers, and other devices, to complete math calculations, the conceptual idea of figuring out percentages has been devalued. In a sense, technology has allowed our culture to disengage common mathematical knowledge without any major concerns. The usefulness of mathematics skills is often questioned by students who believe they only need basic math procedures such as simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in their daily lives. Educators bear the added challenge of not only teaching these concepts and their significance in daily application but in assisting students to understand the importance of doing ...


A Technologically Enriched Geometry Curriculum, Nicholas W. Drollette Aug 2008

A Technologically Enriched Geometry Curriculum, Nicholas W. Drollette

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Mathematics education cannot be viewed as a static science. As times change and students' experiences are altered by their constantly evolving environments, educators of all disciplines must make adjustments that reflect these changes. Careful development of technologically enriched and visually stimulating lessons is essential to the success of mathematics education. In order to gain greater understanding of the power of partnering technology and geometry curriculum, this research project asks two main questions: how the use of technology affects student motivation and engagement in a geometry class and how a technologically enriched geometry curriculum can be created and implemented. The researcher ...


Deepening Teacher Understanding Of Fundamental Concepts In Mathematics, Meghan Carr Aug 2008

Deepening Teacher Understanding Of Fundamental Concepts In Mathematics, Meghan Carr

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

A growing concern among educators is not just what instructional method to utilize but the actual depth of fundamental mathematical knowledge in today’s educational work force. This project does not ask if discovery is needed or if this is a concern, but declares that the problem of a conceptual understanding deficit exists. The research project, through the development of a professional workshop, addresses both the recognition and improvement of the mathematical content knowledge of teachers. It observes professional development opportunities that focus on fundamental mathematical concepts, deepened understanding, and improved instructional methods. Throughout the project “deep understanding of fundamental ...


Technology : The Positive And Negative Effects On Student Achievement, Jennifer Lyn Flanagan Aug 2008

Technology : The Positive And Negative Effects On Student Achievement, Jennifer Lyn Flanagan

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Technology is the technical means people use to improve their surroundings. People use technology to improve their ability to do work. Classrooms around the world have implemented many forms of technology to enhance student interest and achievement. One form of technology that is common to math classrooms is the graphing calculator. One eighth grade math class of nineteen students from an urban middle school was taught a unit on Solving Systems of Equations by Graphing. The unit was implemented with and without the use of the graphing calculator. Students were first introduced to the unit through the use of pencils ...


Identifying False Intuitions In Probability And Laying A Foundation For Teaching It, Gregory G. Schwind Aug 2008

Identifying False Intuitions In Probability And Laying A Foundation For Teaching It, Gregory G. Schwind

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Intuition is something we rely on in our daily lives as pure, untaught truths that guide and direct us. Simple statements like “the shortest distance between two points is a straight line” are common and self-explanatory. While this simple statement can be proved mathematically, it is instinctive to easily understand this notion and accept its entrance into one's cognitive intuition. However, there are other parts of mathematics that are not intuitive and require thought and proofs to explain their existence. The question then is: how does the mind distinguish between what is intuitive and what is in need of ...


The Use Of Vocabulary In The Mathematics Classroom, Elizabeth A. Worthington May 2008

The Use Of Vocabulary In The Mathematics Classroom, Elizabeth A. Worthington

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this thesis is to investigate whether becoming mathematically literate, through the use of vocabulary development strategies will increase students success in completing mathematical word problems. It begins with a Literature Review which finds that the use of vocabulary in the mathematics classroom can help students gain a stronger reading comprehension, which in turn helps them to become better mathematicians. In chapter three is a Unit Plan on Logic for Math 10 and Math AB, and includes teacher lesson plan and many student worksheets. Chapter Four reviews the results, with an overview, summary of the Unit Plan, test ...


Using Music To Improve Learning In Mathematics, Marie Duplessy Civil May 2007

Using Music To Improve Learning In Mathematics, Marie Duplessy Civil

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Today’s economic constraints mean tighter budgets and lowered staffing which in turn causes school districts to make difficult choices pertaining to arts programs. Utilizing music in an academic core curriculum has been argued as not only an opportunity that allows arts integration in the classroom but has revealed a direct correlation to increased student interest and academic success. The purpose of this study explores whether music can be used in a first-grade classroom to help students understand, enjoy, remember and apply certain mathematical concepts. The literature review section of this project examines research studies conducted in classrooms that highlight ...