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Structures And Strategies For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder In The Eighth Grade Mathematics Classroom, Felicia Dobbins May 2020

Structures And Strategies For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder In The Eighth Grade Mathematics Classroom, Felicia Dobbins

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project addresses the challenges students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face in the general education classroom and provides integrated research based instructional strategies aligned with accommodations and/or modifications. Specific challenges addressed in this project include structuring lessons with routines for challenges with social interactions, modifying curriculum for use with technological devices for a deficiency in fine motor skills, and adapting classroom procedures in the mathematics classroom for ASD students with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The accommodations and modifications are blended into the eighth-grade mathematics curriculum according to the Common Core State Standards and New York State’s ...


Multiple Intelligences In The Mathematics Classroom: A Curriculum Project On Linear Equations And Inequalities In One Variable, Angelina Rocchio May 2020

Multiple Intelligences In The Mathematics Classroom: A Curriculum Project On Linear Equations And Inequalities In One Variable, Angelina Rocchio

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project explores the utilization of Howard Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences theory in the mathematics classroom. There are eight distinct multiple intelligences that can be found in heterogeneous classrooms of students and often students have a blend of these eight intelligences. This curriculum project discusses different methods for integrating certain multiple intelligences into the mathematics classroom. The multiple intelligences that have been included in this curriculum project are Verbal/Linguistic, Logical/Mathematical, Visual/Spatial, Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal. The Algebra unit this curriculum project focuses on is Linear Equations and Inequalities in One Variable. The curriculum provided includes a ...


Fostering Motivation With An Authentic Task Based Unit On Linear Modeling, Brandon Derue May 2019

Fostering Motivation With An Authentic Task Based Unit On Linear Modeling, Brandon Derue

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project was created to provide teachers with additional resources to use when teaching an 8th grade unit on linear modeling. The included activities put an emphasis on grappling with new ideas, communication, and developing understanding through a project using real world mathematics. An embedded goal in the curriculum is to foster student motivation in mathematics. The main topic involves constructing scatter plots, noticing trends in the data, and constructing lines of best fit based on these trends. Recommendations are included by the author for implementing the included activities, as well as a rubric for evaluating the student ...


A Project Based Learning Approach To Teaching Geometry In A 7th Grade Classroom, Jamie Bish May 2018

A Project Based Learning Approach To Teaching Geometry In A 7th Grade Classroom, Jamie Bish

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project was created by a teacher for teachers, to present an example of how to use project based learning in a 7th grade mathematics curriculum while meeting the New York State Common Core Standards. More specifically, the project asks students to create a building plan that would fill a need in their community and present this plan to an interested group. The project focuses on a number of mathematical concepts including area, volume, ratios, and proportions.


Using Inquiry To Teach The Common Core State Standards: Two Exemplars, Rachel Bardun Dec 2017

Using Inquiry To Teach The Common Core State Standards: Two Exemplars, Rachel Bardun

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project offers two inquiry-based lessons for secondary mathematics teachers. One lesson is a culminating scavenger hunt for systems of linear equations. This lesson incorporates five principles of instruction and four levels of inquiry: confirmation inquiry, structured inquiry, guided inquiry, and open inquiry. The second lesson is an interdisciplinary lesson that involves students modeling bacteria growth with mathematical equations (regressions). This lesson integrates five essential strategies of implementing the Common Core State Standards through inquiry. The author classifies this lesson as a guided inquiry activity. Both lessons are aligned to the Algebra I Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but ...


Teaching The Strand Of Ccss Slope Through Metacognition In Middle School, High School, And Advanced Placement Mathematics, Sara Snarr Aug 2017

Teaching The Strand Of Ccss Slope Through Metacognition In Middle School, High School, And Advanced Placement Mathematics, Sara Snarr

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The strand of slope presents every year from 7th grade through Advanced Placement Calculus. The Common Core Learning Standards require and encourage a thorough understanding of slope and slope-related concepts such as unit rate, parallel and perpendicular lines, and the derivative. Unfortunately, many secondary mathematics teachers struggle to teach students to monitor their process and conceptualize an overall strategy for solving complex and fundamental problems. This thesis examines the role of metacognition-focused instruction on achievement, and offers research-supported teaching methods in the context of slope and unit rate that support metacognition. These methods are then presented in a series of ...


Describing Transformations: A Math 8 Unit Plan Aligned To The New York State Common Core And Learning Standards, Jessica Stam Dec 2016

Describing Transformations: A Math 8 Unit Plan Aligned To The New York State Common Core And Learning Standards, Jessica Stam

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project focuses on the 8th Grade Mathematics unit: Transformations. The project was developed as a resource for teachers transitioning to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The unit plan is aligned to the New York State Common Core State Standards (NYSCCSS) and the New York State Standards for Mathematical Practices. The unit plan addresses all mathematical practice standards with emphasis on (2) Reason abstractly and quantitatively and (5) use appropriate tools strategically. The lessons in this unit plan, should be used as guide and alternate resource to support teachers who work in states where CCSS has been ...


Solving Systems Of Equations And Inequalities: An Algebra Unit Plan Aligned To The New York State Common Core, Nicole Scipione Dec 2016

Solving Systems Of Equations And Inequalities: An Algebra Unit Plan Aligned To The New York State Common Core, Nicole Scipione

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 address looking for and making use of structure in Algebra. The unit plan on solving systems of equations and inequalities is aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for mathematics (NYSCCLM) and addresses looking for ...


Teaching Arithmetic Sequences Using Situated Problem Solving Tasks, Thomas A. Fisher Sep 2016

Teaching Arithmetic Sequences Using Situated Problem Solving Tasks, Thomas A. Fisher

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This curriculum project was developed to help teachers educate students about arithmetic sequences using an inquiry-based situative approach. The curriculum incorporates meaningful contexts within problem solving tasks to help students make connections between linear functions and arithmetic sequences. The materials are aligned to the Algebra I standards within the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).


A Curriculum Project On Expressions And Equations In Mathematics 8 Aligned To The Common Core State Standards, Nicole Szatko May 2016

A Curriculum Project On Expressions And Equations In Mathematics 8 Aligned To The Common Core State Standards, Nicole Szatko

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In response to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), this curriculum project was designed to help teachers with the transition to these standards. This curriculum project provides a unit plan on solving equations for the eighth grade curriculum, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The unit plan addresses expressions and equations in alignment with, Mathematical Practice Standard 8. The curriculum project may act as a resource to assist teachers in the process of converting their unit plans to align with the Common Core State Standards.


Metacognition And Student Achievement In Mathematics, Nancy Laistner May 2016

Metacognition And Student Achievement In Mathematics, Nancy Laistner

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Today’s students often struggle when solving with mathematical problems on tests. While students may have the content knowledge to solve these problems, often they do not have the ability to identify what content knowledge should be applied and when it should be applied. At times, students make simple computational mistakes or simply give up on problems part way through because they do not feel that they are on the right path. Students need to be equipped with metacognitive strategies which will help them to overcome these issues. This paper discusses metacognition and its’ impact on student achievement in mathematics ...


High School Calculus: Is Ap Calculus The Best Option?, Katrijn Moulin Dec 2015

High School Calculus: Is Ap Calculus The Best Option?, Katrijn Moulin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In the 2015-2016 academic school year, 3.3 million high school seniors are expected to graduate, and six percent of them are gifted and talented individuals who may be entering an AP Calculus course. Research shows that many students entering AP Calculus end up terminating their mathematical careers before even starting college. This thesis provides an alternative approach to AP Calculus; a non- AP Calculus exemplar unit that provides deeper conceptual knowledge of the slope, connected to the derivative, which may better prepare students for their college mathematics career. High school is a place to encourage students to accomplish their ...


A Spiraling Curriculum Project On Factoring In Algebra I Aligned With The New York State Common Core State Standards, Katie Elkins Dec 2015

A Spiraling Curriculum Project On Factoring In Algebra I Aligned With The New York State Common Core State Standards, Katie Elkins

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Our nation is experiencing a paradigm shift from the National Council Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This shift is leaving teachers with a lack of resources to support these new standards. This Spiraling Curriculum project on factoring was created to be used in an Algebra I classroom and is aligned with the NYS CCSS. The Spiraling Curriculum is designed to help students activate relevant prior knowledge as well as continuously return to topics at a progressively deeper level, allowing connections to be made throughout topics and units.

A table of contents is provided ...


A Curriculum Project On The Utilization Of The Rule Of Four To Enable Students To Work In Their Zone Of Proximal Development, Valerie L. Kondolf Jan 2015

A Curriculum Project On The Utilization Of The Rule Of Four To Enable Students To Work In Their Zone Of Proximal Development, Valerie L. Kondolf

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Discussed, developed, and written over the course of roughly two-and-a-half-years, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) seek to prepare students to be college- and career-ready (K-12 Blueprint, 2014). Released for implementation in classrooms nation-wide in June 2010, the CCSS are claimed to be “a balance of concepts and skills, with content standards that require both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency” (K-12 Blueprint, 2014, p. 3), as well as address the issue of mathematical curricula being described as “a mile wide and an inch deep” (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2014). In order to abide by the newly adopted curricula, teachers ...


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 ...


The Connection Between Language And Writing In Mathematics, Rebeca A. Kolupski Jul 2014

The Connection Between Language And Writing In Mathematics, Rebeca A. Kolupski

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Abstract

Literacy is an important aspect to include with all mathematics because it allows for students to construct new knowledge in a meaningful way. I think that students will be much more successful when they can see the connection between the two, as all literacy elements are included within mathematics. Students must be able to read, write, speak, listen, and view to clearly communicate and interpret all mathematics. The purpose of this study was to explore whether my personal beliefs regarding mathematics and literacy matched my teaching practices within the classroom in both districts where I taught. I collected data ...


A Mathematics Curriculum Study In Trigonometric Graphs To Align With The Common Core Standards, Julie M. Howell Apr 2014

A Mathematics Curriculum Study In Trigonometric Graphs To Align With The Common Core Standards, Julie M. Howell

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were written by The National Governors Association (NGA), in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in 2010, and was adopted by 45 states in an attempt to nationalize the United States curriculum in English and mathematics. Now it is up to the states to implement new curriculum to align to these standards. In the third year of high school mathematics, students are introduced to radian measures and trigonometric functions, and these abstract mathematical topics can be difficult for them to learn. The lesson plans contained within this curriculum project are ...


Proportional Reasoning Unit Correlated To The Common Core State Standards, Yelena Melnichenko Jan 2014

Proportional Reasoning Unit Correlated To The Common Core State Standards, Yelena Melnichenko

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project showcases the curriculum for the study of proportional reasoning in 7th grade math class aligned to the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. This project also includes the history of the paradigm shift from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the first set of national standards. How the CCSS, have changed the proportional reasoning unit that is taught in 7th grade will also be presented. The curriculum utilizes the best practices, such as the workshop model, and uses them to address the CCSS. The unit of ...


A Curriculum Project On Connecting Patterns And Equations In Algebra 1 Aligned With The New York State Common Core Standards, Kristina R. Graziadei Dec 2013

A Curriculum Project On Connecting Patterns And Equations In Algebra 1 Aligned With The New York State Common Core Standards, Kristina R. Graziadei

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Introduction

Change is constant in the world of education. Teacher requirements and education policies are constantly evolving at a statewide and nationwide level, and it is critical that teachers adapt to these changes for successful classroom learning experiences. Through implementing new technologies in the classroom teachers may elevate students understanding, provide deeper meaning in content, and make connections to real life applications. Recent studies show that implementing technology and modeling strategies in the classroom have the potential to evoke a higher level of understanding among all students (NYSED, 2012).

This curriculum project aligned the Algebra 1: Unit 1- Connecting Patterns ...


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 ...


Integrating Literacy Strategies Into The Mathematics Classroom, Whitney Davis May 2013

Integrating Literacy Strategies Into The Mathematics Classroom, Whitney Davis

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In mathematics education today, the restructuring and change from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have taken center stage. The CCSS focus on creating national standards and seek to better prepare students for college and career after graduating from high school. This curriculum project seeks to align Pythagorean Theorem content with the new CCSS as well as to present literacy strategies that may better prepare students for college or career. The Pythagorean Theorem unit is broken into meaningful lessons that may help students better understand the concepts. It also provides ...


Hands On Math: The Construction Of A Website To Support The Use Of Hands On Activities And Field Trips, Manuela B. Groth Apr 2013

Hands On Math: The Construction Of A Website To Support The Use Of Hands On Activities And Field Trips, Manuela B. Groth

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teachers are facing more and more pressure to make sure that their students perform well on standardized tests. This, in addition to other factors such as having to teach more material in less time, can lead teachers to spend more time engaging in direct teacher-centered instruction and less time on hands-on learning activities. A review of literature shows the importance of using hands-on learning and fieldtrips to help students develop a deeper understanding and generate and sustain students’ interest in the subject. I have created a website that is meant to provide math educators and parents with ideas for hands ...


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 ...


A Comparison Of Homework Practices In An Adolescent Mathematics Classroom, Brian Paganin Dec 2012

A Comparison Of Homework Practices In An Adolescent Mathematics Classroom, Brian Paganin

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Homework is an integral part of any successful classroom. It is important for educators to be cognizant of which homework practice will be most effective and efficient for their students. This allows the educator to make better decisions regarding other aspects of their classroom including planning, pacing, and curriculum, among other things. This project compares two different homework practices employed in an adolescent mathematics classroom. While there is no significant difference in performance for either method, the benefits of both are discussed.


Alternative Strategies For Teaching Mathematics, Nathan D. Moore Dec 2012

Alternative Strategies For Teaching Mathematics, Nathan D. Moore

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Underachievement in mathematics is an ongoing issue in schools across America. Many students, beginning at the elementary level, are not motivated in mathematics and perform poorly. Part of the reason for this problem may be due to poor attitudes towards mathematics and poor teaching strategies in mathematics. In order to begin to remedy this problem of poor mathematics motivation and achievement, elementary teachers need to be aware and implement the best teaching practices. Research validates the best teaching practices of games, use of manipulatives, real life application, differentiated instruction, and integrating technology into mathematics instruction.

Once aware of the best ...


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 ...


Checking Middle School Mathematics Assignments For Completion, Kara K. Utegg Oct 2012

Checking Middle School Mathematics Assignments For Completion, Kara K. Utegg

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

“Checking Middle School Mathematics Assignments for Completion versus Collecting and giving Individual Feedback” is a thesis paper about the effectiveness of two different teacher methods of checking and assessing their student’s homework. The first method of checking is looking for completion of the assignment and the second method included collecting homework and writing individual feedback on the assignment and returning it to the students the following day. This research involved a suburban seventh grade mathematics classroom. It was determined, for this environment, that collecting and commenting on homework significantly increased student quiz performance scores.


Pairing And Comparing In The Middle School Mathematics Classroom, Elizabeth A. Clark Oct 2012

Pairing And Comparing In The Middle School Mathematics Classroom, Elizabeth A. Clark

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study was designed to examine the effects of cooperative learning in the middle school mathematics classroom. This action research project seeks to answer the question of does cooperative learning improve academic performance of middle school mathematics students. The study took place in two parallel middle school mathematics classrooms in a district of New York’s Southern Tier. There was an experimental group and a control group. The experimental group participated in a pair and compare teaching strategy following daily independent practice of the day’s lesson, as well as an open ended group task. The control group did not ...


Strategies And Interventions For Increasing Homework Completion And Accuracy, Matthew Bonawitz Aug 2012

Strategies And Interventions For Increasing Homework Completion And Accuracy, Matthew Bonawitz

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This four part thesis contains:

  1. Analytic review of literature of the work of a number of authors and researchers who discuss strategies and interventions aimed at improving students' homework completion and accuracy rates.
  2. Discussion of the specific roles that students, parents, and families play and the contributions of teachers when it comes to homework. It will discuss a variety of ways that teachers can encourage students to complete their homework and do so with accuracy.
  3. A discussion of the implications for teachers including the pros and cons of several interventions.
  4. The limitations of the review and several recommendations for future ...


Down The Rabbit Hole: A Look At Integrating Classic Literature Into A Secondary Mathematics Curriculum, Adam E. Sokol Jan 2012

Down The Rabbit Hole: A Look At Integrating Classic Literature Into A Secondary Mathematics Curriculum, Adam E. Sokol

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The importance of mathematics and reading is paramount to the advancement of civilization. Research has shown that mathematics and reading, along with writing, have a strong correlation. The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics stress the importance of applying mathematical concepts to other subjects and real life. Interestingly, the mathematics and English curriculums have some objectives in common. Classic literature provides a unique context for mathematical concepts to be applied. Using classic literature to teach mathematics could allow students to engage in mathematics and literature more deeply. Example lessons and worksheets supported by research allow teachers to another ...