order to make the changes necessary to ensure that each student receives
a world-class mathematics education, it is imperative that teachers have
models that serve as bases for discussion and reflection. Teachers are
busy people who don't have the time necessary for in depth interaction
with peers. Modeling Middle School Mathematics will be available to educators
any time, any place. The use of videos coupled with web based resources
offer the flexibility needed to allow teachers to learn and discuss significant
ideas aimed at improved instruction when they wish, rather than attending
a class after school.
Modeling Middle School Mathematics is a dynamic project
aimed at improving mathematic instruction grades 5-8. This project, funded
by the National Science Foundation, will utilize merging technologies
to "bring to life" in classrooms across the nation, recommendations
made by state and NCTM Standards.
Modeling Middle School Mathematics (MMM) working in collaboration with
the Show-Me Project at the
University of Missouri, will provide teachers an opportunity to visit
classes across the country through video lessons, and have an opportunity
to discuss content and teaching strategies with other educators via the
Goals of Modeling Middle School Mathematics
This project will:
- Illustrate middle school math projects that meet or exceed the NCTM
- Make information, resources, and materials more universally available
- Encourage and promote dialog among people interested in mathematics
- Establish and facilitate partnerships among schools, communities,
What will be produced?
MMM will create materials, which can be used with in-service
programs, and pre-service courses.
Videos and support materials
The project will:
- Create 10 video lessons, two for each of the five projects, organized
around the five content strands found in NCTM's Principles and
Standards for School Mathematics.
- Produce printed resource and support materials that correspond to
the video lessons. The format and content will reflect the actual
materials developed by each project. The support materials for that
specific video lesson will be available in hard copy and online.
- Create a Sourcebook for leaders. This Sourcebook will give ideas
concerning how to use the materials in in-service and pre-service
programs, and the public in general.
Web based initiatives
Modeling Middle School Mathematics will create additional
features, which will be available universally to anyone. Using the infrastructure
of the Show-Me Web site, it is planned to enhance the site by:
- Creating video streaming of portions of the video lessons.
- Providing complete electronic versions of the support material,
Thus all information is provided free on the web. This complete package
reflecting reform mathematics from the leading projects in the US
will be distributed nationally.
Who is making the videos?
WNET Channel Thirteen in
New York produced the videos. Thirteen is an award-winning producer of
educational videos and brings the necessary experience to this project.
Who developed the website?
Inc. designed and developed the site including the video interface
for the lessons. KnowNet Construction specializes in collaborating with
creative people to develop interesting and useful educational sites at
Bolster Education, Inc.
9 Haig Place #705
Dunedin, FL 34698