Investigating Middle School Mathematics

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About the author:
Dr. Christina Gawlik has been an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Middle/Secondary Mathematics Education and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Kansas. After teaching three years of high school, Christina completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction, emphasizing in K-16 Mathematics Education from Kansas State University.

Since 2008, Dr. Gawlik has presented at international, national and regional conferences discussing how to teach mathematics using technologies such as the Nintendo Wii(r), iPads and iPhones.

Investigating Middle School Mathematics

Classroom Lessons Using Wii Sports(r)

Authored by Dr. Christina Gawlik
Edition: 2

The purpose of this resource is to provide educators with classroom tested lessons that allow students to investigate mathematics from playing common video games. Games in all forms, electronic or not, can provide intrinsic motivation as a part of the learning environment. Internal motivation and the learning context are central to education, particularly in learning mathematics (NCTM, 2000; Ma, Xin, Kashor, & Nand, 1997; Sedig, 2008). Research supports the belief that games and the "act of play" have a positive effect on student motivation and retention of knowledge than conventional instruction. However, it is important to recognize that motivation along is not enough for effective learning (Sedig, 2008).

This book consists of six lessons using the game Wii Sports(r) as a data collection source. Students will complete activities based on game play and answer a series of mathematical questions based on the data collected. Teachers are provided with suggestions for incorporating graphing calculators, computer software, and internet resources into the lessons. Additionally, multiple choice assessments accompany the lessons.

Publication Date:
1466406062 / 9781466406063
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics

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