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     In this section of MATHguide, teachers will find classroom resources, such as exercise sheet generator, math assessment helper, review games, functional calculators, practical lessons, and research.

     MATHguide has a tutorial that will help instructors create effective web pages. This tutorial explains all the elements of effective webpage design. Topics include typography, graphics, usability, website reviews, and numerous resources for further study.

     MATHguide Link: Elements of Effective Webpage Design

     Teachers spend a considerable amount of time developing creative lesson plans. In an effort to help teachers, MATHguide offers teachers the ability to develop various exercise sheets. These tools will generate random problems for students. This service can be used to a) help students who return after an extended leave of absence, b) create exercise sheets or tests that have multiple versions.

     MATHguide Link: Exercise Sheet Generator

     The weight of standardized tests has hit every school in every district throughout the nation. Handling results and planning for future gains in the area of mathematics poses many challenges. To address those challenges and possible solutions, MATHguide has dedicated an entire page for such a topic. Use the link below to access the information.

     MATHguide Link: Math Assessment Helper

     Teaching mathematics brings with it a whole host of concerns. Besides student problems, such as not having 'number sense,' not having arithmetic skill, and not being able to apply basic mathematics to solve rudimentary problems, there are teaching concerns related to delivery of lessons.
     Teachers must be able to present information in a variety of ways. The goal is to spark interest, involve multiple senses, and foster creativity. Consequently, the days of passing out simplistic worksheets based on repetition as the sole means of imparting and reinforcing knowledge are long gone.
     The following table will enable the modern teacher to perform exciting review techniques for chapter tests, standardized tests, or to possibly provide classroom relief. These games can be used for any academic discipline to involve all students.

Academic Review Games
Specific Hints
By its nature, baseball is very numerical and therefore statistics-prone. This game allows students to review under the theme of a great outdoor game. Teams play simultaneously using their own fields against near flawless cyborgs.
Similar to Math Jeopardy, create problems that range between levels of difficulty and across different categories. Change pitchers every so often by either switching to a different category or level of difficulty. Name your pitchers; "Juancho Answero" is a classic!
Football is a sport that combines physical power, preparedness, and strategy. This game pulls from the excitement of football and the cleverness of academia. Teams play parallel to each other on adjacent fields against brutish automatons.
If a tie-breaker is necessary, go to sudden death. The team that answers the next question correctly wins! The referee can go by the name "Howard Cosine," speak with a nasally tone, and use extremely long run-on sentences.
Students and teacher engage in a mock game of classroom Jeopardy, after the gameshow by the same name. It is a time-tested game that involves all students.
Toward the end of the period, go to Double Jeopardy. During this time, all questions are worth double the points. The referee could wear a really fake glasses-mustache combo after its well-unknown Math Jeopardy host, "Along Trinomial."
General Hints: The teacher (referee) can dress in official gear, like a black and white striped shirt, black hat, and whistle. Call penalties for improper student behavior. Drop a flag for effect. Call questions with an announcer voice. Get enthusiastic!

     Various levels of algebra, trigonometry, calculus and other subjects require the graphical analysis of functions. There are tools that can be used to view these functions. There are software packages, handheld calculators, or these functions can be graphed, laboriously, by hand.
     Thanks to a university professor, there is a free Internet site that can graph functions. Also, due to freeware javascript programs across the Internet from other generous individuals, MATHguide has obtained a free scientific calculator for students. Use the link below to access the calculators.

     MATHguide Link: Calculators

     Teachers are hardpressed to find high quality resources to suppliment their already interesting courses. MATHguide has many online lessons and content ideas to use in order to further help teachers stimulate their students. The lessons are also accompanied by interactive quizmasters that check students for correctness.

     MATHguide Link: Lessons

     Adapting to change is a necessary component of successful enterprises. This is no different for educational institutions. Plotting courses that can maximize benefits relies on a number of factors, one of which is sound research. MATHguide has a number of research articles, presentations, and links to help individual teachers, departments, schools, and districts as they chart courses toward excellence.

     MATHguide Link: Research Materials