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Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach
By Diana Fisher
Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach by Diana Fisher provides a set of materials that can be used to supplement current curriculum for Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Calculus classes.

Students build understanding of abstract mathematical functions (such as linear, quadratic, and exponential) by creating models using STELLA software. They then can make use of the software's simulation capabilities to explore solutions to real-world problems.

Materials meet National Science Education Standards (NSES) and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards and are out-of-the-box ready for use in your classroom today.
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Engage Students by Visualizing Math
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Design diagrams that model the structure of mathematical functions to understand their behavior Represent important Algebra and Calculus functions visually to support diverse learning styles.
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Applications Across the Sciences

If you’re a science teacher, you’ll find many of the lessons contained in this book provide a powerful vehicle for explaining basic science concepts. The motion lessons found throughout the book, for example, can be used to introduce, reinforce, or supplement concepts taught in the physical science and/or physics curriculum. Similarly, the population dynamics lessons can be used in the context of many classes in the life sciences.

Other lessons such as “Contagious Diseases” and “Lead in the Body” offer real-world case studies that are highly applicable to the more mathematically rigorous classes in the sciences.


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Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach
This package includes:
  • A Teacher’s Guide
  • A CD containing:
    • Student Lessons (with unlimited copying rights)
    • Models associated with the Teacher’s Guide
    • STELLA v10 software (save disabled)
"In my classroom, I am continually seeking to employ techniques that emphasize student driven learning through participation in the scientific process. Diana’s labs are a perfect fit. They are easy to prepare for and are error free. They guide the students through scientific problem solving and require a careful analysis."
—Chris Hedeen
Oregon City HS, Oregon


About the Author
Diana Fisher received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Texas, El Paso and her master's degree in mathematics from the University of Montana. A teacher since 1969, she is currently teaching Advanced Algebra, AP Calculus, C++ and Java Programming, and Modeling Dynamic Systems at Wilson High School in Portland, Oregon.

In 2011, the System Dynamics Society presented Diana with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work bringing system dynamics to K-12 education. She was just the second recipient in the history of the System Dynamics Society to receive this prestigious award.

She has presented at the International System Dynamics Conference since 1994, presenting plenary papers in 1998, 2000 and 2003. In 1995 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching for the state of Oregon. In 1996 she was first-place co-winner of the Intel Innovations in Teaching Award for the state of Oregon. She was the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CC-STADUS (Cross-Curricular Systems Thinking and Dynamics Using STELLA) grant (1993-1996) and also co-directed the NSF CC-SUSTAIN (Cross-Curricular Systems Using STELLA: Training and In-service) grant (1997-2000).

Diana published Lessons in Mathematics: A Dynamic Approach in 2001 and Modeling Dynamic Systems: Lessons for a First Course in 2005. She has worked in industry as a software engineer and co-authored (in the 1980s) three programming textbooks published by Computer Science Press.

 
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