Math in the Middle Institute Partnership


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Math in the Middle Institute Partnership, Action Research Project Report, In partial fulfillment of the MAT Degree. Department of Mathematics. University of Nebraska – Lincoln. July 2008.


In this action research study of my fifth grade mathematics classroom, I investigated how homework presentations combined with written explanations of math homework influenced students’ understanding of math concepts and perceptions of math homework. I discovered that my students really do not like homework but they do believe that homework has a purpose. I also found that my students’ test scores were slightly higher when they had written about and presented a particular math concept. Finally, as a teacher I learned that my students can interact in a positive way and teach each other math, so I do not always have to be the one teaching for my students to learn. As a result of this research I plan to implement homework presentations and written explanations for the entire school year to see if students’ understanding of math concepts continues to increase.