The purpose of this grant is to incorporate middle school classroom materials or lessons that actively engage students in tasks and experiences to deepen and connect their content knowledge. For 2007-2008, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades 6-8. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate medium. Materials may not be calculators, computers, or related equipment. Although such equipment is essential in today’s classroom, this award is not intended to purchase such equipment. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: attention to one or more of the Content Standards: number and operations, geometry, measurement, algebra; clarity of plans for developing and evaluating materials; overall creativity of planned materials, and the anticipated impact on students’ learning.

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