Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

6-1-2012

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Cheryl Beaver

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

As technology, social interactions and diverse cultures grow; teachers are faced with the challenge of creating informative, relevant and interesting lesson plans for the current generation. While this thesis started out as a creation of two unique lesson plans, it turned into a journey through different teaching methods and the theories that back those methods. This thesis highlights two teaching strategies: Inquiry-Based Learning and the use of Real World examples. These methods can be applied to most middle school or high school mathematics classrooms. Two lessons are given as examples of these teaching methods. A Cryptology lesson introduces students to c lock arithmetic and relates it to encrypting and decrypting codes. In addition, a Geometry lesson focuses on the relationships between similar and congruent triangles. Both lessons use the Inquiry -Based Learning method and Real World applications to actively engage students in what they are learning and thus, give them the opportunity to create meaningful learning experiences.

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