This is the homepage of "Making Math Engaging: Discrete Mathematics for K-8 Teachers" by Valerie A. DeBellis and Joseph G. Rosenstein

  • Content material that can be used in college mathematics and mathematics education courses, professional development programs, graduate education courses, and self-study.

  • Provides K-8 teachers with a positive experience in learning mathematics through
    • engaging explorations
    • opportunities to solve interesting and challenging problems
    • informal, non-threatening discussions

  • Focuses on discrete mathematics for prospective and practicing K-8 teachers, and on how they can use topics in discrete mathematics to engage their students in doing mathematics.

  • Discrete mathematics:
    • consists of a set of interesting and important mathematical ideas grounded in real-world problems
    • is appropriate for students at all levels and of all abilities
    • is an excellent tool for improving reasoning and problem-solving skills

  • Module 1 discusses vertex-edge graphs and their applications; Module 2 focuses on systematic listing and counting (combinatorics).

  • This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-0443317. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In addition to providing information about these modules, this website will be a resource for teachers who want to learn more about discrete mathematics.

Module 1 will be available for classroom use for the Fall 2006 semester. If you are interested in reviewing the materials for possible adoption, please contact Valerie DeBellis.