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Nix the tricks: index of tricks by types

This chapter from the book ‘Nix the Tricks’ provides an index of tricks broken down into the specific types of tricks; imprecise language, methods eliminating options, tricks students misinterpret, and maths as magic rather than logic. 

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Nix the tricks: index of tricks by standards

This chapter from the book ‘Nix the Tricks’ gives an index of tricks broken down into the Common Core Standards for mathematics in the United States of America. 

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Nix the tricks: conclusion and types of tricks

This chapter from the book ‘Nix the Tricks’ looks at practical ways forward for teachers in implementing the ideas in the book. An example involves challenging students who already claim to understand an area of maths having learned a trick. 

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Nix the tricks: functions

This chapter from the book ‘Nix the Tricks’ by Tina Cardone looks at tricks and short cuts used in the teaching of functions, explains why they are so damaging, and then provides an alternative method that teaches for understanding.


Topics covered include; the definition of gradient, the difference...

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Nix the tricks: equations and inequalities

This chapter from the book ‘Nix the Tricks’ by Tina Cardone looks at tricks and short cuts used in the teaching of equations and inequalities, explains why they are so damaging, and then provides an alternative method that teaches for understanding.

Topics covered include; inequalities symbols, solving...

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Nix the tricks: number systems

This chapter from the book ‘Nix the Tricks’ by Tina Cardone looks at tricks and short cuts used in the teaching of number systems, explains why they are so damaging, and then provides an alternative method that teaches for understanding.

Topics covered include; absolute value, adding directed numbers,...

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Nix the tricks: geometry and measurement

This chapter from the book ‘Nix the Tricks’ by Tina Cardone looks at tricks and short cuts used in the teaching of geometry and measurement, explains why they are so damaging, and then provides an alternative method that teaches for understanding.

Topics covered include; perimeter, definitions for squares...

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Nix the tricks: proportional reasoning

This chapter from the book ‘Nix the Tricks’ by Tina Cardone looks at tricks and short cuts used in the teaching of proportional reasoning, explains why they are so damaging, and then provides an alternative method that teaches for understanding.

Topics in this chapter include; adding fractions with...

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Nix the tricks: operations

This chapter from the book ‘Nix the Tricks’ by Tina Cardone looks at tricks and short cuts used in the teaching of operations, explains why they are so damaging, and then provides an alternative method that teaches for understanding.

Topics in this chapter include; using correct terminology for worded...

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Nix the tricks: preface and introduction

The preface describes the chain of events that led to the creation of the ‘Nix the Tricks’ project. The book has been developed by Tina Cardone, a Public High School Mathematics teacher in Massachusetts, with the active involvement of the online mathematics community. A list of teachers involved with the project is...

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