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Felicia Palmer
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Mary Henton commented on Felicia Palmer's blog post Is Zero a Number?
"This is an interesting conversation! Thank you, Felicia, for initiating this. I did a search for zero in the MSP2 collection and found a piece on "Babylonian Mathematics." Inside that resource is a page on "The History of Zero."…"
Mar 23, 2011
Felicia Palmer commented on Felicia Palmer's blog post Is Zero a Number?
"The following response if from Dr. Stephen Wilson who recently had a very interesting article in Educational Leadership (March 2011) -- In Defense of Mathematical Foundations.  Dr. Wilson is a professor of mathematics at Johns Hopkins…"
Mar 20, 2011
Felicia Palmer commented on Felicia Palmer's blog post Is Zero a Number?
"Thank you so much for your comments. What surprised me most about the teacher's comment was that she did not acknowledged the fact that zero was a number. I will do a Google search and read more on this."
Mar 19, 2011
Shelly Knippen commented on Felicia Palmer's blog post Is Zero a Number?
"I would also agree that Zero is a number.  Zero is in all of the subsets except, irrational and natural numbers.  Zero would also be a place holder .  If you Google "Is Zero a number", it gives you great information about…"
Mar 18, 2011
Nicole Muth commented on Felicia Palmer's blog post Is Zero a Number?
"I would say it can be both a number and a place holder.  By itself it is a number.  In 0.003, it is a place holder.  Here is what Dr. Math had to say about the history of 0.  http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/52566.html"
Mar 17, 2011
mralby commented on Felicia Palmer's blog post Is Zero a Number?
"Zero is included in the real numbers, which makes zero a number by definition. The only subsets of the reals that do not include zero are the natural or counting numbers, and the irrational numbers. I would argue that zero is a number"
Mar 17, 2011
Felicia Palmer posted a blog post

Is Zero a Number?

Interesting question, isn't it? You would think, not to say assume, that any math teacher would agree with the fact that zero is indeed a number. It is located on the number line between 1 and -1, you can add to it, multiply by it, divide (although the "real" answer would be undefined), or subtract from it and obtain a negative number. This morning, my kindergarten daughter, asked one of the teachers at my middle school the question, "What is the first number in the number system?" She (the…See More
Mar 17, 2011
Felicia Palmer replied to Dan Sherman's discussion MATH PRACTICE AND LEARNING PROGRAM – FREE FOR TEACHERS
"Thank you so much for this tip. I haven't heard about this site until now. I "played" around for awhile now, and I am excited to have my students use it."
Feb 21, 2011
Felicia Palmer is now a member of Middle School Portal
Feb 21, 2011

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Classroom Teacher (preK-12)
What discipline(s) do you teach?
Mathematics, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Special Education
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Content knowledge, Instructional strategies, Integrating technology, Involving parents/caregivers, Special needs students
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Is Zero a Number?

Interesting question, isn't it? You would think, not to say assume, that any math teacher would agree with the fact that zero is indeed a number. It is located on the number line between 1 and -1, you can add to it, multiply by it, divide (although the "real" answer would be undefined), or subtract from it and obtain a negative number.

 

This morning, my kindergarten daughter, asked one of the teachers at my middle school the question, "What is the first number in the number…

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At 12:56pm on March 8, 2011, Davilla Riddle said…

Hi,


If you are interested, there are several places where you can immediately take something away or contribute to this site.  Check out the new group Collaboration.  MSP2 wants to create opportunities for teachers to collaborate locally or globally and form PLCs around science and mathematics. This group provides educators with a forum to create student collaboration projects around STEM concepts.  There is a link to our Cool Tools wiki under MSP2 Resources on the main page, too. 


Is there anything I can help you with right now?


There are several great upcoming events scheduled, too!


Aloha!

Davilla, MSP2 Teacher Leader

At 3:04pm on February 21, 2011, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Felicia - Welcome aboard! I wanted to tell you a little about MSP2 - we are using this NING network as a place where educators can connect with each other (through answers to profile questions and the advanced Members search) and also as a way to connect educators with exemplary resources and professional development opportunities.
 
If you look on the Main page - you'll see MSP2 resources in the upper left hand box - we have resource guides where we have sifted and sorted and contextualized resources on topics important to middle school math and science teachers, an archive of all of our past webinars, the ability to search the MSP2 collection, and pages of teacher and student opportunities and grants. Our newest resource guides are Teaching With Trade Books which includes lessons for science AND math classes and Science Misconceptions.

We've got some great upcoming events - check them out in the Events section. One on using iPads is coming up soon - all of the webinars are free.

Please don't hesitate to post a question or comment on a discussion or blog post. We are always looking for feedback and new ideas for PD opportunities and people who would like to present.
 
So glad you joined - Kim
 
 
 

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