Instructor's materials for the lessons are available, with solutions and commentary for the benefit of the teacher. Instructions are available (PDF, 17.5 KB) for obtaining these materials free of charge.
Terms and Conditions for Use
- The materials are not to be sold.
- The student materials may be copied and distributed.
- The instructor materials may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, mechanical, electronic, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the permission of the Kuyers Institute.
- The student materials may be customized under the following conditions:
- No information currently on the title or table of contents page may be altered or removed.
- A statement must be prominently placed on either the title or table of contents page, indicating that the materials have been altered.
- No altered materials may be distributed beyond the instructor’s classroom without the permission of the Kuyers Institute.
Materials will be attached as a ZIP file to an e-mail and sent to the e-mail address specified in the request letter (see the above-mentioned document). Materials can be sent in (editable) MS Word 2003 (2.85 MB) or (uneditable) PDF (926 KB) format. Because some spam and firewall software blocks ZIP attachments, alternative arrangements can be made if specifically requested.
Units Ready for Testing
All Kuyers mathematics units have been classroom tested. However, we have additional units that have been edited and are ready for testing. If you are an instructor or a home-school parent, please contact us to obtain a username and password to download these units; then, test them with your students and send us your feedback. When testing and subsequent revising are completed, these units will be added to the Kuyers mathematics collection
Guidelines for Authors
We want to encourage users of the Kuyers mathematics materials to write additional units. All submissions will be read carefully by our review committee and those that are accepted will be class tested. After successful testing and modification, selected units will be added to the Kuyers collection. Here are a few guidelines we ask authors to follow:
- If you are thinking about submitting a unit, send us your ideas before writing a complete unit. That way, we can help you focus your efforts most effectively.
- We strongly encourage collaboration with colleagues in developing, revising, and testing new units. Also, you should class test the unit yourself and revise it based on your experience before submitting it.
- Try to write in a style similar to the original nine Kuyers math units; follow the same numbering conventions for sections, exercises, etc.
- A teachers’ guide should accompany each unit and should begin with the following sections:
Math Content: what mathematical topics are addressed
Spiritual Development: the spiritual themes explored
Intended Audience: what courses and grade levels the unit is written for
Using this Unit: suggestions on how to use the unit effectively
The guide may also include sections providing additional background information, helpful references for more information, lists of special resources needed, and a list of connections to curriculum standards such as those issued by the NCTM.
The teachers’ guides must also include solutions to all exercises. For discussion questions, it should suggest key ideas that should be addressed.
- Spiritual applications should arise naturally in connection with major themes such as God as creator, human beings as created in His image, mathematics as a gift of God that we can enjoy and be grateful for, stewardship, justice, cultural discernment, and worship.
- As much as possible with your topic, allow for various pedagogical approaches; different teachers have different styles.
- Start with the assumption that you are writing to people who share your faith and would like to grow in their understanding of it. Stick with the main themes of historic Christian belief shared by Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox believers. If you do have to get into a topic on which denominational positions vary, acknowledge the differences and treat all points of view respectfully.
- Some topics to avoid: numerology, lessons that teach a particular perspective on controversial issues (such as the age of the earth), apologetics that aim to “prove” theological claims by mathematical or logical arguments, justifications of the study of mathematics by the presence of numbers or other mathematical objects in Scripture, and lessons that seek to explain mathematical terminology by association with similar terminology in Scripture.
- Submit your unit in MS Word, Times New Roman 12 font, via e-mail.
- Check http://www.calvin.edu/kuyers/grants/curr_unit.php for a possible source of funding to help the development of your Kuyers math unit.