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Buchheister, Kelley; Jackson, Christa; Taylor, Cynthia E. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

With an increased focus on using social discourse to enhance students' mathematical thinking and reasoning (NCTM 2014, Staples and King 2017), teachers are looking for discussion strategies that encourage middlelevel students to make sense of mathematical concepts. However, structuring these valuable discussions is complex. Teachers must carefully…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment

Tapee, Michael; Cartmell, Tammy; Guthrie, Tammy; Kent, Laura B. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

This article describes the practices the authors use to promote learning mathematics through social interactions that they cultivate in their classrooms throughout the year. The design of their instruction is guided by two productive discourse practices that they have found to be the most powerful. The first practice involved posing open…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Interaction

Frabasilio, Angela Marie – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

Ever try to captivate students with real-world applications only to discover that they live in a very different world? Assigning an Extreme Word Problem activity to students alleviates this dilemma by placing the authorship of a problem squarely into the hands of learners. Rather than trying to be hip and finding word problems that resonate with…

Descriptors: Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Imagination, Problem Solving

Chu, Haiwen; Hamburger, Leslie – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

All students need to discuss mathematics to develop and deepen understanding. However, for English Learners (ELs), peer dialogue is imperative and indispensable to conceptual understanding as they participate in mathematical practices and engage in increasingly sophisticated uses of language (Heritage, Walqui, and Linquanti 2015). As ELs share…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, English Language Learners, Peer Relationship

Sela, Hagit; Davis, Nicole; Hulse, Jennifer – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

In education, "dialogue protocols," or "protocols," are structured guidelines that were developed to promote meaningful and efficient communication and learning. They are "vehicles for building the skills--and culture-- necessary for collaborative work. The authors share protocols that were found to transform practices…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Relationship

Peters, Susan A.; Gross, Michelle; Stokes-Levine, Amy – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

Statistics standards found in the Common Core (CCSSI 2010) and other state standards require considerable instructional time and focus for students to develop the depth and breadth of understanding necessary. In this article, the authors offer an approach to teaching a statistics unit that combines student choice with authentic and sustained…

Descriptors: Statistics, Active Learning, Student Projects, Student Interests

Edwards, Clayton M.; Robichaux-Davis, Rebecca R.; Townsend, Brian E. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

Inquiry-based instruction is a student-centered approach to teaching that focuses on active learning (Barron and Darling-Hammond 2008) in which students engage with "tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving" (NCTM 2014). Specifically, such tasks encourage a variety of solution strategies and stimulate use of the NCTM Process…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Active Learning, Inquiry

Speranzo, Laurie; Tillema, Erik – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

As middle school teachers, the authors want their students to develop voice and agency because they want them to be able to make productive decisions about how to approach mathematics, communicate mathematics, and use mathematics to interpret and transform the world in which they live. They use this article to present two vignettes that examine…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Mathematics, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers

Steele, Michael D. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

This article explores facilitating meaningful mathematics discourse, one of the research-based practices described in "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All." Two tools that can support teachers in strengthening their classroom discourse are discussed in this, another installment in the series.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Mathematics, Middle School Students, Grade 6

Sherin, Miriam Gamoran; Lynn, James – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

This article explores three processes involved in attending to evidence of students' thinking, one of the Mathematics Teaching Practices found in "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All." These processes, explored during a classroom activity on proportional relationships, are discussed in this article, another…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills

Ferguson, Sarah – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

Building sets, video games, and scatterplots may seem unrelated, but when they are combined into a problem-based learning (PBL) lesson, these elements join to create a unique learning experience. PBL lessons drive instruction by focusing learning and activities around a central challenge or question while providing a relevant, captivating, and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving

Boaler, Jo – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

Reasoning and problem solving are both critical acts in mathematics learning. The author has met many teachers who tell her they would love to highlight them more but feel they cannot because of the pressures of content coverage, pacing guides, and district tests. In this article, she describes a teaching intervention that highlighted problem…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Validity, Problem Solving

Wickstrom, Megan H.; Fulton, Elizabeth; Lackey, Dacia – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

The fifth-grade curriculum presents many opportunities to use students' prior mathematical knowledge as a way to bridge new and more difficult mathematical ideas. In this article, the authors document an area tiling task given to fifth-grade students to connect aspects of area measurement covered in earlier grades to grade-level standards such as:…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Manipulative Materials, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 5

Rumack, Aaron M.; Huinker, DeAnn – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

Teachers put a great deal of energy into searching for ways to engage each and every student. Some of these efforts fail. Others look promising one day, only to become less effective as the novelty wears off. Teachers want their students to feel ownership of their learning. They also believes that students engage more when learning mathematics…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Personality Traits, Middle School Students, Middle School Mathematics

Wiles, Peter; Lemon, Travis; King, Alessandra – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019

Middle school students are faced with a number of mathematical concepts that require new forms of reasoning. Although the shifts toward proportional and algebraic reasoning are often emphasized in middle school curricula, changes in the nature of geometric reasoning are not always given the same weight. As highlighted in "Catalyzing Change in…

Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Geometry