**ERIC Number:**EJ1070874

**Record Type:**Journal

**Publication Date:**2015-Aug

**Pages:**7

**Abstractor:**ERIC

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Strategies to Support Students' Mathematical Modeling

Jung, Hyunyi

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v21 n1 p42-48 Aug 2015

An important question for mathematics teachers is this: "How can we help students learn mathematics to solve everyday problems, rather than teaching them only to memorize rules and practice mathematical procedures?" Teaching students using modeling activities can help them learn mathematics in real-world problem-solving situations that are useful outside school. Modeling, described in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), is one of the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice: "Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace" (CCSSI 2010, p. 7). By including modeling as a mathematical practice, CCSSM invites teachers to strategize ways to develop students' mathematical modeling. This article describes the strategies that two middle school teachers and their students used while working on modeling activities with the author, a researcher, over a semester.

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Activities, Problem Based Learning, State Standards, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Student Projects

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**Publication Type:**Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive

**Education Level:**Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools

**Audience:**Teachers

**Language:**English

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