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Steckroth, Jeffrey – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

In this "Delving Deeper" article, the author introduces the slip-slide method for solving Algebra 1 mathematics problems. This article compares the traditional method approach of trial and error to the slip-slide method of factoring. Tools that used to be taken for granted now make it possible to investigate relationships visually,…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematical Applications, Problem Solving, Comparative Analysis

Bressoud, David – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Over the past five years, the Mathematical Association of America, with support from the National Science Foundation, has explored the teaching of mainstream Calculus 1 at the postsecondary level, where by "mainstream" we mean those courses that can be used as part of the prerequisite stream to more advanced postsecondary mathematics. We…

Descriptors: College Students, College Mathematics, Calculus, National Surveys

Sherman, Milan; Cayton, Charity – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Students' ability to use appropriate tools strategically is an important skill of mathematically proficient students (SMP 5, CCSSI 2010, p. 7). A parallel practice for teachers is using appropriate tools strategically for mathematics instruction. An important element of this practice is that the use of technology depends on the goals of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Geometry

Lim, Woong; Kim, Hongjoong; Stallings, Lynn; Son, Ji-Won – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Research has found that students, particularly those in middle school and high school, believe that their participation in mathematics classrooms includes listening to teachers explaining, working in textbooks, and solving exercise problems quickly (Franke, Kazemi, and Battey 2007). In this article, the authors describe a classroom vignette and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Student Diversity, Vignettes, Teaching Methods

Gutiérrez, Rochelle – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Most mathematics teachers know that students can be a great source for understanding what they need as thinkers, group members, mathematics learners, and future citizens. Thus, listening to students is an important teacher practice. But listening takes time, something that not all teachers feel that they have. And many attempts to listen to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Hispanic American Students, Identification (Psychology), Educational Opportunities

Watanabe, Maika; Evans, Laura – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

This article discusses assessments that can be used to help encourage a collaborative classroom community, in which students help one another learn mathematics. The authors describe participation quizzes and explanation quizzes as assessment tools that encourage students to work together, share specific questions on challenging mathematics…

Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Mathematics Instruction, Student Evaluation, Mathematics Tests

Jett, Christopher C.; Stinson, David W.; Williams, Brian A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

The social and educational status of black male youth in the United States has been receiving increasing attention. In February 2014, President Barack Obama announced a new national initiative--My Brother's Keeper--for helping black boys and male youth or, to speak more generally, boys and young men of color, to "stay on track; providing the…

Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Hand, Victoria; Kirtley, Karmen; Matassa, Michael – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Shrinking the achievement gap in mathematics is a tall order. One way to approach this challenge is to think about how the achievement gap manifests itself in the classroom and take concrete action. For example, opportunities to participate in activities that involve mathematical reasoning and argumentation in a safe and supportive manner are…

Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Achievement, Student Participation

Koyunkaya, Melike Yigit; Kastberg, Signe; Quinlan, James; Edwards, Michael Todd; Keiser, Jane – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Right triangles play a significant role in mathematics. In this favorite lesson, the authors help students understand variant and invariant properties by considering relationships among angle measures and side lengths in right triangles. Students explore these relationships using interactive mathematics software, changing one angle and observing…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometric Concepts, Computer Software, Mathematics Activities

Strayer, Jeremy F.; Edwards, Michael Todd – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

A news story claiming that the cream filling of a popular "double" cream sandwich cookie is not really "double" went viral in fall 2013. A high school mathematics teacher posted a blog entry describing how he and his students measured 20 cookies, analyzed the data, and concluded that the double cream cookies had only 1.86 times…

Descriptors: Media Literacy, News Media, Mathematics Education, Statistics

Cetner, Michelle – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

When thinking about student reasoning and sense making, teachers must consider the nature of tasks given to students along with how to plan to use the tasks in the classroom. Students should be presented with tasks in a way that encourages them to draw connections between algebraic and geometric concepts. This article focuses on the idea that it…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Geometry, Algebra

Meyer, Dan – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) have exerted enormous pressure on every participant in a child's education. Students are struggling to meet new standards for mathematics learning, and parents are struggling to understand how to help them. Teachers are growing in their capacity to develop new mathematical competencies, and…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Academic Standards, State Standards

Cupillari, Antonella – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Practical problems that use mathematical concepts are among the highlights of any mathematics class, for better and for worse. Teachers are thrilled to show applications of new theoretical ideas, whereas most students dread "word problems." This article presents a sequence of three activities designed to get students to think about…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Word Problems (Mathematics), Mathematics Activities, Geometric Concepts

Ponce, Gregorio A.; Tuba, Imre – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

New strategies can ignite teachers' imagination to create new lessons or adapt lessons created by others. In this article, the authors present the experience of an algebra teacher and his students solving linear and literal equations and explain how the use of ideas found in past NCTM journals helped bring this lesson to life. The…

Descriptors: Equations (Mathematics), Instructional Innovation, Teaching Methods, Creative Teaching

Anhalt, Cynthia Oropesa; Cortez, Ricardo – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Mathematical modeling, in which students use mathematics to explain or interpret physical, social, or scientific phenomena, is an essential component of the high school curriculum. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) classify modeling as a K-12 standard for mathematical practice and as a conceptual category for high school…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts