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Accardo, Amy L.; Kuder, S. Jay – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2017

Mr. Perez and Mrs. Peterson co-teach a ninth-grade algebra class. Perez and Peterson's class includes four students with individualized education programs (IEPs). In response to legislation, such as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act (2001) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2006), an increasing number of students…

Descriptors: Grade 9, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Algebra

Brown, Scott A. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016

The traditional technique for converting repeating decimals to common fractions can be found in nearly every algebra textbook that has been published, as well as in many precalculus texts. However, students generally encounter repeating decimal numerals earlier than high school when they study rational numbers in prealgebra classes. Therefore, how…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Algebra, Fractions

Young, Lanee – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016

Research shows that playing games in the classroom improves students' attitudes toward mathematics, increases motivation to practice skills inside and outside the classroom, and increases learning by encouraging students of all levels to participate. Rutherford asserts that playing games encourages strategic mathematical thinking and supports…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, Toys

Corey, Douglas Lyman; Lemon, Travis; Gilbert, Edward; Ninomiya, Hiroyuki – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016

With international exams (PISA and TIMSS) producing results every three or four years, there is near continual talk of East Asian dominance in mathematics education. Beyond the reporting of scores, some studies have compared mathematics teaching in these countries with U.S. instruction. However, researchers are not (usually) grade school math…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers

Starling, Courtney; Whitacre, Ian – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016

Mathematics is a language that is characterized by words and symbols that have precise definitions. Many opportunities exist for miscommunication in mathematics if the words and symbols are interpreted incorrectly or used in imprecise ways. In fact, it is found that imprecision is a common source of mathematical disagreements and misunderstandings…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Equations (Mathematics), Class Activities, Demonstrations (Educational)

Garimella, Umadevi I.; Robertson, Belinda M. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

A solid understanding of the structure and function of cells can help establish the foundation for learning advanced concepts in the biological sciences. The concept of the cell is introduced in middle school life science courses and is continued at the undergraduate level in college (NRC 2012; Reece et al. 2014). Cells are introduced to students…

Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Cytology, Mathematical Models, Scientific Concepts

Sharp, Janet; Lutz, Tracie; LaLonde, Donna E. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

Cultures need to accurately record dates and times for various societal purposes, ranging from knowing when to plant crops to planning travel. In ancient times, the sun and moon were used as measurement devices because of the scientific understanding of the physical world at that time. Ancient timekeepers monitored celestial events and either used…

Descriptors: Measurement Techniques, Astronomy, Grade 6, Summer Programs

Degner, Kate – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

In the author's experience with this activity, students struggle with the idea of representativeness in probability. Therefore, this student misconception is part of the classroom discussion about the activities in this lesson. Representativeness is related to the (incorrect) idea that outcomes that seem more random are more likely to happen. This…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Activities, Probability, Educational Games

Thomas, Jonathan; Fisher, Molly H.; Jong, Cindy; Schack, Edna O.; Krause, Lisa R.; Kasten, Sarah – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

In the buzzing activity of the mathematics classroom, teaching in a way that effectively responds to and furthers students' thinking can be quite challenging. Given that teachers' instructional decisions will directly influence students' learning, it is extremely important to develop the sorts of practices that lead to productive in-the-moment…

Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills, Classroom Techniques

Davis, Brent – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

For centuries, the basic operations of school mathematics have been identified as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Notably, these operations are "basic," not because they are foundational to mathematics knowledge, but because they were vital to a newly industrialized and market-driven economy several hundred years…

Descriptors: Grade 8, Units of Study, Teaching Methods, Fundamental Concepts

Wells, Pamela J. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

Linear functions are an important part of the middle school mathematics curriculum. Students in the middle grades gain fluency by working with linear functions in a variety of representations (NCTM 2001). Presented in this article is an activity that was used with five eighth-grade classes at three different schools. The activity contains 15 cards…

Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Mathematics Instruction

Roy, George J.; Safi, Farshid; Graul, LuAnn – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

As current mathematics standards, such as the Common Core, are being implemented throughout the United States, it has become evident that teachers need support to enact the tenets of those standards. To help in this endeavor, this article was published as a guideline to emphasize to mathematics education stakeholders that "effective teaching…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Common Core State Standards, Educational Practices

Green, Daniel; Kearney, Thomas – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

Emperor penguins, the largest of all the penguin species, attain heights of nearly four feet and weigh up to 99 pounds. Many students are not motivated to learn mathematics when textbook examples contain largely nonexistent contexts or when the math is not used to solve significant problems found in real life. This article's project explores how…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Animals, Foreign Countries, Measurement

King, Alessandra – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2014

Middle school students' mathematical understanding benefits from connecting mathematics to other content areas in the curriculum. This month's activity explores the issue of the scarcity of freshwater, a natural resource (activity sheets are included). This activity concentrates on the critical areas mentioned in the Common Core State…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods

Whitacre, Ian; Bishop, Jessica Pierson; Philipp, Randolph A.; Lamb, Lisa L.; Schappelle, Bonnie P. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2014

A story problem about borrowing money, presented in this article, may be represented with positive or negative numbers and thought about in different ways. The authors describe ideas related to integers (both positive and negative) and how students used them in relation to a story problem, and how they related these ideas to equations.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Middle School Students, Word Problems (Mathematics)