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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
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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
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Lynch, Sararose D.; Hunt, Jessica H.; Lewis, Katherine E. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2018
This article demonstrates how to consider differentiating instruction for diverse learners while maintaining the cognitive demand of a mathematics task. The authors present scenarios involving hypothetical cases of students in inclusive classrooms who engaged in productive struggle within the differentiated task. The authors specifically focus on…
Descriptors: Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Individualized Instruction, Student Needs
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Safi, Farshid; Bush, Sarah B.; Desai, Siddhi – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2018
In this article, the authors engage middle-grades students in a series of tasks to develop the mathematical idea of equal versus equivalent, culminating in a gerrymandering task with social, political, economic, and educational implications. The primary mathematical goals of this exploration were to involve students in solving real-world problems…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation