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Henderson, Christie – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

Embedding mathematics in a relatable context has changed the way Christie Henderson's elementary students view the subject. In this article, Henderson discusses how presenting mathematics through a relatable context enables students to visualize the math and make a pictorial representation to aid them in solving it. When relevant and relatable…

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

Cloft, Kristal – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Many ways exist to engage students without detracting from the mathematics. Certainly some are high-tech options, such as video games, online trivia sites, and PowerPoint® presentations that follow the same model as Jeopardy; but sometimes low-tech options can be just as powerful. One exciting way to connect with students is by incorporating…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Mathematics Activities, Educational Games

Dibbs, Rebecca; Beach, Janessa; Rios, Daniel – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Rich mathematical modeling activities are crucial to giving students agency and making mathematics meaningful. Proportional reasoning and transitional algebraic reasoning are the primary topics in the prealgebra curriculum, so a need exists for meaningful modeling activities using proportional reasoning in addition to geometric modeling. In…

Descriptors: High School Freshmen, Grade 9, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Activities

McGraw, Rebecca – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

The task shared in this article provides geometry students with opportunities to recall and use basic geometry vocabulary, extend their knowledge of area relationships, and create area formulas. It is characterized by reasoning and sense making (NCTM 2009) and the "Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others"…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Geometric Concepts, Mathematical Formulas, Mathematics Skills

Samuels, Jason – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

Calculus has frequently been called one the greatest intellectual achievements of humankind. As a key transitional course to college mathematics, it combines such elementary ideas as rate with new abstract ideas--such as infinity, instantaneous change, and limit--to formulate the derivative and the integral. Most calculus texts begin with the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Graphs, Problem Solving

McDowell, Eric L. – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

By the time they reach middle school, all students have been taught to add fractions. However, not all have "learned" to add fractions. The common mistake in adding fractions is to report that a/b + c/d is equal to (a + c)/(b + d). It is certainly necessary to correct this mistake when a student makes it. However, this occasion also…

Descriptors: Fractions, Number Systems, Number Concepts, Numbers

Hurdle, Zach; Warshauer, Max; White, Alex – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

The desire to persuade students to avoid strictly memorizing formulas is a recurring theme throughout discussions of curriculum and problem solving. In combinatorics, a branch of discrete mathematics, problems can be easy to write--identify a few categories, add a few restrictions, specify an outcome--yet extremely challenging to solve. A lesson…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Activities, Mathematical Formulas, Computation

DeJarnette, Anna F.; Rosado Lausell, Sahid L.; González, Gloriana – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

How can geometry teachers design great tasks that allow students to make connections among interrelated concepts and expand their geometric reasoning skills? Many curricular materials provide problems for students to apply a single geometric concept. However, these problems do not always promote reasoning opportunities for students, because…

Descriptors: Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Task Analysis, Mathematics Activities

Hsiao, Joy – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Paper folding, or origami in Japanese, is a traditional craft that has been enjoyed by both children and adults for hundreds of years. Mathematicians have long studied the mathematics of paper folding. They use square papers to construct mathematical shapes (for example, folding an equilateral triangle from a square paper or trisecting an angle),…

Descriptors: Handicrafts, Geometric Concepts, Geometry, Problem Solving