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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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Stephan, Michelle; Smith, Jennifer – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2019
Engaging in argumentation can lead to an increase in the development of critical-thinking skills, not to mention academic achievement, emotional maturity, and academic and communication skills. If argumentation is such an effective format for developing rigorous academic ideas, how might it be used in discussion-oriented classrooms to engage…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Mathematics
Bishop, Penny A.; Downes, John M.; Farber, Katy – Harvard Education Press, 2019
"Personalized Learning in the Middle Grades" shows how teachers in grades 5--8 can leverage the use of personalized learning plans (PLPs) to increase student agency and engagement, helping youth to establish learning goals aligned with their interests and assess their own learning--particularly around essential skills that cut across…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Hainsworth, Mark; Hainsworth, Laura – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
In this article the authors describe an Integrative Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Design-Based Learning (I-STEM ED DBL) activity that invites students to delve into the science, technology, and engineering related to the production of Ötzi's copper axe and to speculate about the circumstances surrounding his…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Activities, Metallurgy, Summer Programs
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Lin, Patricia A. – Social Studies, 2018
This article draws on current research in the areas of storytelling and social studies to present a practical, culturally responsive storytelling model for Grades 7-9 social studies teachers to use to better engage English Language Learners (ELLs). Integrating the proven effectiveness of storytelling from a scientific and social perspective, with…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
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Abbott, Amy L. – Middle School Journal, 2017
The detected decline in middle school students' school engagement during the period of young adolescence is concerning. As middle school can be perceived as a time in which plans for higher education and career considerations begin to take shape, planting seeds for future aspirations certainly seems appropriate. This article draws on the…
Descriptors: Student Interests, Middle School Students, Learner Engagement, Early Adolescents
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Duckor, Brent; Holmberg, Carrie; Becker, Joanne Rossi – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2017
Research on teacher professional learning has shown that formative assessment can improve student learning more than most instructional practices. Empirical evidence indicates that thoughtfully implemented formative assessment practices improve students' learning, increase students' scores, and narrow achievement gaps between low-achieving…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers
New York State Education Department, 2017
This document describes the model used by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to measure student growth for institutional accountability in New York State for the 2016/17 school year. In 2016/17, growth models were implemented for institutional accountability in Grades 4-8 ELA and mathematics. All models are based on assessing each…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Growth Models, Accountability, Research Reports
New York State Education Department, 2017
This document describes the model used by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to measure student growth for institutional accountability in New York State for the 2015/16 school year. In 2015/16, growth models were implemented for institutional accountability in Grades 4-8 ELA and mathematics. All models are based on assessing each…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Growth Models, Accountability, Research Reports
Kriegel, Otis – ASCD, 2016
Packed with ideas for both new and veteran teachers of K-8 students, this book touches on a variety of topics that are especially relevant to the first week of school. The author provides critical information that includes arranging and navigating the classroom, setting basic expectations, communicating routines, and understanding your students'…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Williams-Candek, Maryellen – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016
How better to begin the study of linear equations in an algebra class than to determine what students already know about the subject? A seventh-grade algebra class in a suburban school undertook a project early in the school year that was completed before they began studying linear relations and functions. The project, which might have been…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Algebra, Grade 7
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Roscoe, Matt B. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016
Instead of reserving the study of probability and statistics for special fourth-year high school courses, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) takes a "statistics for all" approach. The standards recommend that students in grades 6-8 learn to summarize and describe data distributions, understand probability, draw…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Probability, Statistics, Mathematics
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Prummer, Kathy E.; Amador, Julie M.; Wallin, Abraham J. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016
Two mathematics teachers in a small rural school decided to create a task that would engage seventh graders. The goal of the real-world activity was to help students develop geometric and spatial reasoning and to support their understanding of volume of rectangular prisms. The impetus for the task came from the teachers' desire to engage students…
Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Geometry, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Roy, George J.; Fueyo, Vivian; Vahey, Philip; Knudsen, Jennifer; Rafanan, Ken; Lara-Meloy, Teresa – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016
Although educators agree that making connections with the real world, as advocated by "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" (NCTM 2014), is important, making such connections while addressing important mathematics is elusive. The authors have found that math content coupled with the instructional strategy of…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Teaching Methods
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Yopp, David A. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016
Students engage in proportional reasoning when they use covariance and multiple comparisons. Without rich connections to proportional reasoning, students may develop inadequate understandings of linear relationships and the equations that model them. Teachers can improve students' understanding of linear relationships by focusing on realistic…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematical Concepts
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