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Wilburne, Jane M.; Kulbacki, Ashley – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2014
This article describes how a sixth-grade teacher's "missing word" task uncovered higher-level thinking and engaged her students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The role and selection of the task promotes higher-level thinking and connects to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The task required students to apply…
Descriptors: State Standards, Task Analysis, Learning Experience, Teaching Methods
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O'Roark, Jason Lee – Mathematics Teacher, 2013
After serving as a high school math teacher in Maryland for three years, the author moved to teaching sixth-grade math. His high school background led him to differentiate differently than his colleagues. The article discusses his observations and his conclusions and offers a plan to implement changes in the way mathematics is taught through…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, High Schools
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Brown, Dave F.; Canniff, Mary – Middle School Journal (J3), 2007
One of the most challenging daily experiences of teaching young adolescents is helping them transition from Piaget's concrete to the formal operational stage of cognitive development during the middle school years. Students who have reached formal operations can design and test hypotheses, engage in deductive reasoning, use flexible thinking,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Curriculum Design, Cognitive Processes, Adolescent Development