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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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Stoner, Melissa A.; Stuby, Kristin T.; Szczepanski, Susan – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2013
Recent research suggests that high-impact activities in science and math classes promote positive attitudinal shifts in students. By implementing high-impact activities, such as designing a school and a skate park, mathematical thinking can be linked to the engineering design process. This hands-on approach, when possible, to demonstrate or…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Motivation Techniques, Student Motivation, Structural Elements (Construction)
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2013
This newsletter of best practices in implementing the High Schools That Work (HSTW), Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) and Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) school improvement models is based on presentations at the 27th Annual HSTW Staff Development Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the summer of 2013. The newsletter is divided up into…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Learner Engagement, Assignments, High Schools
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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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Dreon, Oliver; Kerper, Richard M.; Landis, Jon – Middle School Journal (J1), 2011
Say the phrase "Charlie bit my finger," and just about every human being with Internet access visualizes the viral video clip of baby Charlie precociously biting the finger of his brother. With almost 200 million views, this video represents just one of thousands of viral videos that form a core component of modern entertainment, news,…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Adolescent Literature, Teacher Education Programs, Student Interests
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Ebby, Caroline; Lim, Vivian; Reinke, Luke; Remillard, Janine; Magee, Emily; Hoe, Nina; Cyrus, Maya – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
In this article, the authors describe a conceptual framework for using locally relevant mathematics curricula to increase access to mathematics for marginalized youth. Drawing on different strands of research on equity in mathematics education, the authors propose that there are three kinds of access that are afforded by the use of contexts that…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Criticism, Relevance (Education), Disadvantaged
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Hughes, Bill – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
Innovations from the United States have often led the world to new discoveries and solutions to complex problems. However, there are alarming indications that the United States is falling behind other countries in the ability to apply science, technology, engineering, and math to complex problems facing our world. In order for the country to…
Descriptors: State Colleges, Engineering, Technology Education, Middle School Students
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Hughes, Bill – Technology Teacher, 2009
The United States' poor performance in teaching math and science eliminates many of the best and brightest school children from the ranks of future scientists and engineers. With little chance to learn in school how science and math skills might translate into professionally useful knowledge, students are unable to make informed choices about…
Descriptors: Schools, Adult Education, Engineering, Mathematics Skills