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Zhao, Manqian; Lapuk, Karen – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2016), the number of public school students in the United States who were English learners (ELs) was estimated at 4.5 million. However, in 2005, the national standardized testing scores (Fry 2007) show that about 51 percent of eighth-grade EL students were behind other students in reading…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, English Language Learners, Mathematics Teachers

Edwards, Thomas G.; Chelst, Kenneth R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

While tutoring his granddaughter in second-year algebra recently, the second author lamented that every textbook he could find expresses the quadratic formula as probably the most common form of the formula. What troubled him is that this form hides the meaning of the various components of the equation. Indeed, the meaning was obscured by the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Formulas, Algebra, Teaching Methods

Deshpande, Anjali; Guglielmo, Shannon – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

In recent years, increased attention has been given to the ideas of growth mindsets, brain science, and mathematical mindsets thanks to the important contributions by Dweck (2008), Boaler (2015), and their research teams. Many math teachers invest the time and energy into thinking about what motivates students to learn. The body of work on…

Descriptors: Student Motivation, Problem Solving, Motivation Techniques, Mathematics Instruction

Ptak, Karine S. – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

During the 2013-2014 school year, the Maryland State High School Assessment in Algebra with Data Analysis (HSA) was a requirement for high school graduation in Maryland. At Frederick High School, only 27 percent of students who took the test that year passed. To respond to such an alarming failure rate, three teachers and the author developed and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Secondary School Mathematics, High School Students