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Seiboldt, Cassandra R.; Males, Lorraine M.; Males, Joshua R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

Beginning a teaching career and working to prepare and support beginning teachers is a roller-coaster of successes and puzzling moments. In this article, author Cassandra (Cassie) Seiboldt shares how she learned to manage her first years of teaching by purposefully planning through anticipating student thinking and solutions, and the positive…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Educators, Mathematics Instruction, Beginning Teachers

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

Hawthorne, Casey; Druken, Bridget K. – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

Both the Common Core State Standards (CCSSI 2010) and the NCTM Process and Content Standards distinguish between Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) and standards for mathematical content. We believe this distinction is important and note that students often acquire knowledge of mathematical content without necessarily developing the related…

Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving

Eichhorn, Melinda S.; DiMauro, Peter J.; Lacson, Courtney; Dennie, Barbara – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

One of the most important roles of a teacher is to create a safe space for learners, consistent with the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) Universal Design for Learning guidelines (CAST 2011). Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for teaching and learning, based on neuroscience research, that guides teachers to eliminate…

Descriptors: Educational Environment, Mathematics Education, Access to Education, Learner Engagement

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

Russell, Craig – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

Although social studies or language arts classes may offer more natural settings for "global studies," the author's students have engaged in projects demonstrating that mathematical topics can work well at furthering the goal of increasing students' cultural literacy. The author describes one project here, where students working in…

Descriptors: Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Tourism, Mathematics Instruction

Pérez, Arnulfo; Braaten, Bailey; MacConnell, Robert – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

Students tend to see mathematical functions as static, mysterious objects that must be approached according to a set of rules and procedures laid out in mathematics textbooks (Clement 2001). Because learners so rarely experience functions as a meaning-making tool that matters to their understanding of the world, they miss critical opportunities to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Mathematics, Mathematics Teachers

Cozzo, Thérèse; Cozzo, Joseph – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, increases in metallurgic technology and better manufacturing methods made naval artillery a more powerful force. Guns could fire more powerful shells that could travel farther and hit a target with much greater accuracy. Torpedoes represented a major threat to even the most powerful of warships, forcing captains…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Trigonometry, Mathematical Concepts

Weber, Christof – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

Students' difficulties understanding the meaning of logarithms could stem in part from differences between teachers' and students' views of them. The purpose of this article is to unpack some specialized content knowledge for teaching logarithms. The author discusses the history of logarithms to show why they can be understood as repeated…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Difficulty Level, Numbers

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

Purvinis, Elaine M.; Fagan, Joshua B. – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

In first- and second-year algebra classrooms, the all-too-familiar whine of "when are we ever going to use this in real life?" challenges mathematics teachers to find new, engaging ways to present mathematical concepts. The introduction of quadratic equations is typically modeled by describing the motion of a moving object with respect…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Equations (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction

Stuart, Rick; Chedister, Matt – Mathematics Teacher, 2019

While students were constructing the concept of rates of change, linear relationships, and nonlinear relationships in a first-year algebra class, the wanted to build a task that allowed them to increase their understanding of covariation, that is, how two variables change in relation to each other. Research has shown that students who have built…

Descriptors: Correlation, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts

Wolbert, Roger S.; Moss, Erin R. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

A common goal for mathematics teachers at any grade level is for "all" students--not just future mathematics teachers--to develop deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning and using. To that end, this lesson can be used in an upper-level high school mathematics course to introduce the concept of a radian in a way that…

Descriptors: High Schools, Thinking Skills, Reflection, Concept Teaching

Mooney, Eileen B. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Top-down implementation of technology is one of the most pervasive phenomena of the last couple of decades in educational history. It is the subject of many books, articles, and blog posts on how to fix schools or why educational technology is not working in the classroom. The idea of providing teachers with technology so they can make students…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction

Hubacz, Meghan – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

During the author's eighteen-year tenure as a high school mathematics teacher, there has been one question that she has yet to answer: "Why don't students do homework?" On the basis of research, many factors may lead to a student leaving homework undone. A student may lack the drive to complete work out of school. Or a student may choose…

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