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Chavez, Oscar; Reys, Robert; Jones, Dusty – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2005

Spatial visualization is an important skill that deserves instructional attention. Strong evidence supports the claim that "measures of mathematical ability tend to be strongly correlated with spatial ability" (Anderson 2000). Thus, there is every reason to believe that time spent helping students develop their spatial visualization skills will…

Descriptors: Visualization, Spatial Ability, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction

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Moran, Glenn T. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2002

Outlines a lesson on the Fibonacci and Lucas sequences that captures student interest by presenting the opportunity for computation practice, mental mathematics, and proof for algebra students. Discusses an extension for solving simultaneous equations. (YDS)

Descriptors: Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Lesson Plans, Mathematics Instruction

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Holbrook, Edna L. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 1998

Presents a modified version of the Wheel of Fortune game for mathematics classrooms that engages students in solving equations by using formal and informal methods. Encourages mental computation and estimation. (ASK)

Descriptors: Algebra, Computation, Educational Games, Estimation (Mathematics)

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Menon, Ramakrishnan – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2003

Describes how students can compute and estimate, mentally and rapidly, by using appropriate number relationships. (YDS)

Descriptors: Arithmetic, Lesson Plans, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Education

Keiser, Jane M. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2012

An interesting change has been occurring in the author's middle school mathematics classes. Some students have become creative, free-thinking inventors. If they have had little experience with an operation, they invent strategies of their own. Sometimes these strategies have been well informed and supported by strong mental math skills and a good…

Descriptors: Grade 8, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students

Zambo, Ron – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2008

This article describes instructional activities designed to help students develop an understanding of the multiple relationships between fractions and percents and unit price as they develop their mental-math abilities. (Contains 4 figures.)

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Mathematical Concepts, Spreadsheets, Mathematics Instruction

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McIntosh, Alistair; And Others – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 1997

Focuses on mental strategies for computing in the middle grades. Describes what they are and why they are important. Refers to relevant research and presents some teaching ideas for developing these strategies beyond the primary grades. Includes a discussion of the role of mental calculation in everyday life both past and future. Contains 27…

Descriptors: Computation, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Learning Strategies

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Fowler, Joan V.; Cohen, Ira S. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 1998

Presents ideas for an assessment that reflects the curriculum standards set forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Discusses how assessment tasks are created to support instruction that values a mastery of the basics, mental mathematics, mathematical vocabulary, problem solving and writing in mathematics, calculator…

Descriptors: Computation, Educational Assessment, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools

Witzel, Bradley S.; Allsopp, David – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2007

Research is only beginning to show the benefits of the effective use of manipulatives with students who have disabilities. This article highlights how teachers can incorporate three manipulative instructional strategies to help students with high-incidence disabilities.

Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Manipulative Materials, Special Education, Mathematics Instruction