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Jung, Hyunyi – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

An important question for mathematics teachers is this: "How can we help students learn mathematics to solve everyday problems, rather than teaching them only to memorize rules and practice mathematical procedures?" Teaching students using modeling activities can help them learn mathematics in real-world problem-solving situations that…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

Fitz, Margaret – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2016

This article focuses on the mathematical value of teaching angles through the use of sundials in the classroom. The history of sundials and the mathematics embedded within them is discussed in detail. In addition, practical applications of angles are included, along with interactive practice telling time with the angles created on sundials. Time…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Time

Francisco, John M.; Maher, Carolyn A. – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2011

There is a documented need for more opportunities for teachers to learn about students' mathematical reasoning. This article reports on the experiences of a group of elementary and middle school mathematics teachers who participated as interns in an after-school, classroom-based research project on the development of mathematical ideas involving…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Logic, After School Programs

Prediger, Susanne – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2010

What kind of mathematical knowledge do prospective teachers need for teaching and for understanding student thinking? And how can its construction be enhanced? This article contributes to the ongoing discussion on mathematics-for-teaching by investigating the case of understanding students' perspectives on equations and equalities and on meanings…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers

Bush, Sarah B.; Albanese, Judith; Karp, Karen S.; Karp, Matthew – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2017

Middle school students need relevant, meaningful contexts to apply emerging mathematical ideas. In this project, through the context of an architecture investigation, seventh-grade students engaged in mathematics involving area, surface area, volume, ratios and proportional thinking, number sense, and technology integration. Students, working in…

Descriptors: Middle School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Architectural Education, Teaching Methods

Shin, Dongjo; Smith, Ryan C.; Kim, Somin – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2018

Use a framework to evaluate a tool: Is it mathematically sound? Does it offer opportunities for student engagement with little distraction? Will it afford students the chance to develop their own ideas? This article provides a framework that teachers can use to evaluate technological tools. The authors evaluate two examples that are designed to…

Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Mathematics Instruction, Middle Schools

Mulcahy, Candace A.; Krezmien, Michael; Maccini, Paula – Preventing School Failure, 2014

While the Common Core State Standards and state learning standards guide teachers in what mathematical content knowledge should be addressed as well as the processes and proficiencies necessary for developing mathematical competence, several student- and teacher-related factors may hinder student access to the general education curriculum for…

Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Behavior Disorders

Bostic, Jonathan D. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

"Who has been to Dairy Queen® and purchased a Blizzard?®" Ms. Bosetti asked her students. During the summer, Bosetti had seen many of her former and future students at the local Dairy Queen enjoying Blizzard desserts and wondered, "Which Blizzard size is the best value?" She used this context for a ratios and proportions task…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematical Models, Food

Baxter, Juliet A.; Williams, Steven – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2010

The current reform movement in mathematics education urges teachers to support students as they make sense of mathematics, while also ensuring that they gain specific mathematical skills and knowledge. The tension between these two expectations gives rise to what we call the dilemma of telling: how to ensure that students come to certain…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Educational Change, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics

King, Alessandra – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2014

Middle school students' mathematical understanding benefits from connecting mathematics to other content areas in the curriculum. This month's activity explores the issue of the scarcity of freshwater, a natural resource (activity sheets are included). This activity concentrates on the critical areas mentioned in the Common Core State…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Middle School Students, Teaching Methods

Layton, Rebecca D.; Cady, Jo Ann; Layton, Christopher A. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2017

Recent recommendations for the teaching of mathematics place an emphasis on the Common Core's Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) (CCSSI 2010). The SMPs emphasize constructing viable arguments, critiquing the ideas of others, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, and using computational procedures. These skills, including the use of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Internet, Common Core State Standards

Bush, Sarah B.; Gibbons, Katie; Karp, Karen S.; Dillon, Fred – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

The phenomenon of outbreaks of dangerous diseases is both intriguing to students and of mathematical significance, which is exactly why the authors engaged eighth graders in an introductory activity on the growth that occurs as an epidemic spreads. Various contexts can set the stage for such an exploration. Reading adolescent literature like…

Descriptors: Diseases, Public Health, Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction

Hendrickson, Katie A. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

Mathematical modeling, a focus of the Common Core State Standards for School Mathematics (CCSSI 2010) and one of the Standards for Mathematical Practice, is generally considered to be the process of exploring a real-world situation and making sense of it using mathematics (Lesh and Zawojewski 2007). Teachers need to create opportunities for…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Relevance (Education), Teaching Methods

Jacobson, Erik – Mathematics Teacher, 2014

For many students, making connections between mathematical ideas and the real world is one of the most intriguing and rewarding aspects of the study of mathematics. In the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010), mathematical modeling is highlighted as a mathematical practice standard for all grades. To engage in mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Mathematical Logic, Teaching Methods

Stylianou, Despina A. – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2010

Current reform efforts call for an emphasis on the use of representation in the mathematics classroom across levels and topics. The aim of the study was to examine teachers' conceptions of representation as a process in doing mathematics, and their perspectives on the role of representations in the teaching and learning of mathematics at the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Educational Change, Mathematics Teachers, Middle School Teachers