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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

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

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

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

McGinn, Kelly M.; Lange, Karin E.; Booth, Julie L. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

Researchers have extensively documented, and math teachers know from experience, that algebra is a "gatekeeper" to more advanced mathematical topics. Students must have a strong understanding of fundamental algebraic concepts to be successful in later mathematics courses. Unfortunately, algebraic misconceptions that students may form or…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Fundamental Concepts, Misconceptions

Roy, George J.; Hodges, Thomas E.; Graul, LuAnn – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016

Who will make a better estimate concerning the number of jelly beans in a jar, a single person or a group of people? On one side of the debate is the notion that a person would make a better decision because he or she uses unique knowledge that the group may not possess. On the opposite side of the argument is the claim that because of their…

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

Wernet, Jamie L. W. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016

When the author returned to teaching after several years in graduate school, she came armed with knowledge and visions of a student-centered classroom. Her experiences in a doctoral program taught her much about effective mathematics instruction and rekindled her desire to teach. However, a student-centered classroom reflected a major shift in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Student Centered Curriculum, Problem Based Learning

Roscoe, Matt B. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016

Instead of reserving the study of probability and statistics for special fourth-year high school courses, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) takes a "statistics for all" approach. The standards recommend that students in grades 6-8 learn to summarize and describe data distributions, understand probability, draw…

Descriptors: Data Analysis, Probability, Statistics, Mathematics

Degner, Kate – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

In the author's experience with this activity, students struggle with the idea of representativeness in probability. Therefore, this student misconception is part of the classroom discussion about the activities in this lesson. Representativeness is related to the (incorrect) idea that outcomes that seem more random are more likely to happen. This…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Activities, Probability, Educational Games

Prasad, Priya V. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2016

How can we, as teachers, encourage students to move from drawing geometric objects to constructing them and thereby build their mathematical reasoning skills? One way to encourage students to construct instead of draw shapes and to help students develop more robust understandings of geometric relationships and constructions is to use interactive…

Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics, Mathematics Education

Wiest, Lynda R.; Amankonah, Frank O.; Thomas, Troy A. – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2011

Mathematics education is replete with activities that explore real-world problems. A variety of these problems are added to lessons in the belief that merely applying mathematics knowledge to everyday contexts will enhance the transfer of that knowledge to other settings. However, these contexts are hypothetical rather than authentic. This…

Descriptors: Numeracy, Grade 5, Grade 6, Middle School Students