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Nabbout-Cheiban, Marie; Fisher, Forest; Edwards, Michael Todd – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics envisions data analysis as a key component of K-grade 12 mathematics instruction with statistics introduced in the early grades. Nonetheless, deficiencies in statistical learning persist throughout elementary school and beyond. Too often, mathematics teachers lack the statistical knowledge for…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Statistics

Lo, Chung Kwan – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

There is a growing interest in using a flipped classroom format in day-to-day teaching. Direct computer-based individual instruction outside the classroom and interactive group learning activities inside the classroom are the two essential components of the flipped classroom model. By watching instructional videos, students can work through some…

Descriptors: Action Research, Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Grade 8

Özgün-Koca, S. Asli – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

The Common Core State Standards (CCSSI 2010) and NCTM's (2014) "Principles to Actions" agree that "for meaningful learning of mathematics, tools and technology must be indispensable features of the classroom . . . that support students in exploring mathematics as well as in making sense of concepts and procedures and engaging in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Mathematical Concepts

Gurl, Theresa J.; Fox, Ryan; Dabovic, Nikolina; Leavitt, Arielle Eager – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

The implementation of the Common Core's Standards for Mathematical Practice can pose a challenge to all teachers of mathematics but especially to preservice teachers. These standards require teaching in a way that often differs from what preservice teachers have experienced as learners. Standard 1--"Make sense of problems and persevere in…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Experience

Kurz, Terri L.; Garcia, Jorge – Mathematics Teacher, 2015

Since the 1950s, the understanding of how the base 10 system works has been encouraged through alternative base systems (Price 1995; Woodward 2004). If high school students are given opportunities to learn other base systems and analyze what they denote, we believe that they will better understand the structure of base 10 and its operations…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods, Grade 8

Larson, Matthew R.; Leinwand, Steven – Mathematics Teacher, 2013

Educators in forty-five states and the District of Columbia are hard at work interpreting and implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010). This work typically involves teacher participation in professional development activities focused on developing an understanding of the content standards as well as the…

Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Academic Standards, State Standards, Faculty Development

Richardson, Kerri; Reynolds, Anne; Schwartz, Catherine S. – Mathematics Teacher, 2012

The quadrilaterals problem is a particularly rich task, applicable to in-service teachers as well as to the students they teach. The ways in which students engage in this task, the strategies they use, and the mathematics that results align well with this "MT" Focus Issue on flexible mathematical thinking. The authors offer their observations of…

Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Cognitive Processes

Suurtam, Christine – Mathematics Teacher, 2012

"Reasoning and sense making should occur in every classroom every day," states "Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making" (NCTM 2009, p. 5). As this book suggests, reasoning can take many forms, including explorations and conjectures as well as explanations and justifications of student thinking. Sense making, on the other…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Grade 7, Mathematics Teachers, Thinking Skills

Cukier, Mimi; Asdourian, Tony; Thakker, Anand – Mathematics Teacher, 2012

Geometry provides a natural window into what it is like to do mathematics. In the world of geometry, playful experimentation is often more fruitful than following a procedure, and logic plus a few axioms can open new worlds. Nonetheless, teaching a geometry course in a way that combines both rigor and play can be difficult. Many geometry courses…

Descriptors: Geometry, Grade 8, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving

Truxaw, Mary P.; DeFranco, Thomas C. – Mathematics Teacher, 2007

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has consistently recognized communication as essential to reform-oriented mathematics teaching (NCTM 1991, 2000). In this article, the authors propose a strategic mix of univocal and dialogic discourse that, when used in conjunction with an "inductive model of teaching," can promote…

Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Classroom Techniques, Teaching Models

Sinn, Robb – Mathematics Teacher, 2007

An eighth grade algebra class used graphing calculators to simulate ecosystems. One simulation introduced mathematical chaos. The activities exposed the students to nonlinear patterns and modeling. The rate-of-change investigations related the ideas of intercept and slope to the changing equilibrium. The chaotic model intrigued them and was useful…

Descriptors: Ecology, Graphing Calculators, Grade 8, Algebra

Kranendonk, Henry A. – Mathematics Teacher, 2006

The Country Data Project was developed for eighth-grade students of Milwaukee public schools to make them understand the importance of numbers by making them interpret the full descriptions of people of various countries by analyzing the numbers summarizing the population distribution of the respective country. The results prove that the project…

Descriptors: Population Distribution, Public Schools, Numbers, Mathematical Concepts

Curcio, Frances R.; Artzt, Alice F.; Porter, Merna – Mathematics Teacher, 2005

This article describes the collaboration between an eighth grade teacher and two college professors in the design and implementation of in vivo field experiences that help preservice secondary school mathematics teachers connect theories of learning with instructional practice.

Descriptors: Grade 8, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Mathematics, Learning Theories