Through trial and error and ultimate success, students create a graph to model a real-world situation.

Contributor Notes

Allyson Hallman-Thrasher, hallman@ohio.edu, an assistant professor of mathematics education at Ohio University in Athens, teaches methods and content courses for preservice elementary and secondary teachers. Her research analyzes ways to support preservice teachers in learning to engage their K–12 students in rich mathematical discussions and cognitively demanding mathematical tasks.

Courtney Koestler, koestler@ohio.edu, is the director of the Ohio Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science in the Patton College of Education at Ohio University. She teaches mathematics methods courses for prospective teachers and works closely with practicing teachers in pre-K–grade 8 classrooms. Her research interests include diversity, equity, social justice, and critical pedagogies.

Danielle Dani, dani@ohio.edu, an associate professor in the department of teacher education and program coordinator for the grades 7–12 certification program at Ohio University, teaches science education and curriculum and instruction and facilitates STEM professional development. Her research investigates strategies for developing teacher knowledge and skills for teaching STEM ideas and practices.

Amanda Kolbe, a_kolbe@lancaster.k12.oh.us, teaches eighth-grade prealgebra and algebra 1 at Thomas Ewing Junior High School in Lancaster, Ohio. She is always looking for innovative ways to teach mathematics while integrating real-world connections.

Katie Lyday, k_lyday@lancaster.k12.oh.us, is a seventh-grade math and eighth-grade honors algebra 1 teacher at Thomas Ewing Junior High School. She enjoys learning new ways to challenge students to think about mathematics and how it applies to the real world.

(Corresponding author is Hallman-Thrasher hallman@ohio.edu)(Corresponding author is Koestler koestler@ohio.edu)(Corresponding author is Danielle Dani dani@ohio.edu)(Corresponding author is Kolbe a_kolbe@lancaster.k12.oh.us)(Corresponding author is Lyday k_lyday@lancaster.k12.oh.us)
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

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