Mathematics teaching that provides opportunities for play embodies many of the Mathematics Teaching Practices described in Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM 2014). PhET interactive simulations (or sims), developed by the PhET Project at the University of Colorado Boulder (, are freely available virtual tools that promote play and exploration in mathematics and science topics for K-16 students.

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Karina K. R. Hensberry,, is an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She is interested in teacher professional development and culturally responsive teaching, particularly in the context of STEAM education.

Ian Whitacre,, is a faculty member in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University. He works with preservice and practicing teachers and studies K–8 mathematics teaching and learning.

Kelly Findley,, is a doctoral candidate in mathematics education at Florida State University. His research interest involves technology integration in mathematics and statistics classrooms.

Jennifer Schellinger,, is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University. Her focus is on science education.

Mary Burr Wheeler,, has been teaching middle school math for eight years in Tallahassee, Florida. She is especially interested in incorporating technology in the classroom, student feedback and coaching, and educational leadership.

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Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School


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