An article from the NCTM legacy journalMathematics Teaching in the Middle School offers simple methods to improve discourse and engagement in the mathematics classroom.
“Discourse: Simple Moves that Work”
Molly Rothermel Rawding, Theresa Wills, and Introduction by: Karla Bandemer
Two Technology Frameworks: Their Use in Lesson Design
Elizabeth B. Harkey, Angela T. Barlow, and Victoria Groves-Scott
The authors used two technology frameworks to design three seventh-grade mathematics lessons, focusing on opportunities to address collaboration, authenticity, or personalization.
Discuss It! Collaborating on the Tortoise and Hare Task
K. Ann Renninger, Maria Consuelo De Dios, Annie Fetter, Maeve R. Hogan, Moe Htet Kyaw, Ana G. Michels, Marina Nakayama, Richard Tchen, Stephen A. Weimar, Helena Werneck de Souza Dias, and Feven Yared
The authors share an online collaborative problem-solving activity that integrates support for students’ developing conceptual understanding, focused engagement, and positive feelings of agency and identity.
Filling Vases and Making Tanks
Two classic hands-on tasks address conceptual understanding of functions. The tasks center student discourse and rough draft mathematics as students grapple with the relationship between input and output.
STEM and Social Consciousness
Krystal Jones Carter
A well-crafted classroom engineering challenge can effectively answer compelling questions about social and global responsibility.
Advancing Agency Through Conjecturing
Support students in conjecturing in ways that can promote their agency in the learning process.
Building on Student Assets Through Number Talks
Jodie A. Bailey
This author used Number Talks as an asset-based approach to build on students’ prior knowledge and make connections across strategies in a Grade 7 mathematics class to address unfinished learning that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using Mathematics to Design a Droid
George J. Roy, Matthew Cunningham, and Kenneth Rafanan
Teachers have the opportunity to make mathematics relevant. We leveraged the popularity of Star Wars to engage students in exploring and connecting two dimensions and three dimensions to careers in toy design.
Balloons and Weights: Integer Subtraction in Context
Christine Andrews-Larson, Jonee Wilson, Matthew Mauntel, Jessica Smith, and Thomeca Hawthorne-Glover
Support students in developing contextual reasoning about integer subtraction.
It’s Off the Screen: Unearthing Megagons Through Technology
Sean Nank, Jaclyn M. Murawska, and Steven J. Edgar
Mathematical action technology can foster equitable student discourse. Students engage in cycles of proof to create, test, and revise conjectures through dynamic exploration of the Pythagorean theorem.