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Construct It! The Great Mini-Golf Project

Sandra Vorensky

This fun project capitalizes on students’ lived experiences of playing miniature golf. Through authentic engagement and collaboration with peers, students can create their own visual representations and practical explanations of math concepts.

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Beware of “Gaps” in Students’ Fraction Conceptions

Patrick L. Sullivan, Joann E. Barnett, and Kurt Killion

Many students have a dominant part-whole conception of fractions. We examine why this is problematic and explore strategies to move students beyond this limitation.

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Exploring Young Children’s Math Thinking in Sandcastle Building

Hannah Tan and Cynthia Lim

Children explore concepts of capacity and height measurement through sand play in nursery class.

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Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

Nicola M. Hodkowski and Carolyn Carhart-Quezada

Different types of open tasks can be used as a tool to promote rigorous student mathematical discourse and considerations for facilitation.

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Reconsidering Mathematical Authority

Michael D. Hicks, Jessica Pierson Bishop, Christina Koehne, and Mai Bui

Who has mathematical authority in your classroom, and what does authority look like? Find out different ways you can help students gain authority.

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Using Public Records to Scaffold Joint Sense Making

Keith R. Leatham, Blake E. Peterson, Ben Freeburn, Sini W. Graff, Laura R. Van Zoest, Shari L. Stockero, and Nitchada Kamlue

Teachers can more productively use board work to scaffold joint sense making.

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Ways to Help Students Become Powerful Mathematical Thinkers

Alan H. Schoenfeld

Ear to the Ground features voices from several corners of the mathematics education world.

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Adapt It! Adapting Stories and Technology for Engagement in Geometry

Karen L. Terrell, Dennis J. DeBay, and Valerie J. Spencer

A task to develop and provide access to mathematics for all.

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Build It! The Rectangle Game

Theresa Wills, Jennifer Suh, Kate Roscioli, Amanda Guzman, Jennifer Everdale, and Sandra Lee

Discover technology-enhanced, game-based tasks and student generalizations.

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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.