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Student Engagement with the “Into Math Graph" Tool

We introduce the Into Math Graph tool, which students use to graph how “into" mathematics they are over time. Using this tool can help teachers foster conversations with students and design experiences that focus on engagement from the student’s perspective.

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Structuring Boardspace to Facilitate Repeated Reasoning

The planful use of boardspace can help move the structure and regularity to the visual realm and make it more readily perceivable by students.

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Supporting Probability Understanding through Area Models

Moving beyond memorization of probability rules, the area model can be useful in making some significant ideas in probability more apparent to students. In particular, area models can help students understand when and why they multiply probabilities and when and why they add probabilities.

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Using Scratch Programming to Explore Coordinates

We present a Scratch task we designed and implemented for teaching and learning coordinates in a dynamic and engaging way. We use the 5Es framework to describe the students' interactions with the task and offer suggestions of how other teachers may adopt it to successfully implement Scratch tasks.

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“Going Yard” with Meters

A cartoon exploring a problem about football is coupled with a full-page activity sheet.

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Learning Mathematics through Minecraft

The Common Core State Standards can be taught with Minecraft, an interactive creative Lego®-like game. Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (iSTEM) authors share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K—grade 6 classrooms.

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Palette of Problems

A monthly set of problems is aimed at a variety of ability levels.

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Palette of Problems – May 2014

A monthly set of problems is aimed at a variety of ability levels.

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Driving Students to Performance Assessments: Learning What Students Can Do

Multiple entry points on the road to assessing students can tell teachers if students can do math and therefore apply math to real-world problems.

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Palette of Problems – April 2014

A monthly set of problems is aimed at a variety of ability levels.