Try these meaningful alternative approaches to helping students make sense of word problems.
Avoiding the Ineffective Keyword Strategy
Karen S. Karp, Sarah B. Bush, and Barbara J. Dougherty
A Better Tomorrow through Math
Math is so much more than numbers.
Danger! Animals in the Mathematics Classroom
Stefanie D. Livers, Kristin E. Harbour, and Lindsey Fowler
In our attempts to make a concept easier, we may hinder student learning.
Annie Perkins and Christy Pettis
Students are given a problem to break down rectangles.
Double Impact: Mathematics and Executive Function
Candace Joswick, Douglas H. Clements, Julie Sarama, Holland W. Banse, and Crystal A. Day-Hess
Modify activities according to these principles and suggestions.
A Leg Up on the Metric System
Students use a super-hero theme to compare the imperial system to the metric system.
License to Do Math with a Full Tank
Since its inception, the Mathematical Lens column has provided teachers with resources to use with their students to make connections between mathematics and the world around us through the use of photographs. The editors and the dozens of teachers who submitted material for columns have taken all of us on a journey around the world to discover where mathematics lives. These columns have offered teachers a license to do mathematics everywhere and to travel far with their students with a full tank of resources.
May 2019 Calendar and Solutions
Edited by Anna F. DeJarnette
A monthly set of problems targets a variety of ability levels.
Spinning the Cube with Technologies
The rise of dynamic modeling and 3-D design technologies provides appealing opportunities for mathematics teachers to reconsider a host of pedagogical issues in mathematics education, ranging from motivation to application and from visualization to physical manipulation. This article reports on a classroom teaching experiment about cube spinning, integrating traditional tools, GeoGebra (www.geogebra.org), and 3-D design and printing technologies. It highlights the rich interplay between worthwhile mathematical tasks and the strategic use of diverse technologies in sustaining sense making and problem solving with a group of prospective teachers.