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Roger Day

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

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Stephanie D. Sigmon, Kelly Q. Halpin, Damien J. Ettere, and Jennifer Suh

This article models how to plan and facilitate implementing the same task in two sixth-grade classrooms with two different learning goals using the Five Practices structure.

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Sheldon P. Gordon and Michael B. Burns

We introduce variations on the Fibonacci sequence such as the sequences where each term is the sum of the previous three terms, the difference of the previous two, or the product of the previous two. We consider the issue of the ratio of the successive terms in ways that reinforce key behavioral concepts of polynomials.

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Ashley Schmidt, Treshonda Rutledge, Tandrea Fulton, and Sarah B. Bush

Do you use mathematical discussions to increase engagement in your classroom? In this Front and Center article, authors provide a discourse tool that can be used to reveal potential biases found in the implementation of the Five Practices.

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Maria Franshaw

Mathematics abounds in the beauty of the seasons. Where you live, work, or travel, how do you engage with and explore the wonders of math in our natural world?

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Victoria R. Jacobs, Susan B. Empson, Joan M. Case, Amy Dunning, Naomi A. Jessup, Gladys Krause, and D’Anna Pynes

The authors introduce an activity involving “follow-up equations” to connect with ideas children have already expressed during fraction problem solving.

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Sandra J. Miles

This lesson uses the pH scale to build students’ understanding of the additive identity and inverse. It also gives suggestions for how to extend the lesson to multiplication.

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Rachel H. Orgel

Returning to in-person learning after COVID-19, our goal was to use our district’s framework along with the CASEL 5 to help us address the social and emotional learning needs of our students without losing the integrity of the mathematics.

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José Martínez Hinestroza and Vanessa Abreu

Children analyzed data to read their bodies and manage their emotions. To avoid controlling children’s bodies and emotions, the authors encourage teachers to embrace children’s unanticipated responses.

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Enrique Ortiz

Examine this geometric figure in light of a set of connections among fields such as architecture, geometry, science, sports, technology, and associated uses, models, and discoveries.