The Asked & Answered department shares excerpts from discussion threads on the online MyNCTM community. In this issue, featured threads highlight responses to members' questions related to mathematical depth in preschool, spiral review in the upper elementary grades, ideas for differentiation in middle school, and projects for high school algebra.
Geraldo Tobon and Marie Tejero Hughes
We share our experiences and those of culturally diverse families who participated in math workshops. We tie our experiences with the importance of family engagement, in particular, viewing families as a resource to be tapped into. We do so, in hopes that other school personnel take on a similar venture.
The Asked & Answered department shares excerpts from discussion threads on the online MyNCTM community. In this issue, featured threads highlight responses to members' questions regarding 1st grade number sense, multiplication and division of fractions, issues of definition and precision related to circles, and the value of rationalizing denominators.
Chris A. Bolognese
Engage students and promote thinking in a student-centered environment that is rich with technology.
Kristen E. Reed and E. Paul Goldenberg
Use these principles for constructing and choosing tasks that blend seamlessly into the school day, guide your teaching, and preserve precious instructional time.
Elham Kazemi, Lynsey K. Gibbons, Kendra Lomax, and Megan L. Franke
Learn how teachers can use assessment data coupled with observing students' mathematical reasoning to inform instructional decisions.
Gina Kling and Jennifer M. Bay-Williams
Have you had it with timed tests, which present a number of concerns and limitations? Try a variety of alternative assessments from this sampling that allows teachers to accurately and appropriately measure childre's fact fluency.
Barbara Zorin, Patricia D. Hunsader, and Denisse R. Thompson
Learn how to modify classroom evaluation items to avoid potential difficulties that limit a teacher's insight into students' mathematical understanding.
Renee Parker and M. Lynn Breyfogle
This student-friendly rubric helped improve third graders' competencies when explaining solution strategies in writing.
Kathy A. Bacon
Presented with a variety of palatable, inquiry-based, creative learning choices in geometry, this teacher and her fifth graders found tremendous satisfaction in meeting target goals for reasoning skills and taking important “next steps” in learning.