## Volume 117 (2024): Issue 8 (Aug 2024)

## Beautiful Mathematical Indigenous Connections

### Jo Boaler and Donna Fernandez

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

## Editorial: When Real-World Data Gets Real

### Emily A. Mainzer and Andrea McCloskey

## Embodied Explorations of Slope

### Rebecca Hudson, Payeton Stevens-Balducci, Liza Bondurant, Lee Dean, and Catherine Putnam

Promote student engagement and deep thinking about the meaning of slope.

## Explore the Unexpected!

### Eileen Fernández

## GPS: Attending to Geometric Properties

### Terri L. Kurz and Feyza Kurban

Growing Problem Solvers provides four original, related, classroom-ready mathematical tasks, one for each grade band. Together, these tasks illustrate the trajectory of learners’ growth as problem solvers across their years of school mathematics.

## Inclusive Playground Design

### Holly Tate, Samantha Anstett, Beth Cooke, Merrie Joy Hrabak, and Jennifer Suh

The mathematics of budgeting and space can lead to a justice-oriented experience for elementary students as they design a proposal for an inclusive playground.

## The Problem With Plastics

### Ming C. Tomayko and Jordan L. Almony

There is a growing reliance on plastic, even though it is a synthetic material that does not decompose. The activities in this article aim to inform and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

## Problems to Ponder

### Tiffany Thibodeau and Sooryadev Purdasseea

Problems to Ponder provides 28 varying, classroom-ready mathematics problems that collectively span PK–12, arranged in the order of the grade level. Answers to the problems are available online. Individuals are encouraged to submit a problem or a collection of problems directly to mtlt@nctm.org. If published, the authors of problems will be acknowledged.

## Pythagorean Pursuits in New Orleans

### Jerome White

Inspired by two young scholars in New Orleans who attracted media attention for their trigonometric proof of the Pythagorean theorem, the author sets out to find another proof of the famed theorem.