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.
Student Engagement with the “Into Math Graph" Tool
Amanda K. Riske, Catherine E. Cullicott, Amanda Mohammad Mirzaei, Amanda Jansen, and James Middleton
Calculator Programming Engages Visual and Kinesthetic Learners
A programming activity helps students give meaning to the abstract concept of slope.
Algebra Homework: A Sandwich!
D. Bruce Jackson
Given two slices of bread—a problem and the answer—students fill in the fixings: their own mathematics reasoning.
Call for Manuscripts: 2015 Focus Issue: Creating Classroom Communities – November 2013
Classroom communities should embrace individuals and foster communication; to this end, the MT Editorial Panel requests submissions on how to capitalize on the strengths that cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity bring to the classroom.
For ELLs: Vocabulary beyond the Definitions
Nancy S. Roberts and Mary P. Truxaw
A classroom teacher discusses ambiguities in mathematics vocabulary and strategies for ELL students in building understanding.
Sound Off!: The Myth of Differentiation in Mathematics: Providing Maximum Growth
Jason Lee O'Roark
After teaching high school mathematics in Maryland for three years, I began teaching sixth-grade mathematics in one of the best school districts in Pennsylvania (according to state test scores) and have been teaching there for the past six years. My high school teaching background led me to differentiate differently from my colleagues. I share my observations of the result of the differences in methodology and my conclusions from those observations, and I offer a plan to implement changes in the way that mathematics is taught.
Equivalence Relations across the Secondary School Curriculum
An analysis of problems from state assessments and other sources helps preservice teachers discover analogous mathematical representations.
Truth & Beauty: Mathematics in Literature
Marion D. Cohen
Studying mathematics-related fiction and poetry helps students develop an appreciation for both mathematics and literature and an understanding of the connection between the two.
Intellectual Engagement and Other Principles of Mathematics Instruction
Blake E. Peterson, Douglas L. Corey, Benjamin M. Lewis, and Jared Bukarau
What can American teachers learn about high-quality mathematics instruction from the Japanese teacher education process?
Negotiating the “White Male Math Myth”: African American Male Students and Success in School Mathematics
David W. Stinson
This article shows how equity research in mathematics education can be decentered by reporting the “voices” of mathematically successful African American male students as they recount their experiences with school mathematics, illustrating, in essence, how they negotiated the White male math myth. Using post-structural theory, the concepts discourse, person/identity, and power/agency are reinscribed or redefined. The article also shows that using a post-structural reinscription of these concepts, a more complex analysis of the multiplicitous and fragmented robust mathematics identities of African American male students is possible—an analysis that refutes simple explanations of effort. The article concludes, not with “answers,” but with questions to facilitate dialogue among those who are interested in the mathematics achievement and persistence of African American male students—and equity and justice in the mathematics classroom for all students.