Try these meaningful alternative approaches to helping students make sense of word problems.

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### Stefanie D. Livers, Kristin E. Harbour and Lindsey Fowler

In our attempts to make a concept easier, we may hinder student learning.

### Stephen Phelps

### Edited by Anna F. DeJarnette

A monthly set of problems targets a variety of ability levels.

### Jo Boaler

Engage your learners through tasks proven to significantly promote reasoning and problem solving, which touch on many of the Mathematics Teaching Practices in *Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All*. These tasks are discussed in this article, another installment in the series.

### P. Reneé Hill-Cunningham

Hundreds of species of animals around the world are losing their habitats and food supplies, are facing extinction, or have been hunted or otherwise negatively influenced by humans. Students learn about some of these animals and explore multiple solution strategies as they solve this month's problems. Math by the Month features collections of short activities focused on a monthly theme. These articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation that includes four activities each for grade bands K–2, 3–4, and 5–6.

### Joanna B. Stegall and Jacquelynn A. Malloy

An algebra 1 teacher collaborated with two university researchers to develop vocabulary minilessons and peer discussions to support students in understanding and using algebraic language.

### Abbe Skinner, Nicole Louie and Evra M. Baldinger

A teacher shares her journey toward disrupting her conditioning to create more humanizing math learning experiences for her students, incorporating strategies that every educator can use.