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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.

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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.

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Karen S. Karp, Sarah B. Bush and Barbara J. Dougherty

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

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Christie Henderson

Math is so much more than numbers.

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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.

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Laurie Speranzo and Erik Tillema

Specific teacher moves and lesson planning can facilitate student empowerment in the middle school classroom.

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Emily Dardis and Megan H. Wickstrom

Modifications to a first- and second-grade STEAM activity, Elephant Toothpaste, highlight ways to emphasize mathematical thinking by running multiple experiments, posing mathematical questions, and having students make both qualitative and quantitative observations. Contributors to the iSTEM department share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K–grade 5 classrooms.

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Clayton M. Edwards, Rebecca R. Robichaux-Davis and Brian E. Townsend

Three inquiry-based tasks highlight the planning, classroom discourse, positive results, and growth in one class's journey.

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Stephen Phelps

Edited by Anna F. DeJarnette

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