Real-World Analysis Tasks in June MTLT

May 28, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mary Donovan, 703.620.9840, mdonovan@nctm.org

RESTON May 28, 2021 —The June issue of Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK–12 (MTLT), the widely read practitioner journal from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), is scheduled to publish on Wednesday, June 2.

June’s Front-and-Center article, “GAISE II: Bringing Data into Classrooms” emphasizes the importance of student understanding of data analysis. GAISE, which stands for Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education, is a report that shares how “students need to be data-savvy starting at an early age,” which authors Anna Bargagliotti, Pip Arnold, and Chris Franklin attempt to tackle. 

In their article, the authors write that “it is just as important for students to practice data fluency as to read and write” and that data can no longer be simply qualified. They pose the idea that data is everywhere—pictures, sounds, social media, and more—and they hope to help students make sense of this “unconventional” data. Bargagliotti, Arnold, and Franklin hope to help teachers of K–12 students “develop data literacy” in a world where data is everywhere. 

In “Partial Pies” by Jennifer Marshall, readers will explore a lesson on estimation in the middle school classroom. MTLT’s June Feature article for grades 6–8 “incorporates a variety of mathematical concepts—circle geometry, statistical analysis, and proportional reasoning” using pie charts. Marshall “encourages estimation” and mathematical intuition in the seventh-grade classroom when making predictions on the charts and graphs shared. 

Authors Elizabeth Suazo-Flores and Lisa Roetker introduce readers to thinking abstractly and quantitatively in their grades 6–8 Focus article “Pack a Truck: Decontextualizing and Contextualizing a Task.” In their middle school classroom, the authors shared videos and photos of a real situation involving packing a truck with plants and challenged students to design a space to allow as many plants as possible. By using a real-world task, “students resonated with the task’s context” and were then able to interact with the relatable problem. 
NCTM encourages those interested in contributing to the publication to review the writing guidelines.

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