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Johnnie Wilson

Observe a first-grade teacher's use of gesture as a mathematics teaching and learning tool in his classroom.

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Ariel Robinson

This preschool teacher uses differentiation and scaffolding techniques as she reads an informational text about patterns with her young students.

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M. Katherine Gavin and Karen G. Moylan

Research-based actions and practical ideas for implementation can help shape your differentiated instruction.

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Tutita M. Casa

This instructional tool helps students engage in discussions that foster student reasoning, then settle on correct mathematics.

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Annie Perkins and Christy Pettis

Students are asked to solve a problem that involves viewing the characteristics of a square.

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Florencia Park and Hannah Lee

Geometry is much more than learning vocabulary and identifying shapes; it involves developing spatial sense—an intuition about shapes and the relationship between them. In this Let's Build It activity, students reason about geometric shapes and their attributes as they use newspaper dowels to build two- and three-dimensional structures.

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This department showcases students' in-depth thinking and work on problems previously published in Teaching Children Mathematics. The November 2011 problem scenario has students explore several rich, mathematical ideas, such as square numbers and the commutative property of multiplication.

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Katie L. Anderson

Teachers share success stories and ideas that stimulate thinking about the effective use of technology in K–grade 6 classrooms. This article describes a set of lessons where sixth graders use virtual pattern blocks to develop proportional reasoning. Students' work with the virtual manipulatives reveals a variety of creative solutions and promotes active engagement. The author suggests that technology is most effective when coupled with worthwhile mathematical tasks and rich classroom discussions.

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Michael Todd Edwards and Suzanne R. Harper

Use photo editing software as a teaching tool to bring inaccessible polygon definitions within reach of your students' understanding.

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Johnnie B. Wilson

It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that teaching mathematics should greatly differ from teaching language arts. The subjects are usually scheduled separately in the school day. Classroom teachers at Munich International School in Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany, did not pay much attention to what language means to learning and teaching mathematics—until their geometry students offered language surprises that reminded their teachers how important language is.