When it comes to student achievement, teachers and instruction matter most.
Amy L. Nebesniak
Performance tasks provide effective ways to differentiate mathematics instruction while allowing students to be creative and to incorporate mathematics content that is suitable for their interest and readiness. A project that I have enjoyed assigning to my high school students, Algebra about Me, is designed to introduce, reinforce, and review equation-solving concepts and skills (for a customizable activity sheet, go to www.nctm.org/mt).
Casey Hord, Samantha Marita, Jennifer B. Walsh, Taylor-Marie Tomaro and Kiyana Gordon
Emotional and contextual support can help students step toward confidence and success with challenging mathematics.
Reasoning in Algebra Classrooms
Daniel Chazan and Dara Sandow
Secondary school mathematics teachers are often exhorted to incorporate reasoning into all mathematics courses. However, many feel that a focus on reasoning is easier to develop in geometry than in other courses. This article explores ways in which reasoning might naturally arise when solving equations in algebra courses.
Sherry L. Bair and Edward S. Mooney
Mathematical precision means more than accuracy in computation or procedures; it also means precision in language. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics states, “Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning” (CCSSI 2010, p. 7). In our recent experience in working with teachers and students, we have noticed a trend toward teachers using informal, and often creative, language and terminology in an effort to connect with students and make mathematical procedures easier to remember.
Alex Friedlander and Abraham Arcavi
Integrating procedures and thinking processes makes learning more meaningful.
Karin E. Lange, Julie L. Booth and Kristie J. Newton
Presenting examples of both correctly and incorrectly worked solutions is a practical classroom strategy that helps students counter misconceptions about algebra.
Dan Battey, Rebecca A. Neal and Jessica Hunsdon
How we handle classroom relationships between teachers and students plays an important role in how all students experience mathematics.
Angela Marie Frabasilio
Let students find the connecting thread to create, illustrate, and share word problems to bridge school math and real-life math.