This article investigates the interplay of time words with how children position hands on an analog clock. Using a mathematics discourse framework (Sfard, 2008), we analyzed how students interpreted precise (e.g., 2:30) and relative (e.g., half past 11) times, finding that particular words are dynamically interwoven with activity. Interviews with students in Grades 2 and 4 revealed that different prompts led to different narrative descriptions about time on the clock, with precise times leading to whole-number descriptions and relative times to part-whole descriptions consistent with fractions. Subsequent analysis of assessment performance for students across Grades 2–5 corroborated that specific time prompts led to particular clock interpretations. Implications for theory and the K–12 treatment of time measure are discussed.
Darrell Earnest and John Chandler
Nicholas H. Wasserman and William McGuffey
This article explores secondary teachers’ opportunities to learn from an innovative real analysis course, as reflected in their actual classroom teaching. The course used cases of teaching as a site for applying mathematics and developing pedagogical mathematical practices. This article explores particular teaching moments in (N = 6) secondary teachers’ classrooms, and the attributions they gave for why they engaged in those teaching practices. Teachers engaged in instructional practices that exemplified course objectives, and their attributions for their actions contribute a teacher perspective on opportunities to learn in teacher education from (advanced) mathematical coursework. Results highlight cases of teaching and modeled instruction as catalysts of change and as opportunities to develop pedagogy from mathematical activity, and vice versa.
Megan Holmstrom and Megan Korponic
Problems to Ponder provides 28 varying, classroom-ready mathematics problems that collectively span PK–12, arranged in the order of the grade level. Answers to the problems are available online. Individuals are encouraged to submit a problem or a collection of problems directly to email@example.com. If published, the authors of problems will be acknowledged.
This department provides a space for current and past PK–12 teachers of mathematics to connect with other teachers of mathematics through their stories that lend personal and professional support.
Jill P. Brown
Mathematics can be used to show why babies should never be left alone in a hot car.
Matt B. Roscoe
Symmetric dot patterns are a particularly powerful object for investigation, providing opportunities for foundational learning across PK–5. We found that second-grade students naturally used repeated addends to count symmetric dot patterns created using the new software TileFarm.
Lori Burch, Erik S. Tillema, and Andrew M. Gatza
Use this approach to developing algebraic identities as a generalization of combinatorial and quantitative reasoning. Secondary school students reason about important ideas in the instructional sequence, and teachers consider newfound implications for and extensions of this generalization in secondary algebra curricula.
Jennifer M. Suh, Sara Birkhead, Toya Frank, Courtney Baker, Terrie Galanti, and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer
This article details the design and implementation of a professional development model called Learning Trajectory-Based Lesson Study focused on issues of equity, identity, and agency. We developed the Vertical Articulation to Unpack the Learning Trajectory (VAULT) tool to orient teachers’ instructional planning toward an asset-based view of students’ mathematics competencies. We examined teachers’ use of the VAULT to plan, implement, and debrief on student strategies for one spatial reasoning task in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. The VAULT facilitated intentional planning for a progression of anticipated strategies and equitable access to instruction. Teachers demonstrated an asset-based view of all student thinking independent of grade-level expectations.