Teachers can use a pattern task to promote and foster generalizing in the mathematics classroom, presenting opportunities to build on students’ thinking and extending ideas to new contexts.
Allyson Hallman-Thrasher, Susanne Strachota, and Jennifer Thompson
Michael S. Meagher, Michael Todd Edwards, and S. Asli Özgün-Koca
Using technology to explore a rich task, students must reconcile discrepancies between graphical and analytic solutions. Technological reasons for the discrepancies are discussed.
Deanna Pecaski McLennan
Amanda K. Riske, Catherine E. Cullicott, Amanda Mohammad Mirzaei, Amanda Jansen, and James Middleton
We introduce the Into Math Graph tool, which students use to graph how “into" mathematics they are over time. Using this tool can help teachers foster conversations with students and design experiences that focus on engagement from the student’s perspective.
William DeLeeuw, Samuel Otten, and Ruveyda Karaman Dundar
The planful use of boardspace can help move the structure and regularity to the visual realm and make it more readily perceivable by students.
Christine Taylor and Jean S. Lee
We implemented a STEM task that highlights the engineering cycle and engages students in productive struggle. Students problem solved in productive ways and saw tangible benefits of revising their work to achieve mathematical goals.
Sarah Ferguson, Thomas Johnston, Christopher Karhan, and Eric Lefevbre
Students explore the relationship between thrill-seeking rides and their algebra 1 curriculum in an informative, engaging, student-centered lesson that was designed using a project-based-instruction (PBI) framework.
Kelly Curtis, Katrina Lindo, and Amanda Jansen
When a ninth-grade teacher used discourse moves aligned with responding to students’ thinking and explicitly promoting productive dispositions, her students reported having positive experiences.
Caroline Byrd Hornburg, Heather Brletic-Shipley, Julia M. Matthews, and Nicole M. McNeil
Modify arithmetic problem formats to make the relational equation structure more transparent. We describe this practice and three additional evidence-based practices: (1) introducing the equal sign outside of arithmetic, (2) concreteness fading activities, and (3) comparing and explaining different problem formats and problem-solving strategies.
Danielle R. Divis and Tyler Johnson
This practitioner article describes a lesson carried out in a high school classroom at the conclusion of a unit on exponential growth. Two teachers use a series of music-related activities to engage students in using and connecting multiple representations of exponential growth while exploring musical frequencies on a piano.