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Enrique Ortiz

This article presents an example of discovering an idea through creative play. After some trial and error, I drew a wonderful image, which I later learned was a two-dimensional view of a four-dimensional shape called tesseract.

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Xiaobo She and Timothy Harrington

Get familiar with this visual instructional tool to help students make sense of mathematical relationships and select suitable operations for word problems at varied grade levels.

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Corinne Thatcher Day

This hands-on task, featuring differentiation and open-ended learning, sets up students to discover area models for themselves. Organized around NCTM’s eight teaching practices from Principles to Actions, this article describes the task’s setup and implementation.

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Jennifer Ward and Victoria Damjanovic

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.

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Jon R. Star, Soobin Jeon, Rebecca Comeford, Patricia Clark, Bethany Rittle-Johnson, and Kelley Durkin

CDMS is a routine that allows teachers to organize instruction around students’ mathematical discussions and multiple problem-solving methods.

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Emiliano Gómez, Risa A. Wolfson, and Introduction by: Trena L. Wilkerson

When selecting mathematical tasks to use in professional development with teachers, in-service or preservice, I am always looking for ones that model effective teaching practices, give opportunities to dig deeply into mathematics, engage the learner in multiple ways, and can readily be used in the classroom. Although there are many to choose from, “Filling Bottles with Water" (Gómez and Wolfson 2012) from Mathematics Teacher, now 10 years old, is one I use that exemplifies all four characteristics.

EFFECTIVE TEACHING PRACTICES

When implementing this task, you see multiple effective teaching practices at play (NCTM 2014

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Deanna Pecaski McLennan

For the Love of Mathematics

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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.

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Michael Daiga and Shannon Driskell

The two provided activities are geared for students in middle school to facilitate and deepen their understanding of the arithmetic mean. Through these activities, students analyze visual representations and use a special type of statistical thinking called transnumerative thinking.

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Sarah Brand, Hyunyi Jung, Ashley Dorlack, and Samuel Gailliot

Five teacher discussion strategies and outcomes of students’ responses to each are illustrated with examples.