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## Math, Will You Be My Valentine?

February is considered the love month. Wondering how this got started? There are many theories. Valentine’s Day itself may have resulted from a poem by the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer in 1375 titled “Parliament of Foules." Let’s focus on the meaning of love as a verb: to hold dear, take pleasure in, or thrive in (Merriam-Webster, n.d.). Sadly, far too few students love mathematics and instead feel anxiety or other negative emotions. We must do better. In this month of love, let’s focus on ways we can ensure that each and every child has the opportunities to

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## Puddle Play!

For the Love of Mathematics

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## Promoting Discourse: Fractions on Number Lines

Examine fourth graders’ thinking about the unit, partitioning, order, and equivalence on the number line and consider ways to orchestrate mathematical discussions through the Five Practices.

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## Extending Choral Counting

This instructional activity gives teachers access to student thinking that can be leveraged to extend and connect their ideas.

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## GPS: Working Backward with Data

This month's Growing Problem Solvers focuses on Data Analysis across all grades beginning with visual representations of categorical data and moving to measures of central tendency using a “working backwards” approach.

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## Triangle Center Technology

The paper discusses technology that can help students master four triangle centers -- circumcenter, incenter, orthocenter, and centroid. The technologies are a collection of web-based apps and dynamic geometry software. Through use of these technologies, multiple examples can be considered, which can lead students to generalizations about triangle centers.

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## The Locker Problem: An Open and Shut Case

The Mathematics Teaching Practices open the door to helping students engage with meaningful mathematics.

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## Improving Preservice Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Capability With Generic Example Proofs

Preservice mathematics teachers are entrusted with developing their future students' interest in and ability to do mathematics effectively. Various policy documents place an importance on being able to reason about and prove mathematical claims. However, it is not enough for these preservice teachers, and their future students, to have a narrow focus on only one type of proof (demonstration proof), as opposed to other forms of proof, such as generic example proofs or pictorial proofs. This article examines the effectiveness of a course on reasoning and proving on preservice teachers' awareness of and abilities to recognize and construct generic example proofs. The findings support assertions that such a course can and does change preservice teachers' capability with generic example proofs.

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## Music Cards

Students display a wide variety of creative mathematical thinking and misconceptions when they complete a classroom task that focuses on proportional reasoning.

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## Mysterious Subtraction

Conjecturing is central to the work of reasoning and proving. This task gives fourth and fifth graders a chance to make conjectures and prove (or disprove) them.