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Jennifer M. Bay-Williams

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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Deanna Pecaski McLennan

For the Love of Mathematics

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Brandon G. McMillan and Theodore Sagun

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

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Patrick M. Kimani, Dana Olanoff, and Joanna O. Masingila

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

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Shiv Karunakaran, Ben Freeburn, Nursen Konuk, and Fran Arbaugh

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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Anne Roche and Doug M. Clarke

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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Amy F. Hillen and Tad Watanabe

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.

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A cartoon that explores how much turkey to serve is coupled with a full-page activity sheet.

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Lisa Englard

Easy-to-design puzzles that encourage mathematical reasoning and promote numerical fluency, arithmogon puzzles are simple: Add the numbers in two circles to get the number in the square. Every month, this final page of the journal highlights a quick game, puzzle, activity, or instructional strategy and suggestions for teachers of different grade bands to use the idea in the classroom.

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Andrew M. Tyminski

Skip counting around the room (SCATR) is a strategy that promotes numerical fluency and attention to number relationships. Variations of SCATR for students in K'grade 6 are shared.