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Rethinking Wait Time: What Can 3 Seconds Do?

A high-leverage strategy first discussed more than 50 years ago, wait time has many benefits for both teachers and students yet is not used to its full potential. See how it can enhance your students’ mathematical discourse.

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Using Judicious Telling to Strengthen Literacy in Mathematics

Language is a conduit for communicating and understanding mathematical ideas. This article explores how we can use judicious telling to attend to students’ written and spoken literacy in mathematics.

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Approximating Pi

This method using the area of regular polygons inscribed in circles to approximate a value for pi is similar to the method used by Archimedes using circumferences.

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Variations on a Theme of Fibonacci 1

We introduce variations on the Fibonacci sequence such as the sequences where each term is the sum of the previous three terms, the difference of the previous two, or the product of the previous two. We consider the issue of the ratio of the successive terms in ways that reinforce key behavioral concepts of polynomials.

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Perspectives from Physics: Constraints on Our Curriculum

How trigonometry is used and portrayed differently in mathematics and physics textbooks highlights potential sources for student struggle, constraints on our trigonometry curriculum, and lessons learned when looking across STEM disciplines.

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A Radian Angle Measure and Light Reflection Activity

During a Desmos activity, students adjust the measures of angles in radians to reposition a laser and a mirror so the beam passes through three stationary targets. The Radian Lasers activity can be extended to simulate project-based learning.

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How Much Will My Car Be Worth?

Show your students how useful mathematics can be in real-world applications.

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Sea of Cycles

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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Trigonometry and the World Water Crisis

This full unit in trigonometry introduces the world water crisis. Students engage in real-world problem-solving activities that access 21st-century skills while learning mathematics.

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From Notes to Strings

Four teachers and a teacher educator move from guided notes to strings in a series of problems that support students in increased engagement, reasoning, sense making, and problem solving.