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Amanda M. Dominguez, Marina Feldman, Dan Battey, Christelle Palpacuer Lee, and Jessica Hunsdon

Rethink family mathematics nights by drawing on an asset-based perspective in a virtual environment, centering multilingualism and community mathematics knowledge.

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Madelyn W. Colonnese

A teacher implements this type of personal prose in the classroom to help students make sense of fractions and communicate ideas.

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Sandra Vorensky

Design projects to encourage your students’ self-efficacy and motivate mathematics learning by helping them apply their prior knowledge from real-world experiences.

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Jenna R. O’Dell, Cynthia W. Langrall, and Amanda L. Cullen

An unsolved problem gets elementary and middle school students thinking and doing mathematics like mathematicians.

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Megan H. Wickstrom

Preservice elementary teachers (PSTs) often enter their teacher preparation programs with procedural and underdeveloped understandings of area measurement and its applications. This is problematic given that area and the area model are used throughout K–Grade 12 to develop flexibility in students’ mathematical understanding and to provide them with a visual interpretation of numerical ideas. This study describes an intervention aimed at bolstering PSTs’ understanding of area and area units with respect to measurement and number and operations. Following the intervention, results indicate that PSTs had both an improved ability to solve area tiling tasks as well as increased flexibility in the strategies they implemented. The results indicate that PSTs, similar to elementary students, develop a conceptual understanding of area from the use of tangible tools and are able to leverage visualizations to make sense of multiplicative structure across different strategies.

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Heidi Fee

This article shows how to empower students in their own learning by their own creation of instructional videos and assessment.

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Katherine Baker, Scott A. Morrison, and Alyssa Herrmann

This article features a third-grade multiplication exploration that integrates materials from nature and outside spaces. Teaching and learning mathematics with and in nature foster connections—mathematical, interpersonal, and with the natural world.

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Min Wang, Candace Walkington, and Koshi Dhingra

An example of an after-school club activity gives educators some tools and suggestions to implement such an approach in their schools.

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Crystal Kalinec-Craig, Emily P. Bonner, and Traci Kelley

This article describes an innovation in an elementary mathematics education course called SEE Math (Support and Enrichment Experiences in Mathematics), which aims to support teacher candidates (TCs) as they learn to teach mathematics through problem solving while promoting equity during multiple experiences with a child. During this 8-week program, TCs craft and implement tasks that promote problem solving in the context of a case study of a child’s thinking while collecting and analyzing student data to support future instructional decisions. The program culminates in a mock parent–teacher conference. Data samples show how SEE Math offers TCs an opportunity to focus on the nuances of children’s strengths rather than traditional measures of achievement and skill.

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Esther M. H. Billings and Barbara A. Swartz

For two decades, teacher educators have called for practice-based approaches in teacher education (Ball & Cohen, 1999; Smith, 2001) as a way to better prepare preservice teachers (PSTs), where practice is “a site for inquiry, in order to center professional learning in practice" (Ball & Cohen, 1999, p. 19) and the goal is to prepare teachers “skilled at teaching, not just studying and analyzing schools and classrooms" (Forzani, 2014). Instead of coursework on learning about teaching practices, this approach integrates theoretical and practical knowledge, immerses PSTs in the work of