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## Using Number Talks to Compare Fractions

Using this strategy, a teacher facilitates a short conversation during which students verbally explain and justify reasoning. We have found that a coordinated series of number talks supports students’ reasoning when comparing fractions.

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## Infusing SEL into the Elementary Mathematics Experience

Returning to in-person learning after COVID-19, our goal was to use our district’s framework along with the CASEL 5 to help us address the social and emotional learning needs of our students without losing the integrity of the mathematics.

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## Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse of SEL

Children analyzed data to read their bodies and manage their emotions. To avoid controlling children’s bodies and emotions, the authors encourage teachers to embrace children’s unanticipated responses.

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## Using Fermi Questions to Foster Community

Two teachers describe how to use Fermi Questions to illuminate the connections between the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the social and emotional learning competencies.

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## Exploring Relative Size with Relative Risk

The Relative Risk Tool web app allows students to compare risks relating to COVID-19 with other more familiar risks, to make multiplicative comparisons, and to interpret them.

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## Exploratory Writing to Support Mathematical Sense Making

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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## The Discovery of Wonderful Ideas

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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## The Importance of Play in Middle School Mathematics

Using question 28 from the May Problems to Ponder in volume 114, the author and her seventh- and eighth-grade students launched into a discussion of creativity, linearity, piecewise, and recursive definitions of functions. This pattern to ponder provided rich mathematical opportunities for all students in my middle school classroom.

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## Five Rs to Promote Equitable Norms and Culture

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