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Amanda L. Cullen

In 2018, NCTM published the first of three books in their Catalyzing Change series. Across the three texts, they call for the dismantling of all forms of inequitable grouping structures from early childhood and elementary school (NCTM 2020a) to middle school (NCTM 2020b) and high school (NCTM 2018). NCTM (2020a) asserted—

Any ability grouping in mathematics education is an inequitable structure that perpetuates privilege for a few and marginality for others. Ability grouping practices often occur with good intentions; we want to understand children’s learning needs and then tailor the content,

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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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Blake Peterson

Examining the covariation of triangle dimensions and area offers a geometric context that makes analyzing a piecewise function easier for students.

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Jessica Pierson Bishop, Lisa L. Lamb, Ian Whitacre, Randolph A. Philipp, and Bonnie P. Schappelle

Are your students negative about integers? Help them experience positivity and joy doing integer arithmetic!

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Courtney Fox and Anna DeJarnette

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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Kate Degner

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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Molly Rawding and Steve Ingrassia

Problems to Ponder provides 28 varying, classroom-ready mathematics problems that collectively span PK–12, arranged in the order of the grade level. Answers to the problems are available online. Individuals are encouraged to submit a problem or a collection of problems directly to mtlt@nctm.org. If published, the authors of problems will be acknowledged.

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Steve Ingrassia and Molly Rawding

Problems to Ponder provides 28 varying, classroom-ready mathematics problems that collectively span PK–12, arranged in the order of the grade level. Answers to the problems are available online. Individuals are encouraged to submit a problem or a collection of problems directly to mtlt@nctm.org. If published, the authors of problems will be acknowledged.

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Matt B. Roscoe

Symmetric dot patterns are a particularly powerful object for investigation, providing opportunities for foundational learning across PK–5. We found that second-grade students naturally used repeated addends to count symmetric dot patterns created using the new software TileFarm.

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Susan Ahrendt, Debra Monson, and Kathleen Cramer

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.