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Nicole Garcia, Meghan Shaughnessy, and D’Anna Pynes

Representing and recording student thinking in public spaces during mathematics discussions is challenging work. We share principles for recording student thinking in the moment and share an activity for improving your recording practice.

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Emiliano Gómez, Risa A. Wolfson, and Introduction by: Trena L. Wilkerson

When selecting mathematical tasks to use in professional development with teachers, in-service or preservice, I am always looking for ones that model effective teaching practices, give opportunities to dig deeply into mathematics, engage the learner in multiple ways, and can readily be used in the classroom. Although there are many to choose from, “Filling Bottles with Water" (Gómez and Wolfson 2012) from Mathematics Teacher, now 10 years old, is one I use that exemplifies all four characteristics.

EFFECTIVE TEACHING PRACTICES

When implementing this task, you see multiple effective teaching practices at play (NCTM 2014

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Michael Daiga and Shannon Driskell

The two provided activities are geared for students in middle school to facilitate and deepen their understanding of the arithmetic mean. Through these activities, students analyze visual representations and use a special type of statistical thinking called transnumerative thinking.

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Angela Just and Jennifer D. Cribbs

The authors outline the importance of using variety when teaching mathematics.

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Rui Kang, Sheri Johnson, Emily Lambert,, and Candi Davidson

Inspired by earlier articles on the classic drawing toy that targeted higher grade levels, the authors adopt and create activities that make Spirograph mathematics accessible to middle-grade learners.

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Micah S. Stohlmann

An escape room can be a great way for students to apply and practice mathematics they have learned. This article describes the development and implementation of a mathematical escape room with important principles to incorporate in escape rooms to help students persevere in problem solving.