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Christine A. Perry and Vivian F. Cyrus

This article describes a visual method for finding the algebraic rule for the nth term using tile pictures. Activity sheets are included.

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Jennifer L. Zakrzewski

There are increased calls to incorporate technology into classrooms, which have led to the adoption of the iPad® in many classrooms around the country. This tablet computer is often chosen as the medium for technology integration because it is user-friendly, lightweight, and wireless. It also allows access to inexpensive applications. Although iPads may be considered expensive, they afford access to online textbooks that can be updated annually, thereby reducing costs over time.

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Patterns on a Calendar

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Jo Ann Cady and Pamela J. Wells

Solutions to a previous Solve It problem are discussed, and the procedures used with problem solving are explored.

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Readers Write – November 2013

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Dan Battey, Rebecca A. Neal, and Jessica Hunsdon

How we handle classroom relationships between teachers and students plays an important role in how all students experience mathematics.

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Kimberly A. Markworth

Working with repeating patterns is important for K–grade 2 students because of the connections they will make in later grades with related mathematical ideas.

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Aisling Leavy, Mairéad Hourigan, and Áine McMahon

One of the first math symbols introduced=the equals sign=underpins much of the algebraic reasoning a child will use in later years.

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Amanda Sibley and Terri L. Kurz

Here is a simple way to turn an ordinary whiteboard into an interactive tool that allows students to design and build pathways along which a sliding object will flow—within certain constraints—to reach its final destination. Students must reason, conjecture, test, conjecture again, and then retest their design features to determine a solution to the presented investigation.

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Solve It! Student Thinking: Aunt Martha's Cupcakes

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Sherry L. Bair and Edward S. Mooney

Solutions to a February 2013 Solve It! problem are discussed, and the procedures used with problem solving are explored.

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Solve It! Picking and Packing Strawberries

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Sherry L. Bair and JoAnn Cady

To elicit creative student thinking, this open-ended problem asks solvers to calculate fractional parts of crates of strawberries.