This department publishes brief news articles, announcements and guest editorials on current mathematics education issues that stimulate the interest of TCM readers and cause them to think about an issue or consider a specific viewpoint about some aspect of mathematics education.
Laura Bofferding and Nicole Wessman-Enzinger
Nicole M. Wessman-Enzinger
When solving temperature problems with negative integers, number sentences may be mathematically equivalent but not contextually equivalent.
Jeffrey M. Choppin, Cynthia H. Callard, and Jennifer S. Kruger
Student-generated algorithms, despite being inelegant and cumbersome, can nevertheless highlight a Common Core standard on rational number subtraction to show flexibility and understanding.
A game called Five Steps to Zero and its variations are meant to help students with mathematical reasoning.
Robert Q. Berry III and Mark W. Ellis
See how one seventh-grade teacher melds NCTM's Process Standards, CCSSM's Standards for Mathematical Practice, and multidimensional teaching to engage students.
Jeffrey M. Choppin, Carolyn B. Clancy, and Scott J. Koch
Allowing students to reason and communicate about integer operations, or any idea, before these ideas are formalized can be an important tool for fostering deep understanding.
Maryl Gearhart and Geoffrey B. Saxe
Try these methods for integrating diverse learners.
Jessica Pierson Bishop, Lisa L. Lamb, Randolph A. Philipp, Ian Whitacre, and Bonnie P. Schappelle
Reasoning about integers provides students with rich opportunities to look for and make use of structure.
Students analyze football plays.
Daniel J. Heck, Jill V. Hamm, Jessica A. Dula, Pippa Hoover, and Abigail S. Hoffman
Three seventh graders, working as a small group in their math class, had a conversation about adding and subtracting integers. The students discussed the challenges they faced in the assigned task.