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MT Department Guidelines

A Good Way to Begin!

Getting your work published in a department of the journal is often easier than writing a regular article. Department editors will help you revise a manuscript if they see promise in the basic idea. This assistance can be helpful, particularly for a beginning author.

The departments are:

Connecting Research to Teaching 
Delving Deeper
Mathematical Lens 
Media Clips 
Reader Reflections 
Sound Off! 
Technology Tips 
The Back Page 



While traditional activities will still be considered for publication, the “Activities” department will now accept manuscripts that need not necessarily adhere to the blackline-master-with-solutions structure. Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts using other formats.   

Manuscripts may include questions for student reflection or discovery, projects, explorations, or other exercises suitable for classroom use. Manuscripts submitted to the department may also include activities based on open-ended questions with only suggestions of answers provided; including student discussion and thinking around the ideas and concepts underlying the activity would be most welcome. Our goal is to publish manuscripts that will serve as models for good questioning skills. 

Readers who have developed successful classroom activities are encouraged to submit manuscripts, in a format suitable for immediate use in the classroom. Of particular interest are activities focusing on the process standards of problem solving, reasoning and sense making, proof, communication, connections, and representation.   

Send submissions to “Activities for Students”  using the online submission system available at Submissions should be no more than 2,000 words.


Calendar problems may be submitted by individuals or groups. Guidelines for the problems follow. Credit will be given to individuals or groups who provide the materials.

Each calendar needs a variety of problems to appeal to a wide range of students in grades 8-12. Topics from arithmetic, algebra, geometry, number theory, statistics, discrete mathematics, probability and logic are welcomed.

If you want to submit an entire month's worth of problems, send about thirty-five problems to allow for deletions because of similarity with published problems. Less than a month’s worth of problems may also be submitted.

Be careful about the length of the problems -- they need to fit into one square on the calendar. Some problems should have a small figure or other visual aid. Final art will be prepared by NCTM. See recent issues for examples.

Include complete solutions for each problem.

If you select or modify problems from published sources, then include a complete reference (the name of the source, publisher, city, year of publication, and page number).

Please do not include any author information on the problem pages. A title page including authors or a cover letter is appropriate.

Submit problems and solutions to the editors. 

Margaret Coffey
Fairfax County Public Schools
Fairfax, VA
Art Kalish
Syosset High School (Retired)
Syosset, NY

Connecting Research to Teaching 

This department presents information to help teachers understand students’ conceptions or misconceptions of important ideas, consider various approaches to teaching, and offer activities that probe students’ understanding.

This section is devoted to articles that bring research insights and findings to an audience of teachers and other mathematics educators (supervisors, professional developers, and teacher educators).  Articles must make explicit connections between research and teaching practice. Our concept of research is a broad one; it includes research on student learning, on teacher thinking, on language in the mathematics classroom, on policy and practice in mathematics education, on technology in the classroom, international comparative work, and more. It is important that the articles in this department focus on important ideas and include vivid writing that makes research findings come to life for teachers. Our goal is to publish articles that are appropriate for reflective discussions at department meetings or any other gathering of high school mathematics teachers.

Manuscripts up to ten pages in length may be submitted to Connecting Research to Teaching via See recent issues of the journal for appropriate style and content.

Delving Deeper 

Delving Deeper focuses on mathematics content appealing to secondary school teachers. It provides a forum that allows classroom teachers to share their mathematics from their work with students, their classroom investigations and products, and their other experiences. Submissions that pose and solve a novel or interesting mathematics problem, expand on connections between different mathematical topics, present a general method for describing a mathematical notion or solving a class of problems, elaborate on new insights into familiar secondary school mathematics, or leave the reader with a mathematical idea to expand are encouraged.

Delving Deeper can accept manuscripts in ASCII or Word formats only. Manuscripts for Delving Deeper should be submitted via, and should be no more than 2,000 words in length.

Mathematical Lens 

Mathematical Lens uses photographs as a springboard for mathematical inquiry. The goal of this department is to encourage readers to see patterns and relationships that they can think about and extend in a mathematically playful way.

Submissions for Mathematical Lens should be sent directly to the editors.

Ron Lancaster
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 1A1
Brigitte Bentele
Trinity School
New York, NY 10024


Media Clips 

The section includes short items from the media that highlight interesting uses or misuses of mathematics that are appropriate for classroom study. Please provide accurate reference information for the clip that you use.

Media Clips submissions may be sent directly to the editors; please include the original clip.

Louis Lim
Thornhill Secondary School
Thornhill, ON, Canada
 Chris Bolognese
Upper Arlington City Schools
Columbus, OH

Reader Reflections  

All letters for publication are acknowledged, but because of the large number submitted, we do not send letters of acceptance or rejection. Letters to be considered for publication should be sent to Type and double-space letters that are sent by mail. Letters should not exceed 500 words and are subject to abridgement. At the end of the letter include your name and affiliation, if any, including zip or postal code and e-mail address, in the style of the section.

Attn: MT
1906 Association Dr.
Reston, VA 20191 

Sound Off!s 

Sound Off!s are MT’s version of an op-ed piece. A Sound Off! Is a short (no more than four typed, double-spaced pages), signed statement, editorial in nature, which forcefully and logically raises a significant issue or advocates a point of view about some aspect of the teaching or learning of mathematics.

Appropriate subject matter for a Sound Off! includes such topics as curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, mathematics teacher education, educational philosophy, research implementation, structure of the educational system, special teacher needs, or special student needs. Sound Off!s should avoid personal attacks or criticism, political endorsements of any kind, product promotion, or self-promotion. Sound Off!s are distinguished from expository articles in that they generally require the reader to agree or disagree with the author and from Reader Reflections in that they are much longer, between 1,500 and 2,000 words. The criteria for the evaluation of Sound Off! manuscripts include but are not limited to the timeliness of the topic and its potential interest to MT readers; the compelling presentation of the topic; the careful organization of the arguments; the appropriateness of the length of the manuscript for the Sound Off! section; the favorable comparison of the manuscript against the standards for these criteria set by articles already published and recently submitted.

The evaluation of Sound Off! manuscripts is not based on whether the reviewers agree or disagree with the position taken by the author. In all cases, the Mathematics Teacher editorial panel will make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of a particular topic or style of presentation for publication as a Sound Off!. Submit SoundOff! manuscripts at

Technology Tips 

The section focuses on materials and activities that assist teachers in using technology to enhance instruction, assessment, and the curriculum. Emphasis is on short, classroom-tested tips, as opposed to full-length manuscripts. The thrust of the section includes, but is not limited to, calculators, computers, and video technology. The ideas explored should be easily adaptable to a wide variety of classroom situations.

Manuscripts for Technology Tips should be submitted via; they should be no longer than 2,000 words.

The Back Page 

The Back Page—My Favorite Lesson is the newest department in Mathematics Teacher, making its debut in August 2009. This department, published monthly, features high school teachers’ favorite lessons. The Back Page is intended to be only one page in length—around 600 words—and should be in narrative form. One or two computer or calculator screen shots or other graphics that are part of the lesson would be valuable inclusions. We want teachers to share, in an informal manner, a lesson that they enjoy teaching, that works well with students, and that other teachers might adapt for use in their own classroom. Our intent is to increase high school teachers’ contributions to the journal and to promulgate effective pedagogy.  Prospective authors should submit manuscripts to


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