Do you have an idea for a mathematics activity that could
interest mathematics students? Is it within the reach of advanced fifth
graders? Can it be extended to challenge sophomores or juniors in high school?
Then we are looking for you!
The Editorial Panel of Student Explorations in
Mathematics (SEM) is seeking
activity ideas to include in future issues. This is an opportunity to share
your great teaching ideas with your fellow math teachers. We want rich activities
to get into the hands of as many mathematics students as possible. With all the
talent and creativity in NCTM's membership, we are certain that more can be
done. Be a part of the process.
to Submit an Activity for Publication:
The Field Editor sends the submission to the Editorial Panel for review.
The input is shared with the author: the Panel may choose to reject the
submission, return the submission to the author for clarification or revision,
or may retain the submission for the Panel to use in the development of the
yearly set of activities during their meeting.
proposed activity to the Staff Liaison (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will forward it to the Field
Editor of the SEM Editorial Panel.
Please refer to the Submitter Guide for formatting requirements.
If the submission is retained, the panelists review the submission at the
summer Panel meeting and recommend publishing in current form, revision, or
The Panel Chair or Field Editor compiles the panel input and communicates
the Panel decision to the author.
If the activity idea is accepted for publication, the panel refines it, puts it in final form.
You will not have to do any rewriting; the panel takes your idea and develops
it into a publishable activity with acknowledgement that the activity idea came
Important Things to
Students in grades 5 through 10, teachers, and teacher
The first part of the activity should be accessible to advanced
fifth graders. It should progress to challenge middle school students up
through tenth or eleventh grade. Look at some recent issues of Student
Explorations in Mathematics to get a better idea of the format.
SEM is intended
to interest students in the power and beauty of mathematics and to introduce
teachers to some challenging areas of mathematics that are within the reach of
their students. Each issue of SEM is
designed so that it can be reproduced by the teacher and distributed in its
entirety, or in part, to the student audience. Each online issue develops a
single mathematical theme or concept in such a way that
fifth grade students can understand the first one or two pages and high school
students will be challenged by the last page.
If your submission is chosen for publication, the copyright will be
assigned to NCTM. You retain the rights, without fees, to the use of your own
work in not-for-sale print publications, provided you notify NCTM before doing
so and include the standard credit and copyright notification for SEM.