consist of short, focused articles along a particular theme or in a specific
format. Writing for a department is a great way for teachers to see their names
Short articles (1500 – 1800 words) provide
an opportunity to share a single, well-developed idea. Although Quick Reads may
cover a wide range of topics and interests, the Editorial Panel is particularly
interested in receiving manuscripts that fit in one of the following categories:
- Another Good Idea
- Action Research
- Promising Partnerships
- Teaching With
Submissions should be made through http://mtms.msubmit.net.
Palette of Problems
The purpose of the Palette
of Problems department is to provide teachers and students with a
set of interesting and challenging problems that invite creative problem
solving strategies. This department
appears in each issue of MTMS, with an attempt to address
the focus topic in the Focus Issue. Anyone can contribute problems to Palette
of Problems and submissions should be sent directly to the
editor, Joel Amidon at email@example.com.
On My Mind
These editorials (700 – 1300 words) raise
a significant issue or advocate a point of view about some aspect of the
teaching or learning of mathematics. Anyone may submit material for a blind
review. Submissions should be made through http://mtms.msubmit.net.
Readers find classroom-tested
explorations that are ready for teachers to use with their middle school
mathematics students. Submissions should include - reproducible activity
sheets appropriate for middle grade students, a description of the
exploration, including goals or objectives. Lessons developed from historical
context are of particular interest. Submissions should be made through http://mtms.msubmit.net.
On the back page of the journal, a
single page activity is available for teachers to use in the classroom. Each
activity is a single idea applied in the real world, to answer the question
“When am I ever going to use this?” If
you have questions or ideas for this department, please contact MTMS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an opportunity for readers to
share opinions, thoughts, or a reaction to anything that they find of interest
in the journal. Please send your thoughts to email@example.com.
Articles in the Informing Practice department provide classroom teachers with
lessons learned from research which can be applied to the to the classroom
practice. Submissions should be approximately
1500 words and be made through http://mtms.msubmit.net
Each month, a cartoon and
accompanying mathematics questions are provided on an Activity Sheet that
teachers can use with students. To suggest cartoons or field-test
activity sheets, contact the department editor, David B. Spangler, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Solve It Student Thinking
The Solve It department provides rich questions that invoke
thoughtful and innovative student responses.
Try these questions with your
students and submit interesting student solutions to Solve It:
Student Thinking. This
companion department to Solve It provides an insight
into the mathematical thinking of middle school students.
Ideas for Solve It problems and student solutions should be sent to the
department editor, Sherry Bair at email@example.com.
Windows on Resources
This department contains a review of
computer software, books, and products. If you would like to
review materials, or have ideas for products that could be reviewed,
please contact Beth Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org.