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November 2007, Volume 13, Issue 4

 FEATURES Focused Strategies for Middle-Grades Mathematics Vocabulary DevelopmentRheta RubensteinSeveral challenges that students face in learning mathematics language and specific strategies to address each type of difficulty. Includes a table of common, mathematically challenging vocabulary words. A Look at the Development of Data Representation and Analysis in Curriculum Focal Points: A Quest for CoherenceJane Schielack; Cathy SeeleyHow to put the NCTM publication, Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence into practice. Data Representation and Analysis is examined, as a strand in  grade bands K-7, but in grade 8  the analysis of data through descriptive statistics becomes a Focal Point in itself. Includes guiding questions for reflection and professional development. See a Different MathematicsL. StallingsProposes four strategies for posing mathematics problems that raise the cognitive demands of the tasks given to students. Each strategy is illustrated with three common middle school mathematics examples: finding the greatest common factor, finding area or perimeter, and finding the equation of a line. Reflections on a Research-Inspired Lesson about the Fairness of DiceRandall GrothA lesson that was motivated by two research studies and how students responded to it. Suggestions for related classroom research are offered. Dynamic Concrete Instruction in an Inclusive ClassroomBradley Witzel; David AllsoppResearch is only beginning to show the benefits of the effective use of manipulatives with students who have disabilities. This article highlights how teachers can incorporate three manipulative instructional strategies to help students with high-incidence disabilities.  Student work is included.

 Departments On my MindOn My Mind: Turning the Mathematics Classroom into an Intellectual Playground through Poetry Solve it!Solve It!: A Mix of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Quick ReadsQuick Reads: Promising Partnerships: Gearing Up for Mathematics Palette of Problems/Menu of ProblemsPalette of Problems - November 2007 Families AskFamilies Ask: Middle School Girls in the Mathematics Classroom Mathematical ExplorationMathematical Explorations: What If We Were Built Like the Dinosaurs?