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November 2007, Volume 13, Issue 4

FEATURES

Focused Strategies for Middle-Grades Mathematics Vocabulary Development
Rheta Rubenstein
Several 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 Coherence
Jane Schielack; Cathy Seeley
How 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 Mathematics
L. Stallings
Proposes 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 Dice
Randall Groth
A 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 Classroom
Bradley Witzel; David Allsopp
Research 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.