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December 2012, Volume 18, Issue 5

FEATURES

Every Day Is Mathematical
Rita H. Barger and Adeeb M. Jarrah
To reinforce students’ understanding of numbers and their properties, ask them to look at the calendar.

Proportional Reasoning and the Visually Impaired- FREE PREVIEW!
Geoff Hilton, Annette Hilton, Shelley L. Dole, Merrilyn Goos, and Mia O’Brien
A hands-on activity helps promote sight-impaired students’ understanding of relative and comparative sizes.

Secondary Mathematics Inclusion: Merging with Special Education
Lisa A. Dieker, Michelle Stephan, and Jennifer Smith
A conceptual framework can show a general education and a special education teacher how to team teach so that a range of students can learn together in today’s classroom.
Second Look:
Special Needs

Finding Balance at the Elusive Mean
Rick A. Hudson
Innovative, technology-enhanced tasks can help students construct robust understandings of the mean.

Second Look - Special Needs

Tailoring Tasks to Meet Students’ Needs
Reflect and Discuss
Thread small changes seamlessly into high-level reasoning tasks to reach all students.

Why Students with Special Needs Have Difficulty Learning Mathematics and What Teachers Can Do to Help
Article describes four learning characteristics that make learning and doing mathematics difficult for students with special needs. Instructional strategies that make learning and doing mathematics attainable for these students are described in the context of a vignette based on real-life experiences.

Strategies for Helping Students Who Have Learning Disabilities in Mathematics
Strategies and modifications that are helpful for students with learning disabilities and their mathematics teachers.

Illuminations Applet: Fractions Models
Explore different representations for fractions including improper fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percentages. Additionally, there are length, area, region, and set models. Adjust numerators and denominators to see how they alter the representations and models. Use the table to keep track of interesting fractions.

Related Lesson: A Meter of Candy
In this series of 3 hands-on activities, students develop and reinforce their understanding of hundredths as fractions, decimals, and percentages. Students explore using candy pieces as they physically make and connect a set/linear model to area models.

The Equity Principle
Excellence in mathematics education requires equity—high expectations and strong support for all students.