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April 2010, Volume 16, Issue 8


A smorgasbord of assessment options
Kathy A. Bacon
Presented with a variety of palatable, inquiry-based, creative learning choices in geometry, this teacher and her fifth graders found tremendous satisfaction in meeting target goals for reasoning skills and taking important “next steps” in learning.

Teaching with cognates
Conrado L. Gómez
Words in two languages that share meaning, spelling, and pronunciation, cognates are an obvious bridge to English for Spanish-speaking learners to access mathematical knowledge.

Supporting language learners
Jo Cady, Thomas Hodges, Clara Brown
Incorporating these instructional practices for two mathematical tasks into lessons to support English learners and give them access to an excellent, equitable program.

Models for special needs students
Diana Treahy, Susan Gurganus
Teachers describe five proven, effective co-teaching strategies for collaborative partnerships with special education instructors and other professionals.

A foxy loxy and a lallapalagram
Johnnie B. Wilson
Where is the mathematical reasoning in naming geometric figures? More than simple labels, names shape thinking and anchor concepts. Help your students’ everyday descriptions become formal mathematical definitions.