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April 2013, Volume 19, Issue 8

FEATURES

Assessments: Numbers, Context, Graphics, and Assumptions
Barbara Zorin, Patricia D. Hunsader, and Denisse R. Thompson
Learn how to modify classroom evaluation items to avoid potential difficulties.

Building a Team of Learners
Karen M. Higgins
Teachers use “studio” time to review videotaped classroom episodes.

The van Hiele Model

The Distributive Property in Grade 3?- FREE PREVIEW!
Christine C. Benson, Jennifer J. Wall, and Cheryl Malm
Are third graders ready to connect procedures to concepts of area conservation, distribution, and geometric interpretation?

Challenge Beginning Teacher Beliefs
John K. Lannin and Kathryn B. Chval
Use these specific strategies to confront assumptions about teaching and learning mathematics.

Sample Discussion Forum Prompts
Second Look:
Supporting New and Experienced Teachers

Capturing Thinking on the Talk Frame
Tutita M. Casa
This instructional tool helps students engage in discussions that foster student reasoning, then settle on correct mathematics.

Second Look - Supporting New and Experienced Teachers

Learning to Think and Thinking to Learn
How do teachers create a classroom environment where thinking is primary—where thinking matters just as much as reciting facts, where facts are learned through thinking, and where they are used as the basis for further thinking?

research, reflection, practice: What Effective Math Teachers Have in Common
Research, Reflection, and Practice aims to bridge the gap between research and practice by describing current research and then demonstrating its importance and applicability to practicing classroom teachers. Summaries of research with references to full reports, relevant student work or examples of student dialog, and ideas for action research.

Supporting Teacher Learning: Using Teacher-Produced Videotapes of Student Interviews as Discussion Catalysts
Supporting Teacher Learning serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and a source of activities and pedagogical strategies for teacher educators in their day-to-day work with prospective and practicing teachers. Supporting Teacher Learning is a regular department of Teaching Children Mathematics.

Illuminations Applet for Teachers: Dynamic Paper
Need a pentagonal pyramid that's six inches tall? Or a number line that goes from ‑18 to 32 by 5's? Or a set of pattern blocks where all shapes have one-inch sides? You can create all those things and more with the Dynamic Paper tool. Place the images you want, then export it as a PDF activity sheet for your students or as a JPEG image for use in other applications or on the web.

The Teaching Principle
Effective mathematics teaching requires understanding what students know and need to learn and then challenging and supporting them to learn it well.