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Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (MTMS) focuses on intuitive, exploratory investigations that use informal reasoning to help students develop a strong conceptual basis that leads to greater mathematical abstraction.

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  One of the goals of the American Statistical Association (ASA) is to improve statistics education at all levels. Through the STatistics Education Web (STEW), the ASA is reaching out to K-12 mathematics and science teachers who teach statistics concepts in their classrooms. STEW is an online resource for peer-reviewed lesson plans for K-12 teachers. The web site is maintained by the ASA and accessible to K-12 teachers throughout the world.  



Reflection Guides 
Guidelines for Professional Development Using Publications

NCTM school journals and other publications are a rich resource for professional development. Reflection Guides are written by members of NCTM's Professional Development Services Committee (PDSC).

Featured Reflection Guide - Representation
Representation as a Vehicle for Solving and Communication 

An activity that explores the use of multiple representations in teachers' classrooms, and also builds teachers’ understanding of representations as tools that are vital for recording, analyzing, solving, and communicating mathematical data, problems, and ideas.

Math and Literacy 

Jane Porath, 8th grade mathematics teacherJane Porath, 8th grade Mathematics Teacher, Traverse City East Middle School, MI, delves into resources supporting literacy and mathematics and how to better support students' and teacher's needs. She will also share her experiences of implementing the Inspiring Middle School Literacy lessons with her 8th grade mathematics students.

 

Curriculum Focal Points cover image Curriculum Focal Point - related resources
Collection of lesson ideas and activities organized by Focal Point.

 

 


Agenda For Action CoverAn Agenda for Action
Recommendations for School Mathematics of the 1980s.

The historic document that started the standards movement.

Illuminations Lesson Plans and Activities

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Grades 6-8 Activities 
New Teacher?

Beginning your journey as a mathematics teacher? Empowering the Beginning Teacher of Mathematics: Middle School has been created to help you reach your full potential as a mathematics educator. Resources cover professional growth, curriculum and instruction, classroom-level assessment, classroom management and organization, equity, and school and community.


 

 

Weekly Problem


A flea can jump 350 times its body length. If humans could jump like fleas, how far could you jump?

Solution:
Answers will vary, depending on the height of the person. The average height of an 11–14-year-old male is 60 inches. The average height of a female of the same age is 62 inches, according to the National Institute of Health. A student who is 5 feet tall could jump about 1750 feet, or 583 yards. For varying answers, multiply the height by 350 and approximate that distance with a known landmark.

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