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    Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK–12 (MTLT) is NCTM's journal with a unique point of view—your view as a practicing teacher of mathematics. MTLT offers readers a plethora of relevant articles and enriching, useful departments that have been enhanced with digital content, when possible. The journal spans pre-K–12 but continues to provide focused, grade-band-specific articles.

    Submit an Article

    MTLT features three types of articles:

    1. Front and Center article: Submissions should be 3,500 to 5,000 words and must touch on a topic that spans pre-K–12. When submitting, choose the Manuscript Type category “All grades PK–12.” This article should try to appeal to the wide range of MTLT readers.
    2. Feature article (grade-band specific): Submissions should be 3,000 to 3,500 words and focus on a narrow grade band (PK–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12). When submitting, choose the grade-band category that fits your article.
    3. Focus article (grade-band specific): Submissions should be 1,000 to 1,500 words and focus, as well, on a narrow grade band (PK–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12). This tier allows authors to share a single, well-developed idea. When submitting, choose the grade-band category that fits your article.

    Submit Manuscripts

    Submit to Departments

    Writing for a department is a great way to begin writing for our profession. Department articles are often drawn from your daily interactions with students. If it is of interest to you and your students, it is likely to also be of interest to MTLT readers. The departments described below offer opportunities for you to share your problems and ideas.


    • An editorial allows readers to raise a significant issue or advocate a point of view about some aspect of teaching or learning mathematics. It can involve a narrow grade band or address a topic of interest to pre-K–12 educators.
    • Subject matter could include such topics as curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, mathematics teacher education, educational philosophy, research implementation, structure of the educational system, special teacher needs, or special student needs.
    • Word count: 1,000 - 1,500.

    Letters to the Editor:

    • Readers are invited to respond to an article or department that is featured in MTLT.
    • Word count per letter: 250.

    Problems to Ponder:

    • Readers are asked to submit individual problems or groups of problems (and answers only, not solution strategies) that are grade-band specific, much like those that appeared in TCM’s Math by the Month, MTMS’s Palette of Problems, and MT’s Calendar.
    • When submitting, click on specific grade band(s).

    Growing Problem Solvers (GPS):

    • Send in your rich task or tasks that can potentially span four points along the pre-K–12 learning trajectory (elementary, intermediate, junior high, and high school) and can elicit higher-order thinking.
    • Each task should be a low-floor/high-ceiling task with multiple entry points, allowing for a variety of solution strategies and reaching many different learners. A teacher page will explore the math and potential instructional strategies.
    • If you have used a rich task in your classroom and have had to extend it, contribute to this discussion. No solutions will be provided.
    • Word count: 1,000 (Teacher page 500 words, each task 250 words).

    For the Love of Mathematics:

    • The last page of the journal will be visual and fun, engaging, and inspiring. This reader-driven department is intended for the teacher, rather than for direct use with students.
    • Items sent to the editor may include a photograph, combined with a funny or engaging mathematical question; an original cartoon that is humorous or reflective; a puzzle; Math Circle prompts; a poem or vignette; original artwork; or general celebratory items, such as Pi Day or Metric Week. Submission of student work within these guidelines is also welcome. How do you show your love of mathematics?
    • Word count: no more than 150.

    Ear to the Ground

    • Ear to the Ground features voices working in various corners of the mathematics education world. Readers hear from book authors, conference presenters, bloggers, and others and get accompanying digital enhancements to keep up-to-date on current happenings in mathematics education.
    • Contributors are invited by the editors.
    • Word count: 1,000

    Teaching Is a Journey

    • This department provides a space for PK–12 teachers of mathematics to connect with other teachers of mathematics through their stories that lend personal and professional support.
    • Word count: 1,600

    Access https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/mtltpk12 to submit manuscripts. Limit your article or submission to the TOTAL word count listed above, including references and figures, where applicable. You are encouraged to include such digital components as a video clip, audio file, Livescribe™ file, SMART Board™ file, or other form of multimedia to enhance the submission.

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