Write for Mathematics Teacher
The Editorial Panel of Mathematics Teacher urges all readers, especially classroom teachers, to consider writing for the journal.
Calls for Manuscripts
2016 Focus Issue: Teaching Mathematics Online (PDF) The MT Editorial Panel invites submissions on how online technologies can be leveraged for mathematics learning and how these can balance and complement traditional classroom formats.
On the Front Burner: Emerging Issues in Mathematics Education (PDF) This is an exciting time to be a mathematics educator! The recent global scrutiny of mathematics education, curricular changes, and evolving technological innovations generate controversial positions. Mathematics Teacher welcomes manuscripts that “stir the pot” on provocative current issues in mathematics education.
Great Problems (PDF) Mathematical tasks that engage students, promote inquiry, and generate rich discussions are central to effective classrooms. Share your great problems with MT readers.
Statistics and Probability (PDF) To make and interpret decisions in today’s world, we all must be statistically literate. Help MTreaders gain new perspectives on dynamic approaches involving data and chance.
Mathematizing the World: An Invitation to Modeling (PDF) Do you wrestle with complexities of mathematical modeling in classrooms? Tell us how you incorporate representations of real-world behavior and relationships among experiment, data, form, and function.
Open the Door and Keep It Open (PDF) The MT Editorial Panel welcomes manuscripts that illustrate key ways in which teachers of entry-level courses can open the door for students to learn mathematics.
Assessment (PDF) It influences teaching, learning, and relationships as well as recruitment and retention of teachers. Let us know how you use, judge, and view assessment.
Reasoning and Sense Making (PDF) Advocate a culture of reasoning and sense making in which students draw conclusions based on evidence and develop understanding by connecting to existing knowledge
All letters for publication are acknowledged, but because of the large number submitted, we do not send letters of acceptance or rejection. Letters to be considered for publication should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Type and double-space letters that are sent by mail. Letters should not exceed 500 words and are subject to abridgement. At the end of the letter include your name and affiliation, if any, including zip or postal code and e-mail address, in the style of the section.
NCTM Attn: Mathematics Teacher 1906 Association Dr. Reston, VA 20191
Comment on published articles or share your own mathematics interest. Letters should not exceed 500 words and are subject to abridgment.
Sound Off!s are MT’s version of an op-ed piece. A Sound Off! Is a short (no more than four typed, double-spaced pages), signed statement, editorial in nature, which forcefully and logically raises a significant issue or advocates a point of view about some aspect of the teaching or learning of mathematics.
Appropriate subject matter for a Sound Off! includes 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. Sound Off!s should avoid personal attacks or criticism, political endorsements of any kind, product promotion, or self-promotion. Sound Off!s are distinguished from expository articles in that they generally require the reader to agree or disagree with the author and from Reader Reflections in that they are much longer, between 1,500 and 2,000 words. The criteria for the evaluation of Sound Off! manuscripts include but are not limited to the timeliness of the topic and its potential interest to MT readers; the compelling presentation of the topic; the careful organization of the arguments; the appropriateness of the length of the manuscript for the Sound Off! section; the favorable comparison of the manuscript against the standards for these criteria set by articles already published and recently submitted.
The evaluation of Sound Off! manuscripts is not based on whether the reviewers agree or disagree with the position taken by the author. In all cases, the Mathematics Teacher editorial panel will make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of a particular topic or style of presentation for publication as a Sound Off!. Submit Sound Off! manuscripts at http://mt.msubmit.net.
Short items from the media focus on interesting uses or misuses of mathematics that are appropriate for classroom study. Please provide accurate reference information for the clip that you use. Please provide accurate reference information for the clip that you use.
Media Clips submissions may be sent directly to the editors; please include the original clip.
Louis Lim Thornhill Secondary School Thornhill, ON, Canada
Chris Bolognese Upper Arlington City Schools Columbus, OH
Photographs are a springboard for mathematical inquiry. Encourage readers to see patterns and relationships that they can extend in a mathematically playful way. Mathematical Lens uses photographs as a springboard for mathematical inquiry. The goal of this department is to encourage readers to see patterns and relationships that they can think about and extend in a mathematically playful way.
Submissions for Mathematical Lens should be sent directly to the editors.
Ron Lancaster University of Toronto Toronto, ON M5S 1A1 Canada
Brigitte Bentele Trinity School New York, NY 10024
MT needs a variety of problems, each trimmed to fit into one square on the calendar. About half should be accessible to all students in grades 8–12. Submit an entire month’s worth of problems or just a handful. Include complete solutions for each problem.
Calendar problems may be submitted by individuals or groups. Guidelines for the problems follow. Credit will be given to individuals or groups who provide the materials. Each calendar needs a variety of problems to appeal to a wide range of students in grades 8-12. Topics from arithmetic, algebra, geometry, number theory, statistics, discrete mathematics, probability and logic are welcomed. If you want to submit an entire month's worth of problems, send about thirty-five problems to allow for deletions because of similarity with published problems. Less than a month’s worth of problems may also be submitted.
Be careful about the length of the problems -- they need to fit into one square on the calendar. Some problems should have a small figure or other visual aid. Final art will be prepared by NCTM. See recent issues for examples. Include complete solutions for each problem.
If you select or modify problems from published sources, then include a complete reference (the name of the source, publisher, city, year of publication, and page number). Please do not include any author information on the problem pages. A title page including authors or a cover letter is appropriate.
Submit problems and solutions to the editors.
Model good questioning skills with activities suitable for classroom use. Include discussion of student thinking about the underlying concepts, connections, representations, and proof. Manuscripts may include questions for student reflection or discovery, projects, explorations, or other exercises suitable for classroom use. Manuscripts submitted to the department may also include activities based on open-ended questions with only suggestions of answers provided; including student discussion and thinking around the ideas and concepts underlying the activity would be most welcome. Our goal is to publish manuscripts that will serve as models for good questioning skills.
Readers who have developed successful classroom activities are encouraged to submit manuscripts, in a format suitable for immediate use in the classroom. Of particular interest are activities focusing on the process standards of problem solving, reasoning and sense making, proof, communication, connections, and representation.
Send submissions to “Activities for Students” using the online submission system available at http://mt.msubmit.net. Submissions should be no more than 1,500 words.
Make explicit connections between research and teaching practice. Articles would be appropriate for reflective discussions at department meetings or any other gathering of high school mathematics teachers.
Tech Tips focuses on materials and activities that assist teachers in using technology to enhance instruction, assessment, and the curriculum. Emphasis is on short, classroom-tested tips, as opposed to full-length manuscripts. The thrust of the section includes, but is not limited to, calculators, computers, and video technology. The ideas explored should be easily adaptable to a wide variety of classroom situations.
Manuscripts for Technology Tips should be submitted via http://mt.msubmit.net; they should be no longer than 1,500 words.
Delving Deeper focuses on mathematics content appealing to secondary school teachers. It provides a forum that allows classroom teachers to share their mathematics from their work with students, their classroom investigations and products, and their other experiences. Submissions that pose and solve a novel or interesting mathematics problem, expand on connections between different mathematical topics, present a general method for describing a mathematical notion or solving a class of problems, elaborate on new insights into familiar secondary school mathematics, or leave the reader with a mathematical idea to expand are encouraged.
Delving Deeper can accept manuscripts in ASCII or Word formats only. Manuscripts for Delving Deeper should be submitted via http://mt.msubmit.net, and should be no more than 1,500 words in length.
The Back Page—My Favorite Lesson, published monthly, features high school teachers’ favorite lessons. The Back Page is intended to be only one page in length—around 600 words—and should be in narrative form. One or two computer or calculator screen shots or other graphics that are part of the lesson would be valuable inclusions. We want teachers to share, in an informal manner, a lesson that they enjoy teaching, that works well with students, and that other teachers might adapt for use in their own classroom. Our intent is to increase high school teachers’ contributions to the journal and to promulgate effective pedagogy. Prospective authors should submit manuscripts to http://mt.msubmit.net.
What to Write
When you decide to write, take a look at recent journals to see what topics have been discussed. Some topics are popular, ongoing themes, such as algebraic thinking, professional development, and problem solving. Whether it is an old topic with a fresh slant or a relatively new topic, pick one central idea and stay with it.You may want to choose a topic from the following list of items that the Editorial Panel would like to see addressed. Surveys tell us that these topics are important to readers but are rarely discussed in submitted manuscripts.
Also, be sure to review the "calls for manuscripts" tab for specific feature ideas and department needs. Above all, remember that writing will take time and thought, but it can be a tremendously fulfilling experience to see your name on an article that is full of good ideas that other teachers can adopt and adapt. To test audience reaction, give a rough draft to colleagues for their comments. Be prepared to rewrite the manuscript before and after it is submitted. Revision is fundamental to writing; even experienced authors revise and rewrite their work.
How to Submit
Prospective authors should submit manuscripts to http://mt.msubmit.net using the following criteria.
Feature manuscripts should be about 2500 words, not including tables and figures. Only a reasonable number of tables and figures that are essential to understanding should be included. Manuscripts submitted for consideration in departments should follow the guidelines for the particular department. It may be that your ideas fall neatly into one of them. Most of the departments have an editor. If you have an idea you want to send in, check the submission instructions that accompany each department in the journal. Submitting copy for a department is an excellent way to begin your writing career.
What Happens Next
When the reviewers and the Editorial Panel review your manuscript, they will be using the following criteria:
Each manuscript is assigned three reviewers, each of whom are knowledgeable in the manuscript's subject area. The reviewers are given 3 weeks to review a manuscript and recommend that it be accepted, rejected, or revised. It is then sent to the Editorial Panel with the reviewer's recommendation. The Editorial Panel is allowed an additional 4 weeks for final dispensation. Please note that everyone involved in this process is a volunteer so the timeline is a rule of thumb and could be longer or shorter.