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Kinesthetic Mathematics in the Middle Grades

Kinesthetic Mathematics in the Middle Grades

Physical movement helps students engage in, investigate, and understand mathematics concepts

Introduction Young adolescents undergo more rapid and profound changes than at any other time in their development (NMSA, 2010). Adolescence is a pivotal stage for cognitive, social-emotional, and...
Author: Deborah McMurtrie and Bridget Coleman
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Topics: STEMTeaching
Science Happens in MY Neighborhood

Science Happens in MY Neighborhood

Engaging middle schoolers in local issues helps them apply knowledge and become informed citizens

Environmental science knowledge intertwined with cultural practices have ripple effects that impact many aspects of society. For example, the increase in the use of fertilizer and practices of overfishing have...
Author: Lise Falconer
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Topics: STEMTeaching
Three Tips to Close the Gender Gap in STEM-Based Careers

Three Tips to Close the Gender Gap in STEM-Based Careers

STEM starts with the end in mind

By the time students transition to high school, the disparity between girls' and boys' interest in STEM is already evident. Three decades of research show that an average of 15.7% of freshman girls express interest in...
Author: Angela Fuentes
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Topics: STEM
Beginning with Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

Beginning with Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom

Facilitating rich discourse to engage students and develop confidence

Through education, teachers influence change in their students' mindsets, which in turn can help students become successful individuals (Yeager & Dweck, 2012). We believe that the best teachers guide, motivate,...
Author: Lynnette Sanchez-Gonzalez, Megan Nickels
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Topics: STEMTeaching
Diving into 3D Technology

Diving into 3D Technology

Students build and print objects while developing proportional reasoning and technology skills

Each year we explore new and innovative ways to teach middle grades students the foundational concepts and skills they need for algebra such as proportional reasoning. This year, we engaged students in a scale...
Author: Michele Ough, Sarah B. Bush
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Tags: Math

STEM in the Middle Grades

Research Summary

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education continues to emphasize the teaching of skills that are relevant to today's information driven economy (Jamali, Nurulazam Md Zain, Samsudin & Ale...
Author: Premkumar Pugalenthi, Alisa B. Wickliff, David K. Pugalee
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Writing as Inspiration in Math Class

Writing as Inspiration in Math Class

Using the power of words to explore math content, careers, and self-reflection

Reading and writing are powerful learning tools that can be used effectively in the math classroom to draw connections between mathematics and its application to the other school disciplines and the real world....
Author: Alessandra King
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Topics: STEMTeaching
The Alexander Exploration

The Alexander Exploration

Using children's literature to explore "rich" representations and purposeful tools in mathematics

"Everything seems cheap—when was this book made?" asked one student as we embarked on an activity to engage students in a meaningful exploration focused on mathematical modeling and connections using the...
Author: Sarah B. Bush, Karen S. Karp, Kathryn R. Cohan
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Topics: STEM
STEM: The Misunderstood Cousin of PBL

STEM: The Misunderstood Cousin of PBL

How STEM pedagogy is adaptable and accessible in any classroom

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is the current teaching practice being implemented in classrooms to develop 21st century skills and engage students in a deeper level of learning by presenting authentic, complex problems...
Author: Michele Schuler
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Topics: STEM
LAM, It's the New STEM!

LAM, It's the New STEM!

Creating meaningful learning experiences through language arts and mathematical connections

Examining the Evidence For centuries, traditional American schooling has taken place in isolated silos of math, language arts, science, and social studies. However, once entering the workforce, students find that the...
Author: Sonam Shahani, Katie Castle
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