This text provides current and future middle school teachers with the mathematics content, essential concepts, methodology, activities, and resources to both learn and teach mathematics in grades 6 — 8.
Teaching Today’s Mathematics in the Middle Grades focuses exclusively on the middle school learner and the middle school mathematics curriculum. Although each chapter discusses foundational mathematics concepts from earlier grades and previews topics that will follow the middle grades, the emphasis is on the middle school. This selective focus allows for proper development of critical topics in the middle school such as proportionality and algebraic thinking, and the integral role of manipulatives. Assessment practices and problem-solving are emphasized, again, from the viewpoint of effective practices for middle grades students.