# Ch 45: Teaching Strategies & Activities for the Math Classroom

### About This Chapter

## Teaching Strategies & Activities for the Math Classroom - Chapter Summary

This chapter fleshes out numerous ways of fostering an effective and stimulating math class. In addition to methods and activities you can employ, you'll also learn about ways you can integrate math with other subjects in the classroom. Topics covered in this chapter include teaching mathematic reasoning, problem-based learning, teaching students sense-making, and all of the following:

- Crafting an effective math syllabus
- Fostering a mathematically rich learning atmosphere
- Integrating math with science, literature, art, and history
- Using manipulatives
- Higher order thinking questions
- Mathematical technology and game apps

These lessons all include practice quizzes you can use to test how well you processed the material before moving on. These quizzes can be taken as many times as you like and can also be printed as worksheets for offline study. At the end of the chapter you'll be able to assess yourself more comprehensively by means of a practice exam.

### 1. Creating an Effective Syllabus for a Math Course

Looking for ideas to create an effective math course syllabus? This lesson discusses the importance and uniqueness of math course syllabi and takes a look at components that should be included.

### 2. Teaching Math: Methods & Strategies

Teachers play an important role in fostering mathematics skills. In this lesson, learn some good ways to teach math methods and problem-solving strategies.

### 3. How to Create a Mathematically Rich Learning Environment

In this lesson, you'll learn how you can set up your classroom to encourage your high school students to explore and learn more about math. Learn how desk placement, displays, and manipulatives can have a real impact on learning.

### 4. Teaching Reasoning in Math: Types & Methods

This lesson will introduce several types of reasoning, including: connective, inductive, deductive, abstract, quantitative, and adaptive. Further, we will discuss methods for teaching students to use connective reasoning to solve mathematical problems.

### 5. Aligning 7th Grade Math with TEKS

Teaching middle school math does not have to feel overwhelming! Though you have a lot to cover in a year, some strong planning can make all the difference. This lesson will help you align your seventh-grade math curriculum with the TEKS standards.

### 6. Aligning 8th Grade Math with TEKS

If you are an eighth-grade math teacher in Texas, you probably think a lot about how to prepare your students for high school math. This lesson offers an overview of the eighth-grade math standards with an eye toward aligning your curriculum.

### 7. Problem-Based Learning Activities in Math

Math instruction has undergone many changes, and problem-based learning is one method responsible for this change. In this lesson, we will provide an overview of problem-based learning activities and show how to use them in your math classroom.

### 8. Activities for Integrating Math & Science in the Classroom

This lesson explores the current trend of integrating math and science instruction into the classroom. We'll also look at various examples of activities you can use to engage K-12 students in learning science and math.

### 9. Activities for Integrating Math & Literature in the Classroom

Learning objectives now focus on integrating core concepts across the curriculum. This lesson discusses why integrating math and literature is important and gives examples of activities that can be used to engage students in this process.

### 10. Activities for Integrating Math & Art in the Classroom

Math and art together are not as foreign as you might think. This lesson highlights areas where they occur together in our world, and offers suggestions for how you can integrate them into your classroom.

### 11. Activities for Integrating Math & History in the Classroom

Combining math and history in the curriculum is important because they are both intertwined as math has shaped our history and vice versa. In this lesson we will discuss various examples of activities that can be used to engage K-12 students in learning history and math.

### 12. Approaches to Learning in Mathematics

Are you trying to figure out how each of your students learns best? Look no further! This lesson will provide you with explanations and ideas on approaches that students use to learn mathematics in the classroom.

### 13. Scaffolding Student Knowledge in Mathematics

Are you trying to find ways to help your students become more independent learners in mathematics? Check out this lesson for ideas to help scaffold your students in mathematics as they learn a new concept.

### 14. Using Manipulatives in the Middle School Math Classroom

You could walk 30 miles, but wouldn't driving a car be easier? Using manipulatives for math instruction is like using a car to get somewhere faster. This lesson will define manipulatives and describe how to use them in the middle school math classroom.

### 15. Teaching Students Sense-Making in Math Problems

Teaching math strategies is one of the more challenging subjects teachers face. We will identify how and why to teach students to use logical reasoning in solving math problems and identify useful tools for doing so.

### 16. Math Technology in the Classroom

Teachers use lots of tools to keep students engaged and active learners. Math class is no exception, and technology is a great way to hook learners. This lesson examines how math technology can be used in pre-K through 12 classrooms.

### 17. Transitioning Instruction from Concrete to Abstract Math Problems

This lesson briefly discusses the difference between concrete and abstract math and then describes how to transition students from concrete to abstract problems.

### 18. The Importance of Variety in Mathematics Instruction

How do you meet the needs of all of your little mathematicians in the classroom? Although it's not easy, you can help each individual achieve through careful planning and instruction. Take a look at this lesson to figure out how you can promote students' mathematics abilities!

### 19. Higher Order Thinking Questions for Math Teachers

In classrooms across the country, higher order thinking questions are used on a daily basis. It can be challenging to incorporate higher order thinking questions into math instruction, but it is essential in helping students make connections to mathematical material.

### 20. Helping Students Analyze Their Own Mathematical Thinking

This lesson discusses how to incorporate questioning strategies that encourage mathematical discourse and aids students in evaluating their own mathematical thinking.

### 21. Making Mathematics Relevant to Students

Getting your students to care about math is not an easy task. In this lesson, you will discover a variety of ways to make math relevant to your students.

### 22. Using Math Game Apps with Students

Using games as an educational tool isn't a new concept, but using apps to engage learners is.In this lesson, you'll get up-to-date information about apps that can be used to supplement the math classroom.

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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the TExES Mathematics 7-12 (235): Practice & Study Guide course

- About the TExES Math 7-12 Exam
- Real Numbers
- Mathematical Models
- Complex Numbers & the Complex Plane
- Number Theory
- Number Patterns
- Functions and Graphs
- Linear Functions
- Quadratic Functions & Polynomials
- Evaluating Piecewise & Composite Functions
- Rational and Radical Functions
- Inequalities and Absolute Values
- Exponentials & Logs
- The Unit Circle
- Trigonometric Functions
- Using a Scientific Calculator for Calculus
- Understanding Limits in Math
- Understanding Rate of Change
- Calculating Derivatives of Functions
- Derivatives and Graphs
- Optimization in Calculus
- Definite Integrals and Sums
- Integration Applications in Calculus
- Working with Measurement
- Finding Volume, Area & Perimeter
- Introduction to Proofs and Constructions
- Congruence and Similarity
- Triangles
- Circles
- Real World Shapes
- Coordinate Geometry
- Understanding Transformations in Math
- Conic Sections
- Understanding Vectors
- Measuring & Displaying Data
- Data Distribution Overview
- Sampling in Statistics
- Distribution & Inference in Statistics
- Inference About a Mean
- Regression and Correlation
- Finding Probability
- Probability Distributions and Statistical Inference
- Experiments and Surveys
- Mathematical Process & Perspectives
- Differentiated Instructional Strategies for the Math Classroom
- Using Student Assessments in the Math Classroom
- TExES Mathematics 7-12 Flashcards