Teaching Today's Mathematics in the Middle Gradesprovides current and future middle school teachers with the mathematics content, essential concepts, methodology, activities, and resources to both learn and teach mathematics in grades 5 to 8. The authors focus 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 algebraic thinking, and the integral role of manipulatives. Assessment practices and problem solving are also emphasized from the viewpoint of effective practices for middle school students. Unique Features React and Reflectfeatures prompt classroom discussions by asking the reader to think independently regarding a statement, issue, or concern. Try Thisfeatures ask the reader to solve a problem first, or extend the current discussion by working on an extension of a problem. By completing the problem first, teachers are putting themselves in the place of their students, helping the teacher discover first-hand common misconceptions. Numerous exercises and activitiesappear at the end of each chapter to reinforce student understanding of various topics and ensure mastery of the mathematics content. TheNCTM Principles and Standardsare emphasized throughout the book, beginning with a discussion in Chapter 1. Each of the content chapters (611) opens with the relevantNCTM content standardsfor that chapter. In addition, marginal icons highlight areas within the text in which theNCTM process standardsare discussed. Reviewers rave. . . "From the content, organization, and approach, it is evident that the authors have years of teaching experience. This gives the text authority." -Marina Krause, California State UniversityLong Beach "The authors do an excellent job of presenting in sequential order essential concepts, methodology, activities, and technological resources essential to assist [the] beginning math teacher in preparing to teach in the middle school program." -Gerald Jarmon, North Carolina Central UniversityJohnson, Art is the author of 'Teaching Today's Mathematics in the Middle Grades', published 2005 under ISBN 9780205433599 and ISBN 0205433596.