Using Warm-Ups to Support and Develop Mathematical Ideas

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In the course of a school year teachers are faced with a full calendar of mathematics to cover. Every minute matters. Engaging students in mathematical activity as soon as they enter the door increases the number of minutes they spend studying mathematics in a year. Warm-ups can be used to review and practice skills. They can be used to build new ideas and forms of mathematical thinking. This paper shares three different sets of warm-ups that can be used with middle school students to encourage different types of mathematical thinking and reasoning. This article was supported by the Middle Grades Mathematics Initiative project funded by The Ohio Board of Regents Improving Teacher Quality Grant No. 08-39.




Ohio Journal of School Mathematics, no. 63 (2011), 25-31.