Middle school mathematics teachers occupy a unique place in the mathematical development of students. These teachers need to be proficient in all elementary mathematics topics, together with some secondary mathematics topics. They demand a special kind of preparation that differs from both that of their elementary and secondary colleagues. The Mathematics Education of Teachers (MET) document published by the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences set forth criteria for the preparation of mathematics middle school teachers which made it critical that special programs and courses for this group emerge.

This collection of articles is in response to the MET document and the result of several gatherings of mathematics educators and mathematicians training middle school teachers. We, the editors of this volume, under the sponsorship of the Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers, organized two contributed paper sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings entitled “Content Courses for the Mathematical Education of Middle School Teachers” in 2007 and “Curriculum Materials for Pre-service Middle School Mathematics Teachers” in 2008. We invited participants from these two sessions as well as colleagues heavily involved in the mathematics education of middle school teachers to write articles on both programs and courses.

We have chosen the articles that appear in this volume for several purposes: to disseminate various middle school programs structures, to detail methods of teaching specific middle school teachers content courses, and to share materials and resources. While each article describes the unique program or course of its respective institution, each also includes a common core of information to provide some consistency to the volume. In particular, all articles describing middle school programs contain information about the host institution, a history of the program, degree and testing requirements for the program and for state licensure, learning goals and objectives for the program and courses, and any available assessment data. When applicable information is included about particular courses, for example, some articles provide sample activities or syllabi and some have a description of courses in the appendix. Most articles have links to websites containing further information about the program, courses, state requirements, or resources that can be downloaded and used directly.

We expect that the reader of this volume will be either a faculty member who is new to the teaching of courses for middle school mathematics teachers or a seasoned teacher of pre-service teachers who is interested in trying some new approaches and perhaps starting a middle school program at his or her institution.

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Chapter 1: Preparing Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers at Georgia College & State University, Angel R. Abney, Nancy B. Mizelle, and Janet Shiver |
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Chapter 2: The Mathematics for Middle School Teachers Program at Western Oregon University, Cheryl Beaver, Rachel Harrington, and Klay Kruczek |
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Chapter 3: Connecting Middle School Mathematics with College Mathematics: A Core of Mathematics Courses for Middle Grade Mathematics Teachers, Ira J. Papick |
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Chapter 4: The Middle School Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Jennifer Szydlik, John Beam, Eric Kuennen, and Carol Seaman |
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Chapter 5: The Master of Arts in Middle School Mathematics Program at Salem (MA) State University, Julie A. Belock |
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Chapter 6: The Math in the Middle Institute: Strengthening Middle Level Teachers’ Mathematical and Pedagogical Capacities, Ruth M. Heaton, W. James Lewis, and Wendy M. Smith |
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Chapter 7: A Professional Development Program for Middle School Math Teachers in Maryland, M. Elizabeth Mayfield and Christy Danko Graybeal |
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Chapter 8: Discrete Mathematics: A Course in Problem Solving for 21st Century Middle School Teachers, Tanya Cofer, Valerie A. DeBellis, Cathy Liebars, Joseph G. Rosenstein, Bonnie Saunders, and Margaret Wirth |
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Chapter 9: Guided Discovery in a Discrete Mathematics Course for Middle School Teachers, Mary Flahive and Reva Kasman |
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Chapter 10: Geometry for Middle Grades Teachers at Northern Kentucky University, Bethany Noblitt |
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Chapter 11: A Number and Algebra Course for Middle School Math Teachers, Michael Mays and David Miller |
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Chapter 12: Vertically Connecting Precalculus and Calculus with Middle School Mathematics, Theresa Jorgensen |
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Chapter 13: Visual College Algebra for Teachers, Laurie J. Burton and Klay T. Kruczek |
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Chapter 14: Probability and Statistics for Prospective Middle Grades Teachers, Jennifer Szydlik, John Beam, Eric Kuennen, and Carol Seaman |
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Chapter 15: Vermont Middle Level Mathematics Initiative: Courses and Materials for Mathematics Educators, George Ashline and Marny Frantz |
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Chapter 16: Challenging Yet Accessible Mathematics Courses for Middle Level Teachers, Ruth M. Heaton, W. James Lewis, Michelle R. Homp, Steven R. Dunbar, and Wendy M. Smith |
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