Keeping Modeling with Mathematics as the Focus in Authentic Tasks



Mathematical modeling, teacher education, PK-5 mathematics


Modeling with mathematics is essential in connecting mathematics to everyday life. In the preparation of teacher candidates, it becomes a mechanism to support the learning of mathematics as well as strengthening pedagogical approaches. This article focuses on a task that engaged teacher candidates in modeling with mathematics. After analyzing how teacher candidates solved problems, we categorized their methods into three categories of approaches. The alignment of the modeling task to the elementary mathe- matics curriculum is highlighted. Benefits of engaging teacher candidates in these types of tasks are also discussed.


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How to Cite

Griesmer, R., Livers, S. D., & Roberts, T. (2024). Keeping Modeling with Mathematics as the Focus in Authentic Tasks. Ohio Journal of School Mathematics, 97(1), 1–11. Retrieved from