Whether you are a new or an experienced math teacher, The Math Teachers' Tool Box provides guidance and serves as a reference book of topics, ideas, and resources. This book provides teachers with various tools to improve their classroom management skills, to actively involve students in lessons, and as a result, raise their interest level and improve learning. The ideas presented have been classroom-tested over many years and can be used in virtually any middle or high school classroom.
Nicholas J. Rinaldi has more than four decades of experience teaching mathematics at the high school level. He has also taught "Math Strategies in Secondary Education," a university graduate course in education for students preparing to be math teachers at the secondary or middle school levels.
Introduction Chapter 1: On Your Marks, Get Set...Establishing Expectations *Course Description *Getting off to a good start Chapter 2: Put Me In Coach...Getting Students Actively Involved * Overview Chapter 3: Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines...Opening of Class Activities *Overview *Problems to introduce the next lesson *Problems to review a previous lesson * `Real world' math problems *Holiday problems *SAT prep questions *Brain teasers Chapter 4: And the Children Shall Lead...Rinaldi's Routine: Creating a Student-centered Classroom *Procedures and Materials *Rinaldi's Routine--- Student survey *Cooperative Learning---Student Survey i Chapter 5: Eureka...Inquiry Based /Discovery Lessons *Overview *Chessboard Squares *Properties of Exponents *The Triangle Angle Sum Theorem *Finding the Equation of a Parabola from Data Chapter 6: "When Will I Ever Use This?"...Problems in the Student's World *Overview *Circle Graphs *Scale Drawings and More *Meanest Kid in School Chapter 7: He Who Laughs, Lasts...Humor in the Classroom *Overview *Math Riddles *Humorous Story Problems *Math Jokes *Wacky Definitions Chapter 8: Calculate This!...Using the Graphing Calculator *Overview *The Open Box *Shortest Path Problem *Bones, Bones, Bones ii Chapter 9: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Calculator...Writing in a Math Class *Overview *Answer Completely *Read Carefully *Rapid Write *From Top to Bottom *Chalk Talk *Exit Slips Chapter 10: It's Game Time...Classroom Competitions * Overview *Student Survey *Tic-Tac-Toe *Station-to-Station *Bottleneck *Who Am I?/What Am I? *The Message Game *Team Tournament Chapter 11: All Good Things Must Come to an End...Closing Activities Chapter 12: But Wait! There's More...Odds and Ends * Wait Time *The Consultant *Progress Report *New Year's Resolution iii *Assignment Sheets *Self Esteem *Monster Math *Thumbs Up *Test Time Conclusion Answers Appendix