Ways to Think About Mathematics provides teacher trainers, CPD coordinators, and heads of mathematics departments with all the necessary tools to provide high-quality staff development in secondary mathematics. The materials have been successfully tried and tested in a wide variety of professional development and initial teacher training settings.
These guides and the accompanying CD-ROM contain:
- A range of practical activities
- Commentary on the activities
- Pedagogical suggestions (sequencing of materials, promoting active participation, adapting to the needs of particular teachers)
- Various solution strategies
- Additional reading and problems tied to the content of the main text
- Sample solutions for all problems and discussion questions.
The pack consists of Ways to Think About Mathematics: Activities and Investigations for Grade 6-12 Teachers and The Facilitator's Guide To Ways To Think About Mathematics
Ways to Think About Mathematics fills the gap between what maths teachers learned in college and what they are required to teach in today's classrooms. Focusing on algebraic, geometric, and statistical ideas, the book gives teachers the opportunity to learn and understand the same maths concepts and maths problems that they will be teaching.
The Facilitator's Guide To Ways To Think About Mathematics is designed for use in staff development workshops, and is also appropriate for initial teacher education courses in secondary mathematics.
Steven R. Benson is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he teaches a variety of mathematics content courses for traditional undergraduate students and in-service mathematics teachers. Before joining the Lesley faculty, Dr. Benson was a Research Scientist at Education Development Center, Inc., where he was involved in a wide variety of projects, most of which involved the development of curricula for mathematics students and teachers. He has also facilitated preservice and in-service teacher professional development workshops across the U.S. and internationally (including serving as consultant to the Ministry of Education in Azerbaijan), directed a research project investigating the genesis and development of mathematical talent in Mathematical Olympians, and edited the problem calendar section of the Mathematics Teacher journal published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Prior to joining the EDC staff in June 2000, he held mathematics faculty positions at St. Olaf College, Santa Clara University, University of New Hampshire, and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and is currently a co-director of the Master of Science for Teachers program at the University of New Hampshire. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois, working under the direction of Leon McCulloh in algebraic number theory.