What Successful Math Teachers Do, Grades Pre K-5: 47 Research-Based Strategies for the Standards-Based Classroom

What Successful Math Teachers Do, Grades Pre K-5: 47 Research-Based Strategies for the Standards-Based Classroom

By: Edward S. Wall (author), Alfred S. Posamentier (author)Paperback

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This easy-to-navigate guide offers research-based teaching strategies for introducing nursery and primary school students to the content and skills they will need to teach mathematics effectively. Using the popular format of the What Successful Teachers Do books, the authors present 47 dynamic learning activities, each including: * A concise statement of the teaching strategy * Research-based validations for the strategy * Classroom applications and vignettes * Precautions and possible pitfalls * Primary sources for further reading

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Edward S. Wall is assistant professor of elementary mathematics education at the City College of the City University of New York. In 1968 he received his MA in mathematics at the University of Maryland and, after a number of years working as an applied mathematician, received a Sloan Foundation Fellowship for the purposes of pursuing a PhD in mathematical biology at the University of Chicago. Along the way, he became intrigued by the very notion of teaching mathematics and, after several years, found himself deeply involved in full-time K-12 mathematics teaching. In 2003 he received a PhD in mathematics education at the University of Michigan and subsequently joined the faculty at City College. He still finds himself intrigued by the very notion of teaching mathematics and his research reflects that fascination. Alfred S. Posamentier is professor of mathematics education and dean of the School of Education at the City College of the City University of New York. He has authored and co-authored several resource books in mathematics education for Corwin Press.


Prologue Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. Numbers and Operations Grades PreK-2 1. Encourage young children's exploration and understanding of relationships among numbers. 2. Encourage young children's understanding of addition and subtraction and how they relate to each other. 3. Encourage young children's fluent computation. Grades 3-5 4. Encourage an understanding of the structure of numbers and relationships among numbers. 5. Encourage an understanding of the meanings of multiplication and division and how they relate to each other. 6. Encourage students to compute fluently and make reasonable estimates. 2. Algebra Grades PreK-2 7. Encourage young children's systematic sorting and classification as they work with a variety of patterns, geometric shapes, and data. 8. Encourage young children's systematic exploration of the general principles and properties of operations such as addition and subtraction. Grades 3-5 9. Encourage the expression and generalization of mathematics relationships. 10. Encourage further understanding of multiplicative structures through application and analysis of the distributivity of multiplication over addition. 3. Geometry Grades PreK-2 11. Encourage young children's exploration of characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional shapes. 12. Encourage young children's application of similarity transformations to analyze geometric situations. 13. Encourage young children's use of visualization and spatial reasoning in their exploration of geometric shapes. Grades 3-5 14. Encourage students' exploration and mathematical analysis of the properties of two-dimensional geometric shapes. 15. Encourage students' use of geometric transformations to analyze mathematical situations. 16. Encourage students' use of visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems. 4. Measurement Grades PreK-2 17. Encourage young children's exploration and understanding of measurement concepts and relationships. 18. Encourage young children to accurately apply appropriate tools and techniques to linear measurement. Grades 3-5 19. Encourage students' exploration and understanding of measurement concepts and relationships. 20. Encourage students' appropriate application of conventional measuring tools in varied situations. 5. Data Analysis and Probability Grades PreK-2 21. Encourage young children's collection, display, and organization of objects and data. 22. Encourage the idea in young children that data, graphs, and charts give information. 23. Encourage young children's informal explorations of probability. Grades 3-5 24. Encourage students to explore questions they find personally relevant and that can be addressed by data collection and analysis. 25. Encourage students to become more precise in their mathematical descriptions of data. 26. Encourage students to explore and evaluate issues of representativeness and inference. 27. Encourage students' exploration and quantification of simple probabilistic events. 6. Problem Solving Grades PreK-2 28. Encourage young children to ask mathematical questions and to identify essential mathematical information. 29. Assess young children's abilities to solve problems through examination of student work and conversations. Grades 3-5 30. Encourage students' development and application of problem-solving strategies. 31. Select rich, appropriate, and challenging problems and orchestrate their use. 7. Reasoning and Proof Grades PreK-2 32. Encourage young children to explain their thinking by stating their reasons. 33. Ask questions that encourage young children to make conjectures and to justify their thinking. Grades 3-5 34. Encourage children to reason about the relationships that apply to the numbers, operations, or shapes that they are studying. 35. Focus on general mathematical structures and relationships. 8. Communication Grades PreK-2 36. Encourage young children's verbal and written communication of mathematics concepts and ideas. 37. Expect young children to explain their thinking and give them opportunities to talk with and listen to their peers. Grades 3-5 38. Encourage students to share their thinking, to ask questions, and to justify their ideas. 39. Provide models for student dialogue about mathematics. 9. Connections Grades PreK-2 40. Encourage young children to make connections among mathematical ideas, vocabulary, and representations. 41. Make links between routine school activities and mathematics. Grades 3-5 42. Encourage students to see that mathematics is a web of closely connected ideas. 43. Select tasks that help students explore and develop increasingly sophisticated mathematical ideas. 10. Representation Grades PreK-2 44. Encourage young children to represent their mathematical ideas and procedures in varied ways. 45. Create a learning environment that supports and encourages children's use of multiple representations. Grades 3-5 46. Encourage students to use representations to support, clarify, and extend their mathematical ideas. 47. Choose tasks that embody rich and varied representational structures. Epilogue Index

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  • publication date: 02/11/2006
  • ISBN13: 9781412915038
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9781412915038
  • weight: 358
  • ISBN10: 1412915031

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