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Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12
14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning

First Edition


October 2020 | 336 pages | Corwin

A thinking student is an engaged student

Teachers often find it difficult to implement lessons that help students go beyond rote memorization and repetitive calculations. In fact, institutional norms and habits that permeate all classrooms can actually be enabling “non-thinking” student behavior. Sparked by observing teachers struggle to implement rich mathematics tasks to engage students in deep thinking, Peter Liljedahl has translated his 15 years of research into this practical guide on how to move toward a thinking classroom. Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K–12 helps teachers implement 14 optimal practices for thinking that create an ideal setting for deep mathematics learning to occur. This guide

  • Provides the what, why, and how of each practice and answers teachers’ most frequently asked questions
  • Includes firsthand accounts of how these practices foster thinking through teacher and student interviews and student work samples
  • Offers a plethora of macro moves, micro moves, and rich tasks to get started
  • Organizes the 14 practices into four toolkits that can be implemented in order and built on throughout the year.

When combined, these unique research-based practices create the optimal conditions for learner-centered, student-owned deep mathematical thinking and learning, and have the power to transform mathematics classrooms like never before.


 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: What Are the Types of Tasks We Use in a Thinking Classroom?
 
Chapter 2: How We Form Collaborative Groups in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 3: Where Students Work in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 4: How We Arrange the Furniture in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 5: How We Answer Questions in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 6: When, Where, and How Tasks are Given in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 7: What Homework Looks Like in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 8: How We Foster Student Autonomy in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 9: How We Use Hints and Extensions in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 10: How we Consolidate a Lesson in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 11: How Students Take Notes in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 12: What We Choose to Evaluate in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 13: How We Use Formative Assessment in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 14: How We Grade in a Thinking Classroom
 
Chapter 15: Pulling the 14 Practices Together to Build a Thinking Classroom
 
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ISBN: 9781544374833