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Math Know-How
Answers to Your Most Persistent Teaching Issues, Grades 3-5

- Thomasenia Lott Adams - University of Florida, USA
- Joanne LaFramenta - University of Florida, USA

** From two math coaches who really know how**Have you ever wished there were a single resource to help you tackle your most persistent teaching issues once and for all? To engage students in more meaningful ways? To provide the tools you need to increase students’ understanding of key mathematical concepts? All at the same time! Math coaches Thomasenia Lott Adams and Joanne LaFramenta have just written it.

Written especially for grade 3-5 teachers, *Math Know-How* is organized around real questions Adams and LaFramenta have fielded from real teachers—questions that have remained remarkably consistent across the hundreds of educators they have advised . Now these two coaches share their hard-won wisdom with you, including how to

- Employ strategies to connect instruction to the CCSS, especially the Mathematical Practices
- Negotiate the wide range of lesson planning and instructional choices
- Catch up when you fall behind your pacing guide
- Explore the myriad possibilities for exploiting technology in the classroom
- Engage students with diverse learning needs

Read this book cover to cover and start asking and answering questions of your own about your teaching practice.

*“As we shift from individual standards to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, this book will be a valuable resource in establishing strategies and instructional techniques to better equip teachers for the overwhelming transition.”
*—Nena Mathews, Math/Science Teacher, Florence, SC

Creating the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics |

Theoretical Basis of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics |

Structure of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics |

Two Brief Notes |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

Learning: The Primary Purpose of School and the Primary Goal of Teaching |

The Nature of Learning |

Formative Assessment: Discovering the Prior Knowledge |

Types of Formative Assessment Practices |

Making the Decisions of Teaching |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

Pacing Guides for Mathematics Instruction |

Role of the Mathematics Pacing Guide |

How Do Mathematics Standards Influence the Pacing Guide? |

Pacing and Mastery |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

Perspective: Mathematics Content |

Perspective: Models of Instruction |

4-A Way to Mathematical Success |

Overarching Instructional Strategies |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

Introduction to Differentiated Instruction |

Specific Points About Differentiated Instruction |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

Young Students Learn Best When Mathematics Is Linked to a Real-World Context |

Selection of Manipulatives |

Use of Manipulatives |

Tools in the Practice Standards |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

Technology in the Classrooms |

Technology for the Learner |

Effective Implementation in the Classroom |

Evaluating the Use of the Technology |

Technology for the Teacher |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

What Is Reflection on Teaching? |

Connecting Anticipations and Results |

Measuring the Outcomes |

The Formal Reflection Process |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

The Expectations From the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) |

The Special Case of Gloria Jean Merriex |

Culturally Responsive Teaching |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

Introduction |

Summative Assessment |

Authentic Assessment |

Summary |

Questions and Tasks for Reflection |

All Eyes on Mathematics Education |

"Math Know-How* is a useful resource that underlines best practices for effective mathematics instruction. In a responsive way, the authors made a necessary contribution to help teachers understand how to help develop students' mathematics thinking. The book will be helpful to new and experienced elementary teachers of mathematics."*

**Webster Elementary School, Webster, FL**

*"As we shift from our individual state standards to Common Core State Standards for mathematics, this book will be a valuable resource in establishing strategies and instructional techniques to better equip teachers for the overwhelming transition for teaching mathematics with a new way of thinking. As a master teacher, it will be a resource that I will turn to for mentoring teachers."*

**Lee Central Middle School, Bishopville, SC**

*"This resource is a compendium of research-based ideas, tools, and insights that provide teachers, as ever-emerging professionals, the ammunition needed to formulate and implement strategies for success in the mathematics classroom. The material is presented in such a way as to offer pragmatic overviews in digestible chapters that paint a mosaic of the multitude of issues that teachers must face for effective and efficient learning environments. The author engages the reader in reflective questioning – avoiding the notion that effective teaching “just happens” – and instead, providing a view that this is a profession that demands study and dedicated and informed effort to assist students in understanding the richness and beauty that can be found in mathematics."*

**Mathematics Learning Center, University of Nevada Las Vegas**