You are here

Math Know-How
Share

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



December 2013 | 208 pages | Corwin

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

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Mathematics Content and Mathematical Practices
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

 
 
2. Making Mathematics Teaching Decisions
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

 
 
3. Using the Pacing Guide Effectively
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

 
 
4. Approach to Planning Mathematics Instruction
Perspective: Mathematics Content

 
Perspective: Models of Instruction

 
4-A Way to Mathematical Success

 
Overarching Instructional Strategies

 
Summary

 
Questions and Tasks for Reflection

 
 
5. Facilitating Differentiated Instruction
Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

 
Specific Points About Differentiated Instruction

 
Summary

 
Questions and Tasks for Reflection

 
 
6. Teaching and Learning Mathematics With Manipulatives
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

 
 
7. Appropriate Use of Technology
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

 
 
8. Reflecting on the Teaching Practice of Mathematics
What Is Reflection on Teaching?

 
Connecting Anticipations and Results

 
Measuring the Outcomes

 
The Formal Reflection Process

 
Summary

 
Questions and Tasks for Reflection

 
 
9. Understanding the Learner
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

 
 
10. Mathematics Assessment 101
Introduction

 
Summative Assessment

 
Authentic Assessment

 
Summary

 
Questions and Tasks for Reflection

 
 
11. Conclusion
All Eyes on Mathematics Education

 
 
Appendix: Resources for Teachers
 
References
 
Index

"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."

Dr. Diana Elysee, Assistant Principal
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."

Nena Matthews, 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher
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."

William R. Speer, Director
Mathematics Learning Center, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Sample Materials & Chapters

Math Know-How Front Matter

Math Know-How Chapter One


Preview this book

Purchasing options

Volume Discounts Available

contact corwin

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781452282633

Order from: