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Succeeding at Teaching Secondary Mathematics
Your First Year

- Cheryl D. Roddick - San José State University, USA
- Julie Sliva Spitzer - San José State University, USA

*"Here is a resource that all math teachers can use. This book maps out a road to success by incorporating best practices, innovative ideas, and proven strategies that will help any teacher reach today's students. It is filled with illustrations and explanations on how to turn your classroom into an active learning environment that appeals to the students of the 21st century. This book is an invaluable resource in transforming my classroom—now my students want to come to math class, and they are learning!"*—Amanda McKee, Mathematics Teacher

Florence County School District #5, Johnsonville, SC

*All the support and guidance new mathematics teachers need—in one invaluable resource!*

In today's world of increased accountability, teaching mathematics offers more challenges than ever before. This resource helps beginning teachers get off to a great start by providing information on everything from assessment to standards-based teaching to student engagement strategies.

The authors focus on NCTM content and process standards and offer guidelines for instructing and assessing English language learners, students with special needs, and gifted students. Filled with practical strategies as well as helpful classroom vignettes that encourage thought-provoking discussions on teaching middle and high school mathematics, this guide shows teachers how to:

- Focus on the big ideas in teaching mathematics
- Design a curriculum that is meaningful
- Differentiate instruction to include all learners
- Engage students by meeting their affective, behavioral, and cognitive needs
- Use a variety of methods to assess students' understanding

Covering the key elements to successful teaching, this essential mathematics resource helps beginning educators lead their class with confidence!

Two Illustrations |

Vignette 1: Algebra I—Shake Across America |

Discussion |

Adaptations and Extensions |

Vignette 2: Seventh Grade—Surface Area With Polydron Shapes |

Discussion |

Adaptations and Extensions |

Success in Teaching Mathematics |

Summary |

Why Do We Need Standards for Teaching Mathematics? |

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles and Standards |

State and District Standards for Teaching Mathematics |

The Relationship Between Standards and Standards-Based Mathematics Textbooks |

Aligning Algebraic Reading With the Process Standards |

Summary |

What Is Engagement? |

Engaging Learners in the Affective Domain |

Vignette 1: Math Clubs |

Vignette 2: Seventh Grade—Math Jeopardy |

Glasser's Five Basic Needs |

Vignette 3: Increasing a Student's Confidence in Mathematics |

A Fresh Look at Math Clubs and Math Jeopardy |

Affective Issues Related to Teaching and Learning Mathematics |

Students Engaged in Learning Probability |

Engaging Learners in the Behavioral Domain |

Engaging Learners in the Cognitive Domain |

Summary |

Vignette 1: Disparate Learners in Algebra I |

The Special Needs Learner |

The Gifted Learner |

The English Language Learner |

Examples of Engaging Learners in a Mathematics Classroom |

Vignette 2: Permutations, Counting, and Ice Cream Cones |

Discussion |

Summary |

Types of Assessment |

Rubrics |

Developing Assessments: The Use of Backward Design |

Grading and Assessment Schemes |

Practical Ways of Assessing Throughout the Instructional Process |

Tailoring Assessments for Special Populations |

Data Driven Instructional Practices |

A Word About Standardized Tests |

Summary |

The Year at a Glance: Designing Your Curriculum |

Making Connections Within Mathematics |

Mathematical Connections Across the Grades |

More Connections Across the Grades |

Making Connections Across the Curriculum |

Succeeding at Teaching Mathematics—and Loving It! |

*“A nice addition to any burgeoning library of a new teacher.”*

*"A progressive book that tackles current issues facing teachers. The resources in this book are invaluable for new and practicing educators because of the shift in education toward developing data-driven cultures. This transformation has changed the responsibilities of teachers and the structure of mathematics classrooms in middle and high schools to a systematic approach, which facilitates student achievement and guides classrooms instruction."*

**San Jose Unified School District, CA**

*"Beginning teachers know more math and have met more psychological concepts than they'll ever need for teaching. What they really need and want now is a feel for how to communicate that math to students in the classroom. Roddick and Spitzer connect the dots for these teachers. Their well-designed classroom vignettes encourage beginners to think seriously about how to put together a lesson that engages and encourages students, how to work with children of differing abilities together in the same classroom, and how to evaluate all students fairly."*

**State University of New York**

*"Here is a resource that all math teachers can use. This book maps out a road to success by incorporating best practices, innovative ideas, and proven strategies that will help any teacher reach today's students. It is filled with illustrations and explanations on how to turn your classroom into an active learning environment that appeals to the students of the 21st century. This book was an invaluable resource in transforming my classroom—now my students want to come to math class, and they are learning!"*

**Florence County School District #5, Johnsonville, SC**

*"The authors do an excellent job of raising the most problematic issues for many first-year teachers and give rich mathematical tasks through vignettes that serve to raise, discuss and provide suggestions for addressing the issues. I highly recommend this book for the beginning teacher seeking advice for a successful first year of teaching."*

**Mathematics Teacher magazine, February 2011 (Vol. 104, No. 6)**