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Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 3-5

Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 3-5

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March 2019 | 280 pages | Corwin
It could happen in the morning during homework review. Or perhaps it happens when listening to students as they struggle through a challenging problem. Or maybe even after class, when planning a lesson. At some point, the question arises: How do I influence students' learning—what’s going to generate that light bulb “aha” moment of understanding?

In this sequel to the megawatt best seller Visible Learning for Mathematics, John Almarode, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Hattie, and Kateri Thunder help you answer that question by showing how Visible Learning strategies look in action in the mathematics classroom. Walk in the shoes of elementary school teachers as they engage in the 200 micro-decisions-per-minute needed to balance the strategies, tasks, and assessments seminal to high-impact mathematics instruction.

Using grade-leveled examples and a decision-making matrix, you’ll learn to

  • Articulate clear learning intentions and success criteria at surface, deep, and transfer levels
  • Employ evidence to guide students along the path of becoming metacognitive and self-directed mathematics achievers
  • Use formative assessments to track what students understand, what they don’t, and why
  • Select the right task for the conceptual, procedural, or application emphasis you want, ensuring the task is for the right phase of learning
  • Adjust the difficulty and complexity of any task to meet the needs of all learners

It’s not only what works, but when. Exemplary lessons, video clips, and online resources help you leverage the most effective teaching practices at the most effective time to meet the surface, deep, and transfer learning needs of every student.

List of Videos
About the Authors
What Works Best  
What Works Best When  
The Path to Assessment-Capable Visible Learners in Mathematics  
How This Book Works  
Chapter 1. Teaching With Clarity in Mathematics
Components of Effective Mathematics Learning  
Surface, Deep, and Transfer Learning  
Moving Learners Through the Phases of Learning  
Differentiating Tasks for Complexity and Difficulty  
Approaches to Mathematics Instruction  
Checks for Understanding  
Profiles of Three Teachers  
Chapter 2. Teaching for the Application of Concepts and Thinking Skills
Ms. Buchholz and the Relationship Between Multiplication and Division  
Ms. Mills and Equivalent Fractions and Decimals  
Ms. Campbell and the Packing Problem  
Chapter 3. Teaching for Conceptual Understanding
Ms. Buchholz and the Meaning of Multiplication  
Ms. Mills and Representing Division as Fractions  
Ms. Campbell and the Volume of a Rectangular Prism  
Chapter 4. Teaching for Procedural Knowledge and Fluency
Ms. Buchholz and Fluent Division Strategies  
Ms. Mills and Comparing Fractions  
Ms. Campbell and Computing Volume  
Chapter 5. Knowing Your Impact: Evaluating for Mastery
What Is Mastery Learning?  
Ensuring Tasks Evaluate Mastery  
Ensuring Tests Evaluate Mastery  
Feedback for Mastery  
Final Reflection  
A. Effect Sizes  
B. Planning for Clarity Guide  
C. Learning Intentions and Success Criteria Template  
D. A Selection of International Mathematical Practice or Process Standards  

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