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Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6-8
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Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6-8

First Edition


November 2018 | 264 pages | Corwin

Select the right task, at the right time, for the right phase of learning

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 middle 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
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
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

 
Checks for Understanding

 
Profiles of Three Teachers

 
Reflection

 
 
Chapter 2. Teaching for the Application of Concepts and Thinking Skills
Ms. Halstrom and Circles and Cylinders

 
Ms. Fernandez and Systems of Linear Equations

 
Mr. Singh and Integers

 
Reflection

 
 
Chapter 3. Teaching for Conceptual Understanding
Ms. Halstrom and Circles and Cylinders

 
Ms. Fernandez and Systems of Linear Equations

 
Mr. Singh and Integers

 
Reflection

 
 
Chapter 4. Teaching for Procedural Knowledge and Fluency
Ms. Halstrom and Circles and Cylinders

 
Ms. Fernandez and Systems of Linear Equations

 
Mr. Singh and Integers

 
Reflection

 
 
Chapter 5. Knowing Your Impact: Evaluating for Mastery
What Is Mastery Learning?

 
Ensuring Tasks Evaluate Mastery

 
Ensuring Tests Evaluate Mastery

 
Feedback for Mastery

 
Conclusion

 
Final Reflection

 
 
Appendices
A. Effect Sizes

 
B. Teaching for Clarity Planning Guide

 
C. Learning Intentions and Success Criteria Template

 
D. A Selection of International Mathematical Practice or Process Standards

 
 
References
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents

Introduction


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