Author: Robert L. Baber
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2011-09-09
A new and unique way of understanding the translation of concepts and natural language into mathematical expressions Transforming a body of text into corresponding mathematical expressions and models is traditionally viewed and taught as a mathematical problem; it is also a task that most find difficult. The Language of Mathematics: Utilizing Math in Practice reveals a new way to view this process—not as a mathematical problem, but as a translation, or language, problem. By presenting the language of mathematics explicitly and systematically, this book helps readers to learn mathematics¿and improve their ability to apply mathematics more efficiently and effectively to practical problems in their own work. Using parts of speech to identify variables and functions in a mathematical model is a new approach, as is the insight that examining aspects of grammar is highly useful when formulating a corresponding mathematical model. This book identifies the basic elements of the language of mathematics, such as values, variables, and functions, while presenting the grammatical rules for combining them into expressions and other structures. The author describes and defines different notational forms for expressions, and also identifies the relationships between parts of speech and other grammatical elements in English and components of expressions in the language of mathematics. Extensive examples are used throughout that cover a wide range of real-world problems and feature diagrams and tables to facilitate understanding. The Language of Mathematics is a thought-provoking book of interest for readers who would like to learn more about the linguistic nature and aspects of mathematical notation. The book also serves as a valuable supplement for engineers, technicians, managers, and consultants who would like to improve their ability to apply mathematics effectively, systematically, and efficiently to practical problems.
Author: Concepcion Molina
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2012-09-06
Teaching K-12 math becomes an easier task when everyone understands the language, symbolism, and representation of math concepts Published in partnership with SEDL, The Problem with Math Is English illustrates how students often understand fundamental mathematical concepts at a superficial level. Written to inspire ?aha? moments, this book enables teachers to help students identify and comprehend the nuances and true meaning of math concepts by exploring them through the lenses of language and symbolism, delving into such essential topics as multiplication, division, fractions, place value, proportional reasoning, graphs, slope, order of operations, and the distributive property. Offers a new way to approach teaching math content in a way that will improve how all students, and especially English language learners, understand math Emphasizes major attributes of conceptual understanding in mathematics, including simple yet deep definitions of key terms, connections among key topics, and insightful interpretation This important new book fills a gap in math education by illustrating how a deeper knowledge of math concepts can be developed in all students through a focus on language and symbolism.
The Standards for Mathematical Practice promise to elevate students' learning of math from knowledge to application and bring rigor to math classrooms. Here, the authors unpack each of the eight Practices and provide a wealth of practical ideas and activities to help teachers quickly integrate them into their existing math program.
"Mathematics revision & practice is a series of four books for the first four years of secondary school, providing a complete systematic program of revision and practice. The topics covered are based on the national mathematics profiles." - back cover.
Author: Max Ray
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
Release Date: 2013
How can we break the cycle of frustrated students who "drop out of math" because the procedures just don't make sense to them? Or who memorize the procedures for the test but don't really understand the mathematics? Max Ray and his colleagues at the Math Forum @ Drexel University say "problem solved," by offering their collective wisdom about how students become proficient problem solvers, through the lens of the CCSS for Mathematical Practices. They unpack the process of problem solving in fresh new ways and turn the Practices into activities that teachers can use to foster habits of mind required by the Common Core: communicating ideas and listening to the reflections of others estimating and reasoning to see the "big picture" of a problem organizing information to promote problem solving using modeling and representations to visualize abstract concepts reflecting on, revising, justifying, and extending the work. Powerful Problem Solving shows what's possible when students become active doers rather than passive consumers of mathematics. Max argues that the process of sense-making truly begins when we create questioning, curious classrooms full of students' own thoughts and ideas. By asking "What do you notice? What do you wonder?" we give students opportunities to see problems in big-picture ways, and discover multiple strategies for tackling a problem. Self-confidence, reflective skills, and engagement soar, and students discover that the goal is not to be "over and done," but to realize the many different ways to approach problems. Read a sample chapter. Save 15% when you purchase 15 copies with a Book Study Bundle!
This new, practical book provides an explanation of each of the eight mathematical practices and gives elementary school educators specific instructional strategies that align with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Math teachers, curriculum coordinators, and district math supervisors get practical ideas on how to engage elementary school students in mathematical practices, develop problem-solving skills, and promote higher-order thinking. Learn how to scaffold activities across grades and get strategies you can implement immediately in your classroom. All K-5 mathematics educators should have this book in their professional libraries!
Transform mathematics learning from “doing” to “thinking” American students are losing ground in the global mathematical environment. What many of them lack is numeracy—the ability to think through the math and apply it outside of the classroom. Referencing the new common core and NCTM standards, the authors outline nine critical thinking habits that foster numeracy and show you how to: Monitor and repair students’ understanding Guide students to recognize patterns Encourage questioning for understanding Develop students’ mathematics vocabulary Included are several numeracy-rich lesson plans, complete with clear directions and student handouts.
Get them talking: Your formula for bringing math concepts to life! Want your middle schoolers to intelligently engage with mathematical ideas? Look no further. This research-based gem brings tough Standards for Mathematical Practice 3 standards for mathematical argumentation and critical reasoning alive—all within a thoroughly explained four-part model that covers generating cases, conjecturing, justifying, and concluding. Immediately engage students in fun, classroom-ready argumentation activities Help students explore—and take ownership of—mathematical ideas and concepts Promote precise use of mathematical language Includes games, vignettes, a rich companion website, sample tasks, and links to online tools. Bring well-planned, well-constructed mathematical discourse to life in your classroom today!
Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
Release Date: 2000-08-11
First released in the Spring of 1999, How People Learn has been expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning. Like the original edition, this book offers exciting new research about the mind and the brain that provides answers to a number of compelling questions. When do infants begin to learn? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What can teachers and schools do-with curricula, classroom settings, and teaching methods--to help children learn most effectively? New evidence from many branches of science has significantly added to our understanding of what it means to know, from the neural processes that occur during learning to the influence of culture on what people see and absorb. How People Learn examines these findings and their implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. The book uses exemplary teaching to illustrate how approaches based on what we now know result in in-depth learning. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system. Topics include: How learning actually changes the physical structure of the brain. How existing knowledge affects what people notice and how they learn. What the thought processes of experts tell us about how to teach. The amazing learning potential of infants. The relationship of classroom learning and everyday settings of community and workplace. Learning needs and opportunities for teachers. A realistic look at the role of technology in education.
Author: Arthur A. Hyde
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
Release Date: 2006
In Comprehending Math Arthur Hyde (coauthor of the popular Best Practice) shows you how to adapt some of your favorite and most effective reading comprehension strategies to help your students with important mathematical concepts. Emphasizing problem solving, Hyde and his colleagues demonstrate how to build into your practice math-based variations of: K--W--L visualizing asking questions inferring predicting making connections determining importance synthesizing
Plan, focus, and lead: Your toolkit for inspiring math teachers What’s your go-to resource for guiding teachers to grow mathematics proficiency in their classrooms? This comprehensive toolkit for busy math coaches positions student learning as the focus of all work, and connects the Eight Mathematical Practices for students with NCTM’s Eight Effective Teaching Practices to deliver coaching strategies that work. Use the coaching cycle—plan, gather data, reflect—to build trust and rapport with teachers. Navigate coaching conversations. Plan, focus, and facilitate professional learning communities. Includes examples from the field, resources, and a plethora of tools to download and share. Create a professional learning plan that empowers you to lead with clarity and purpose.
Minds-on Mathematics explains the core elements of math workshop and provides detailed strategies for implementing the workshop structure, including Lesson Openers that engage students,Minilessons that model thinking and problem solving.
Author: Suzanne H. Chapin
Publisher: Math Solutions
Release Date: 2009
This best seller offers an unparalleled look at the significant role that classroom discussions can play in teaching mathematics and deepening students’ mathematical understanding. Based on a four-year research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the second edition includes more examples of classroom talk focusing on pre-algebra and early grade levels; an expanded range of vignettes; chapter-ending discussion questions for book study groups; connections to NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics; and an index of every mathematical and Standards for School Mathematics; and an index of every mathematical example used, classified by grade level and mathematical emphasis.