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Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math
Five to Thrive [series]

April 2022 | 184 pages | Corwin

Let’s face it, teaching secondary math can be hard. So much about how we teach math today may look and feel different from how we learned it. Teaching math in a student-centered way changes the role of the teacher from one who traditionally “delivers knowledge” to one who fosters thinking. Most importantly, we must ensure our practice gives each and every student the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve at high levels, while providing opportunities to develop their agency and authority in the classroom which results in a positive math identity.

Whether you are a brand new teacher or a veteran, if you find teaching math to be quite the challenge, this is the guide you want by your side. Designed for just-in-time learning and support, this practical resource gives you brief, actionable answers to your most pressing questions about teaching secondary math. Written by four experienced math educators representing diverse experiences, these authors offer the practical advice they wish they received years ago, from lessons they've learned over decades of practice, research, coaching, and through collaborating with teams, teachers and colleagues—especially new teachers—every day.

Questions and answers are organized into five areas of effort that will help you most thrive in your secondary math classroom: 

  1. How do I build a positive math community?
  2. How do I structure, organize, and manage my math class?
  3. How do I engage my students in math?
  4. How do I help my students talk about math?
  5. How do I know what my students know and move them forward?

Woven throughout, you'll find helpful sidebar notes on fostering identity and agency; access and equity; teaching in different settings; and invaluable resources for deeper learning. The final question—Where do I go from here?— offers guidance for growing your practice over time. Strive to become the best math educator you can be; your students are counting on it!  What will be your first step on the journey?

The most effective secondary mathematics teachers are likely to have a ragged, well-loved copy of Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math on their desks. This book synthesizes decades of research that supports strong student learning outcomes and distills it into practical, easy-to-implement recommendations for teachers. New and experienced teachers alike will find new and important ideas that can be  used immediately to strengthen their practice and increase engagement with their mathematics learners.

Michael D. Steele
Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences
Zionsville, IN

Whether you are an aspiring, beginning, or experienced teacher of mathematics, the authors have put together an indispensable book that will become your most dog-eared professional resource. Combining findings from the literature with their extensive experience as teachers, the authors  answer some of the most frequently asked questions in five critical domains of effective mathematics teaching. This is the resource I wish I had when I was teaching!

Matt Larson
Lincoln, NE

This book answers key questions essential to setting up a classroom environment where students thrive using practical examples, tips, suggestions,  and addressing frequently asked questions. This is a great handbook for any new teacher trying to figure it all out.

Chonda Long
Springfield, VA

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math provides an excellent resource for new math teachers and veteran teachers alike. The advice is practical and written such that strategies for increasing access and equity in mathematics can be implemented at any time of the year. The book centers students as doers of mathematics and gives the reader easy-to-read advice for how to promote a discourse-centered classroom where every student can be successful in mathematics.

Emma Vierheller
Penta Career Center
Perrysburg, OH

The authors of Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math are to be commended for writing this important book. How I wish I would have had such a resource when I began my career as a high school mathematics teacher. This book covers the why and the how of creating equitable mathematics classrooms from the very beginning. I also appreciate the strong focus on agency and identity. This book is a must-have for new secondary mathematics teachers. Experienced teachers will also find a wealth of resources for improving mathematics instruction.

Kyndall Brown
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA

I highly recommend Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math for current teachers, preservice teachers, instructional leaders  and administrators as a guide to embodying foundational truths about mathematics, including that every student is capable of developing deep mathematical understanding and contributing to the knowledge of the classroom community. Readers will be drawn to the insightful tips, concrete content examples, and helpful tables, which illuminate strategies and beliefs to thrive. Add this book to your shelf today!

Sarah Bush
Winter Park, FL

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math is a must for every teacher of mathematics! This is a resource filled with practical guidance, accessible resources, and opportunities to reflect on your teaching journey. Whether you are just starting your journey or far into that journey, keep this book with you throughout and enjoy the journey!

Trena L. Wilkerson
Waco, TX

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math is a fabulous tour de force of the big ideas in teaching mathematics that will enable preservice and in-service teachers to optimize their teaching practices and to maximize the opportunity to learn for all students. It is the most practical condensation of recommendations for the teaching of mathematics to date.

J. Michael Shaughnessy
Portland, OR

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math is an invaluable distillation of the most current, research-based best practices with practical strategies for implementing them. Written by classroom teachers, for classroom teachers, this book belongs on the shelf of every secondary math teacher.

Jason Slowbe
Great Oak High School
Temecula, CA

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math is a musthave for every new and early career teacher and a great resource for those who are experienced. The wealth of knowledge and strategies shared here make this an invaluable resource and will positively impact student learning. I wish I had this when I started teaching middle school 25+ years ago!

Kevin Dykema
Mattawan Middle School
Mattawan, MI

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