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Succeeding at Teaching Mathematics, K-6

Succeeding at Teaching Mathematics, K-6

February 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin
For new primary and elementary school teachers responsible for teaching mathematics, Succeeding at Teaching Mathematics, K-6 will get them off to a great start. As math and testing standards have become more rigorous, many new teachers find this a challenging subject to teach.

This handbook answers the most pressing questions for novice teachers of math, including what to teach first and how to:

- Set up and secure materials

- Manage the math classroom

- Assess understanding

- Use the math text and when and why to set it aside

- Set up a grade book

- Use standardized test data

- Engage all students in learning math

This thorough resource includes sample letters to parents, classroom vignettes, math games for learning and assessment, and an overview of math standards and how they relate to real-life curriculum. Teachers will also find strategies for differentiating for all learners, tips for classroom management, procedures for math tasks and transitions, guidelines for the first day of school, and suggestions for the crucial first and last five minutes of every class. For the new teacher of math in a contained primary or elementary classroom and for the new specialized elementary math teacher, this book is invaluable - a must!

About the Authors
1. A Glimpse at Mathematics Instruction
Two Illustrations

Success in Teaching Mathematics


2. Standards-Based Teaching
Why Do We Need Standards for Teaching Mathematics?

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards

State and District Standards for Teaching Mathematics

The Relationship Between Standards and Standards-Based Mathematics Textbooks

NCTM Curriculum Focal Points

Examples of Standards-Based Activities Involving Algebraic Thinking


3. Engaging Students in Learning Mathematics
What Is Engagement?

Engaging Learners in the Affective Domain

Affective Issues Related to Teaching and Learning Mathematics

Students Engaged in Learning Probability


4. Engagement Strategies for Special Populations
The Special Needs Learner

The Gifted Learner

The English Language Learner

Example of Engaging Learners in a Mathematics Classroom


5. Assessment
Developing Assessments: The Use of Backward Design

Types of Assessment


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


6. Putting It All Together
The Year at a Glance: Designing Your Curriculum

Making Connections Within Mathematics

Making Connections Across the Curriculum

Mathematical Connections Across Grades

Succeeding at Teaching Mathematics?and Loving It!

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

"I wish I'd had this book when I began teaching years ago."

Beth Peters, Mathematics Education Consultant

"An excellent, concise book for novice mathematics teachers, with good ideas for experienced teachers as well."

Colleen Martin, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Wilder Waite Grade School, Peoria, IL

"Helps new educators handle classroom math challenges through examples of effective teaching methods for math."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review

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