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What Successful Math Teachers Do, Grades 6-12

What Successful Math Teachers Do, Grades 6-12
80 Research-Based Strategies for the Common Core-Aligned Classroom

Second Edition

August 2013 | 272 pages | Corwin
What works in math and why has never been the issue; the research is all out there. Where teachers struggle is the "how"—something the research rarely manages to tackle. That's the big service What Successful Math Teachers Do provides. It's a powerful portal to what the best research looks like in practice, strategy by strategy—aligned in this new edition to both the Common Core and the NCTM Standards.

How exactly does What Successful Math Teachers Do work? It couldn't be easier to navigate. The book's eleven chapters organize clusters of strategies around a single aspect of a typical instructional program. For each of the 75 strategies, the authors present:

A brief description of that strategy

A summary of supporting research

The NCTM and Common Core Standards it meets--and how

Classroom applications, with examples

Precautions and possible pitfalls

Primary sources for further reading and research

About the Authors
Chapter 1. Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them
Chapter 2. Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively
Chapter 3. Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others
Chapter 4. Model With Mathematics
Chapter 5. Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
Chapter 6. Attend to Precision
Chapter 7. Look for and Make Use of Structure
Chapter 8. Look for and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning
Chapter 9. Manage Your Classroom
Chapter 10. Assess Student Progress
Chapter 11. Consider Social Aspects in Teaching Mathematics
Resource: What the Authors Say

"This book is a resource for teachers with easy to understand strategies to use in the Math classroom that really are common sense strategies coupled with research.  Along with the research, each strategy aligns with Common Standards and provides teachers with Classroom Applications.  There are many strategies for teachers to try within each chapter because one-size does not fit all.  Each strategy also provides Precautions and Possible Pitfalls which indicate that these strategies have been tried by teachers with experience and with this background knowledge, can certainly be implemented into a Math classroom."

Kim Cottini, Math Learning Consultant

"An absolute must for all mathematics teachers, 6–12. Don’t know how to motivate and inspire your mathematics students. Pick up this book and learn what works in the classroom while also understanding how to instill the mathematical practices of the Common Core State Standards."

Diane S. Coupal, Math Adjunct Lecturer
State University of New York at Plattsburgh

"As an educator for more than 15 years, this book is the first to address subject specific and developmentally appropriate pedagogical needs for students.  Teachers that read this book will understand effective and appropriate math pedagogy."

Nathan Herzog Ph.D., Associate Professor
William Jessup University

"The authors’ work stands to provide a single location where the classroom teacher may find examples of research-based and standards-supporting best practices, drawing upon a variety of sources and providing starting points for educators to read more about the actions. Considering the wealth of research available and the number of standards and expectations that the modern mathematics teacher must juggle in day-to-day practice, the authors’ work is relevant and will assist teachers in connecting instructions to research and standards."

Steven Willott, National Board Certified Mathematics Teacher
Francis Howell North High School

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Chapter 4

Chapter 10

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ISBN: 9781452259130

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