A Mathematical Passage: Strategies for Promoting Inquiry in Grades 4-6 / Edition 1

A Mathematical Passage: Strategies for Promoting Inquiry in Grades 4-6 / Edition 1

by Robin Cox, David Whitin, Robin W. Cox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325005060

ISBN-13: 9780325005065

Pub. Date: 07/31/2003

Publisher: Heinemann

If you're searching for practical answers to the challenge of inquiry while meeting the demands of covering the curriculum, look no further than A Mathematical Passage.

In this book, classroom teacher Robin Cox and university professor David Whitin tell how they devised strategies and activities to nurture the same kind of initiative, voice, and

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If you're searching for practical answers to the challenge of inquiry while meeting the demands of covering the curriculum, look no further than A Mathematical Passage.

In this book, classroom teacher Robin Cox and university professor David Whitin tell how they devised strategies and activities to nurture the same kind of initiative, voice, and ownership in mathematics that children display in writing their own stories and choosing their own books to read. They offer a wealth of information for teachers who want to make a similar kind of passage toward inquiry in mathematics. Here you will find:

  • lesson plans that outline mathematical content and strategies, as well as important attitudes and dispositions
  • specific connections to NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
  • detailed descriptions of ways to build a community of mathematical inquirers
  • strategies for developing and managing a math workshop
  • suggestions for encouraging children to be independent, responsible, and reflective decision makers
  • ways to use math journals to assess children's understandings
  • activities that promote interdisciplinary connections
  • strategies for using conversation to challenge, clarify, justify, and extend mathematical thinking
  • tips on communicating with parents
  • references to manipulatives, children's literature, and real-world applications
  • parallels between the work of children and the work of mathematicians, such as discovering patterns, developing hypotheses, posing and extending problems.
Better understand the nature of inquiry learning. Nurture its growth in your own classroom. See how key principles of learning are consistent across the curriculum. Read Whitin and Cox.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325005065
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
07/31/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Looking at Beliefs in the Mathematics Community3
Ch. 1Understanding the Classroom: An Interview with the Teacher6
Ch. 2Mathematicians Keep Records and Pose Their Own Problems22
Ch. 3Mathematicians Are Skeptics Who Go Beyond the Data36
Ch. 4Mathematicians Are Problem Solvers Who Invent Their Own Tools55
Ch. 5Mathematicians Discover Patterns and Relationships80
Ch. 6Developing a Math Workshop109
Ch. 7Reflections on Living a Mathematical Life136
References141

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